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Who we are

The SuPER (Sustainable Process Engineering Research) Team has been founded by Professor Flavio Manenti and Professor Carlo Pirola in 2014 by unifying two former relevant groups on Chemical Plants:

– the Leonardo Chemical Engineering group at the CMIC Dept. “Giulio Natta” of Politecnico di Milano;

– and the Chemical Plants and Industrial Chemistry group at the Chemistry Dept. of Universita’ degli Studi di Milano;

achieving an inter-institutional and inter-disciplinary status and critical mass.

Despite its recent birth, the SuPER Team has inherited skills, competences, codes, and plants from its former pioneers: Professor Vittorio Ragaini and Professor Giuseppe Biardi for the Chemical Plants, Professor Mario Dente and Professor Eliseo Ranzi for kinetic- and reactor-scale activities, Professor Sauro Pierucci and Professor Maurizio Rovaglio for reactor- and process-scale activities, and Professor Guido Buzzi-Ferraris for numerical methods.

More recently (2018), the SuPER Centre included the third soul of Chemical Plants and Industrial Chemistry:

– the Biochemical and Food Plants at the Faculty of Food Sciences and Technologies of Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano

completing the formation and technical support offer with the school of Prof. De Faveri in chemical plants and processes for all the scientific and technological sectors. In 2021, the SuPER Centre extended abroad the unification Chemical Plants schools with the:

– the Thermodynamic and Purification Processes at the ENSIACET INP of University of Toulouse, France

Dissemination and networking targets of the SuPER Team progressively attracted interests and appreciation and, nowadays, it consists of 9 permanent staff, 2 industrial consultants, and 10 to 20 Ph.D. and Post-doc collaborators (including visitors), with about 1800 m2 of laboratories in Milano, Piacenza, and Lodi (POLIMI’s Permanent LABS at ITELYUM refinery) computing facilities (in Milano), spin-offs (in MIlano), and it is active in the industrial chemistry and chemical engineering for both fundamental research and industrial applications in the process and energy industry with special focus on technological advances.

Since the future of academic and industrial research will involve more and more inter-disciplinary aspects, the strength of our team rely on the complementary skills owned by the original groups: the experimental and analytical potential of Industrial Chemistry is now synergistically coupled with the modeling and optimization methodologies of the Chemical Engineering. This peculiar privilege allows us to address each research project in a unified way and with a broader overview of the chemical, physical, and biological phenomena.

Let welcome you to browse our research and don’t hesitate to ask directly for any additional information!

The SuPER Team


SuPER research group:


Process Modeling/Simulation




COVID-19 Response

The SuPER Team ideated a novel prediction model for the SARS-CoV-2 infection based on the physical-chemical properties typically adopted in the reactor and process modeling by the Process Systems Engineering community ( The research has been published: Manenti, Galeazzi, Bisotti, Prifti, Dell’Angelo, Di Pretoro, Ariatti, Analogies between SARS-CoV-2 infection dynamics and batch chemical reactor behavior, …


Experimental activities include catalysts synthesis and characterization, catalytic reactors, photo-catalysis, phase equilibria, distillation, absorption. Plese see Lab Facilities page for a detailed description.   BACK TO THE PREVIOUS PAGE