About Nancy

Nancy Artioli is Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast since September 2015. She graduated in Chemical Engineering (Bachelor degree) at Politecnico di Milano in 2006 with a thesis work on the production of polylactic acid by transesterification of ethyl lactate. Then in 2008 she graduated with full marks and honors in Chemical Engineering (Master degree) at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) with the thesis ‘Reactivity of Co based supported catalysts in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis’. Her master thesis project dealt with the optimization of the operating conditions on different Co-based catalysts for Fisher-Tropsch synthesis. From 2008 to 2012 she was enrolled in the PhD program of the School of Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano. In 2012 she defended the thesis entitled ‘Catalytic Removal of NOx and soot from mobile sources’. During this 3 years PhD program she studied, in particular, the DPNR (Diesel Particulate NOx Removal) system, a catalytic aftertreatment technology that accomplishes the simultaneous removal of NOx and Diesel particulate. The behaviours of such catalytic systems have been investigated and clarified by means of transient reactivity techniques and isotopic labeled measurements. The work has been awarded with laude (highest grade). Also she was selected as the recipient of the PhD award 2011 of the School of Doctorate of Chemical Engineering. This award aims at recognizing PhD thesis that particularly distinguished for scientific productivity and relevance of the results. As part of the PhD program, she joined the group of Prof. Enrique Iglesia from August 2010 to August 2011, as visiting scholar at the Laboratory for the Science and Application of Catalysis (LSAC), University of California at Berkeley, She worked on NO oxidation on Co3O4 clusters adopting kinetic and isotopic methods to probe the elementary steps and site requirements. Moreover, within this period, she also collaborated with Prof. Raul Lobo (University of Delaware), performing research on NO oxidation over zeolites catalyst at ambient temperature. Kinetic studies and IR investigations have been carried out to determine the mechanism for zeolite-catalyzed NO oxidation and the effect of zeolite structure on rates. From April 2012 to October 2013, she worked as post-doctoral fellow at the Laboratory of Catalysis and Catalytic Processes (LCCP) at the Politecnico di Milano. Her post-doc topics was related to the development of new catalytic formulations and isotopic labeling techniques in the context of Fisher-Tropsch synthesis and Lean De-NOx trap. From November 2013 to August 2015 she joined the Laboratory of Catalysis and Spectrochemistry (LCS) in Caen and she worked on the preparation and study of solid catalysts for applications in environment and sustainable development by adopting IR operando spectroscopy technique.