For almost fifteen years, Matteo Maestri has been conducting research at the Politecnico di Milano. His research domain is Catalysis, and thus the precise configuration of the potentials, the rate and the development of chemical reactions.
The chemical process engineering of catalysis is of central importance to society and affects our daily lives. Catalytic oxidation is for example used in vehicle silencers to reduce noise and lower nitrogen dioxide levels. Chemical catalysis will also play a decisive role in the transition to renewable energies and the development of new production processes for the sustainable use of energy resources. It can be used to convert hydrocarbons into hydrogen and thus to develop fuels that are energy-efficient and conserve resources.
In addition to his great passion, Chemistry, interpersonal relationships hold great importance in Matteo Maestri’s life. He is grateful for the professional and human inspiration he draws from his daily work with his team and students at the Politecnico di Milano. He also emphasizes the added value he has been able to gain from his collaborations with researchers at universities in the U.S. and Germany as a visiting researcher. Quite a few of them are now among his circle of friends. “This multicultural network that I have been able to build over the years in different parts of the world is one of the greatest blessings of my profession,” he says.
My stay at TUM played a crucial role in the development of my research program.
Collaborating with them gave Matteo Maestri key impetus for directing his research focus. The scientists included kinetic simulations in their investigations. By coupling spectroscopy and kinetic measurements with the help of what is known as the Operando Raman Apparatus, catalytic processes can now be analyzed more effectively. “My stay at TUM played a crucial role in the development of my research program,” Matteo Maestri says. “It was a cornerstone for my further scientific career at the Politecnico di Milano.”
In 2021, Matteo Maestri received the honorary title of TUM Ambassador from TUM President Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann. The award also acknowledges his commitment to the cooperation between the two universities, for example in the framework of the European Talent Academy. This academy, which was organized by TUM Brussels for the first time in 2020/2021, provides young researchers with an ideal platform to get connected with the European research landscape and network.
At the academy’s events, Matteo Maestri is all passion for informing people about the benefits of a strong network – and sets an inspiring example with his scientific successes. He considers the education and support of young people to be one of the main duties of his profession. “It is a joy to see young students develop into professional scientists and engineers,” he emphasizes. “I, too, am constantly developing along with them.”
TUM Ambassador 2021
In 2004, Matteo Maestri graduated from the Politecnico di Milano with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. In 2008, he completed a PhD in Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Since 2019, he has been Professor of Chemical Engineering at his alma mater, conducting research on Catalysis and Kinetics, Multiscale Modeling, and Chemical Reaction Engineering. The passionate chemist places great importance on scientific collaborations across countries and disciplines. He was a visiting scientist at the University of Delaware, USA and at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin. Here, he conducted research together with Prof. Dr. Karsten Reuter as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. When Reuter moved to TUM, Matteo Maestri joined him in Munich to continue his research at the TUM Catalysis Research Center.
Matteo Maestri has received several awards for his pioneering research and has won a considerable number of fellowships and grants. Most recently, he was awarded the Proof of Concept Grant by the European Research Council. For Matteo Maestri, family and friends are very important in his life. In his free time, he enjoys sports and playing the piano.
2021 Matteo Maestri was awarded the honorary title of TUM Ambassador by TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann. In recognition of their achievements, selected top international researchers who have conducted research as guests at TUM have been awarded this title once a year since 2013.