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Istituto di Ricerche sulla Combustione – CNR
Piazzale V. Tecchio 80 – 80125 Napoli (Italy)
The Combustion Research Institute was founded in 1968 with the aim of establishing a public research body dedicated to the study of combustion processes, either relevant to energy conversion, or to the prevention and control of fires, explosions, accidental releases. In addition to the contribution to scientific advancement in these fields, the Istitute has greatly contributed over decades to the progress of other disciplines falling in the chemical engineering and neighbouring areas: chemical reactor engineering, analytical methods, multiphase flow, heat and mass transfer, to cite a few.
The Institute counts today 53 permanent staff, half of whom hold a university (master/doctoral) degree. The current research activities are developed along the following lines:
  • development of efficient and environmentally compatible combustion and gasification technologies
  • utilization of alternative fuels (e.g. biomass, wastes and refuse-derived fuels)
  • development of innovative intrusive and non intrusive combustion diagnostics
  • detailed modelling of reacting systems
  • assessment of safety with the use of inflammable materials
  • investigation of oxidation mechanisms and complex kinetics
  • control and removal of pollutants in flue gases
  • catalytic combustion/gasification and catalytic abatement of pollutants.
The Institute has established over the years a rich network of cooperative activities with universities, public and private research centres and companies, in Italy and worldwide. It is involved in several national and international cooperative research projects in the field of combustion.


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