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Paola Ammendola
Istituto di Ricerche sulla Combustione IRC-CNR
P.le V. Tecchio, 80 - 80125 Napoli (Italy)
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Paola Ammendola is an active researcher in the field of chemical reactors, technologies for processing granular solids, energy production from renewable sources and catalysis. Author of about 40 international publications in ISI Journals (about 500 citations, h-index = 14 @ august 2017 – source Scopus), over 70 publications in Conference proceedings with international and national Peer Review Committee and 3 patents. Her main research topics are:

  • Sound assisted fluidization for processing  cohesive powders
  • Use of fluidized bed reactors for clean energy production (CO2 capture, hydrogen production)
  • Development of innovative reactor configurations for energy production from renewable sources
  • Set-up of innovative catalytic systems for energy (hydrogen production and biomass tar conversion)
  • Study of comminution phenomena during biomass conversion in fluidized beds.


Paola Ammendola is now involved in the following national and international research projects:

  • Scientific and technological alliance for guaranteeing the European excellence in Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy – STAGE-STE (FP-7)
  • Solar Thermal Energy Solid Storage SOLTESS - PON - ricerca e formazione
  • CO2 capture and clean energy from fossil fuels (MSE)                      

Biographical Notes


Paola Ammendola received her degree in Chemical Engineering from the University Federico II of Naples (Italy) in 2003 and her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the same university in 2006. She had a post-doc research fellowship at the Istituto di Ricerche sulla Combustione from 2006 to 2010. She has a permanent position as researcher at the Istituto di Ricerche sulla Combustione since 2010. In 2017 Paola Ammendola received the National Scientific Qualification for Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering (D.D. n. 1532-29/07/2016). She has been involved in different national research projects (FISR, PON, Accordo di Programma MSE/CNR) and research agreements (Riello, ENI, CSM) since 2006. She is now the scientific coordinator for IRC in the framework of the FP-7 project STAGE-STE (2014-2018) with reference to the topic of solar energy storage in fluidized beds. Since 2011 she is involved in the Joint Program on CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) in the framework of the European alliance EERA. Since 2014 she is the reference person for IRC on Open Government. Since 2015 she is member of the Board of the IRC as delegate of researchers. She is the reference person of two activities in the framework of CNR PdGP 2016-2018. She is reviewer of many international journals in the field of chemical engineering and energy; she has been reviewer of different conferences in the field of fluidization and energy. She is member of the scientific specialists board of the Italian MIUR for the evaluation of national research projects (PRIN, SIR) since 2013. She is member of the reviewers board of CNR for the evaluation of research projects financed by Italian MiSE. She has been involved in training activities of researchers, she has been member of scientific committies od PhD students, she has been supervisor of several master degree theses and member of commissions for the recruitment of IRC. During her research activity Paola Ammendola has cooperated with different national and international research institutions or industries: Fraunhofer Institute Munich (Germany), Universidad de Sevilla (Spain), Magaldi S.p.A., CSM S.p.A. She received scientific awards: i) Key-note lecture at the International Conference Fluidization XIV (2013); ii) Distinguished Paper in the Stationary Combustion Colloquium of the 34th International Symposium on Combustion (2013) ; iii) Invited speaker at the Workshop on Thermal biomass gasification in small scale of IEA Bioenergy Agreement on Thermal Gasification of Biomass (2014).

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