Clean Combustion Summer School
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan
Angela Violi is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biophysics and
Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Violi received her B.S. (Suma cum laude) and her PhD in
Chemical Engineering (highest distinction) from the University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy in 1999. She
then worked as Postdoc and Research Associate at the University of Utah in one of the 5 Centers
created through the Department of Energy's Advanced Simulation and Computing Program, whose
objective was to develop science-based tools for the numerical simulation of accidental fires and
explosions. Violi became an Assistant professor in 2006, and was promoted to Associate Professor with
tenure in 2009. In 2015 she became Full Professor.
Violi’s research interests lie at the intersection of nanoscience, biomedical science, and combustion. Her
research involves the study, through modeling and simulation, of nanoparticle formation and the impact
of these particles on the environment. Violi has pioneered the development of computational
nanoscience in the field of combustion in essentially single-handed fashion developing Multiscale
Computational methods to study long time and large scale phenomena. Her work provides the first
atomistic model for particle formation in combustion systems and it is considered a landmark in
She also works on reaction mechanisms for novel fuels and her work on modeling of jet fuels using
surrogates that reproduce the combustion behavior of the real fuels is attracting considerable interest
from the military for energy security reasons. She is currently the Thrust Area Leader for Advanced
Biofuels and Combustion for a DOE funded US-China Clean Energy Research Center for Clean Vehicles.
She is coordinating efforts between research groups at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia
National Lab, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tsinghua University, Ohio University and University of
Michigan with the specific aim of creating an applicable framework for synthesis of next generation
fuels, and their combustion in advanced engines.
Violi has published 65 articles and four book chapters. She has 55 invited talks at National and
International level, including 15 plenary/key lectures. Among them, she gave invited lectures at the
prestigious “Frontiers of Science” Gordon Research Conferences in 2007, 2011 and 2013, and 2015. She
has been invited by the National Academy of Engineering to organize a session on nanosensors for the
international 2013 EU-US FOE conference held in France in November 2013. She has been also involved
with many federal roadmapping and strategy meetings in the area of scientific computing, combustion
and materials. She has been the PI of major grants from NSF, ONR, DOE, DoD (AFOSR and ARO) and
EPA. Her expertise is sought for proposal reviews, invited lectures, site reviews and for more than 20
journals. She has advised 11 doctoral students, 14 post-doctoral fellows with whom she has co-authored
numerous journal and conference articles, and directed over 50 projects with master and undergraduate
students. Her contributions have brought her significant accolades from the scientific community.
Among them, she has received the prestigious 2015 George Westinghouse Silver Medal, 2013 Henry
Russell award for exceptional scholarship and ability as teacher from the University of Michigan, the
University of Michigan Faculty recognition award, and the Bernard Lewis Fellowship for “High Quality
Research in Combustion” from the International Combustion Institute and the NSF Career Award.