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Dra. Eleonora Bargiacchi

Postdoctoral Researcher
Energy systems modelling, design, optimisation and Life Cycle Assessment, with particular focus on hydrogen systems and sustainable chemical processes, Carbon Capture Utilisation
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Eleonora Bargiacchi joined the System Analysis Unit and the IMDEA Energy Institute as a postdoctoral researcher in April 2021. She got her Bachelor (2013) and Master (2017) in Energy Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy), with a Thesis entitled “Catalyst and Reactor Testing for Water-Free Formaldehyde Production - A Platform for Oxymethylene Ether Synthesis”, carried out at the Department of Hydrogen Technologies at Fraunhofer ISE Institute in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany). During her studies, she also carried out an Exchange Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) in 2014 and an internship at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (USA) in 2015, where she designed and tested components for the cryogenic system of Mu2e experiment.

She got her Ph.D. from the Department of Energy, Systems, Territory and Constructions Engineering of the University of Pisa in March 2021, with a Thesis entitled “Modelling and Life Cycle Assessment of Power-to-Fuel production pathways: a comprehensive evaluation of different Carbon Capture Utilisation routes”, in which she modelled and performed the impact assessment of different Power-to-Fuel technologies, for the following hydrogen vectors: methane, methanol, ammonia and urea. The thesis research was carried out in collaboration with the Chair of Business Administration and Production Management of the University of Duisburg-Essen and the Mechanical Department of the University of Zaragoza, with research visiting periods in both institutions. Her research activity led to more than 10 contributions on peer-reviewed international journals and to international conferences and to 2 book chapters.

Besides her research activities, during her Ph.D. she was involved in consultancy projects in the field of sustainability and contributed to organise national and international congresses to build a strong network. She also mentored Master students on various projects related to energy system design and optimisation and she was Teaching Assistant for the Courses of Thermal Machines and Applied Energetics at the University of Pisa.