Vincenzo Spallina

Vincenzo Spallina


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Personal profile


Vincenzo Spallina is Reader in Chemical Engineering and the academic lead of the James Chadwick Building. His research interests centre on developing and demonstrating new intensified reactors in the field of energy, chemical and biochemical processes. He has a particular interest in (i) chemical looping technologies, (i) waste purification and valorisation, and membrane-aided thermochemical reactors.

Vincenzo Spallina holds an MSc (2008) in Energy Engineering and a PhD cum laude in 2013 in Nuclear and Energy Science and Technology program from the Polytechnic of Milan (IT). After that, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Chemical Process Intensification Group at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He is PI and Co-I in several national and international projects with partnership with universities, research centres and industries. Before being appointed at the University of Manchester

Research interests

Current Research Projects:

§  CLYCHING (EPSRC - UKCCSRC funded, 01/09/2019 - 20/12/2020, £124 k): CLean hYdrogen and CHemicals production via chemical loopING - Principal Investigator

Testing and demonstration of an enhanced and autothermal chemical looping process in packed bed reactors includingprocess assessment through conceptual design. Project Partners: Johnson Matthey and Worley-Advisian.


§  BREIN-STORM (EPSRC - CREDS funded, 01/07/2019 - 30/06/2023, £857k out of £1.3M):Boosting Reduction of Energy Intensity in cleaN STeelworks platfORM - Principal Investigator

Development of new processes for the valorisation of blast furnace gas from integrated steelwork into hydrogen and chemicals with reduced CO2 emissions. Project partners: Cambridge University, Leeds University, Tata Steel, British Steel, Spanish Research Council  


§  H2020-C4U (H2020 - EU Commission, 01/04/2020 - 31/03/2024, €440k out of €12.5M): Advanced Carbon Capture for steel industries integrated in CCUS Clusters - Co-Investigator

C4U is a holistic interdisciplinary project involving the collaboration with 8 European countries and Mission Innovation Countries, Canada, China and USA aimed at addressing all the essential elements required for the optimal integration of CO2 capture in the iron and steel industry as part of the CCUS chain. The University of Manchester will contribute with the technology scale-up and techno-economic assessment of calcium-chemical looping process. Main Project partners: UCL, Johnson MAtthey (UK), Woods, Politecnico of Milan (Italy), Spanish Research Council (Spain), Arcelor Mittal (Luxembourg, Spain), ECN-TNO (Netherlands), SWERIM (Sweden). 


§  H2020-GLAMOUR (H2020 - EU Commission, 01/05/2020 - 31/04/2024, €911k out of €5M): GLycerol to Aviation and Marine prOducts with sUstainable Recycling - Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator

 Design, scale-up and validation of an integrated process that converts the waste bio-based feedstock such as crude glycerol into aviation and marine diesel fuels using gas-solid reactions such as chemical and calcium looping and 3D-printed structured catalyst. Demonstration will reach TRL5. Project Partners: Argent Energy (UK), TU Eindhoven and ECN-TNO (The Netherlands), Spanish Research Council CSIC (Spain), Ineratec and C&CS (Germany), VITO (Belgium), PNO and Siirtec Nigi (Italy).

§  SPACING (EPSRC funded, ref. EP/V026089/1 - 01/09/2021 - 31/05/2024, £620 k): Sustainable Production of ACrylic acId from reNewable waste Glycerol - Co-Investigator

Testing and demonstration of an advanced fluidised membrane reactor for the direct conversion of glycerol into acrylic acid. The project includes material & reactor testing and conceptual process design and integration. Project Partners: Johnson Matthey, Argent Energy and Eindhoven University of Technology.


Vincenzo is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester.

His research combines numerical modelling (from particle to the complete plant) and experimental testing of the technology up to the pilot scale to demonstrate new and sustainable process technologies. His main research interests lie in the gas-solid-reactions such as chemical looping and sorption technologies as well as gas separation applied using membrane technology and direct energy conversion systems with the ultimate goal to achieve a sustainable and clean process with improved performances in terms of energy, environmental performance and costs.

Vincenzo has been PI of a project on proof-of-concept of chemical looping for hydrogen and chemicals production (funded by UKCCSRC). He is currently the Project lead coordinator of an EU-H2020 project on chemical looping reforming for liquid fuels production (H2020 GLAMOUR, GA 884197), PI of an EPSRC project on energy demand reduction from Steel Industry (BREIN-STORM, EP/S030654/1), Co-I on a EU-H2020 project on advanced decarbonisation of steel plant and CCUS cluster (H2020 C4U, GA 884418), Co-I on ad EPSRC project on bio-based process for acrylic acid production (SPACING, EP/V026089/1) and Co-I on an Innovate UK project for aerospace applications (HAPPS, Innovate UK).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Energy and Nuclear Science and Technology, Politecnico di Milano

1 Jan 201021 Mar 2013

Award Date: 21 Mar 2013

Master of Engineering, Energy Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

21 Sept 200516 Dec 2008

Award Date: 16 Dec 2008

Bachelor of Engineering, Energy Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

21 Sept 200221 Jul 2005

Award Date: 21 Jul 2005

Areas of expertise

  • TP Chemical technology
  • Process Intensification
  • Energy
  • Chemical plant
  • Membrane technology
  • Chemical Looping
  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • power plant
  • turbomachines
  • heat exchangers
  • carbon capture


  • chemical looping
  • membrane technology
  • Process modelling
  • reactor modelling
  • CO2 capture and Utilization
  • Biofuels


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