Bio


Chiara Saggese is a postdoctoral research fellow in the NanoEnergy laboratory of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University. Her research interests include the study of gas-phase reaction kinetics in laminar flames and the flame synthesis of carbon nanoparticle (CNPs, or soot). More specifically, her work combines experimental and modeling methodologies to increase predictability of fundamental chemical and aerosol models and improve designs of nanomaterials with unique and tailored properties, mostly having to do with energy and biomedical applications. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 2015 and she was a recipient of the Swiss Excellence Postdoctoral Scholarship in 2015-2016 in EPFL (Switzerland).

Honors & Awards


  • MSCA Seal of Excellence for the proposal “CarboNanoMat”, European Commission within the call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017 of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (03/2018)
  • Swiss Government Excellence Postdoctoral Scholarship, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI (09/2015-09/2016)

Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Politecnico di Milano, Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (2015)
  • Master of Science, Politecnico di Milano, Chemical Engineering (2011)
  • Bachelor of Science, Politecnico di Milano, Chemical Engineering (2009)

Stanford Advisors


  • Hai Wang, Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor

Lab Affiliations


All Publications


  • The distillation curve and sooting propensity of a typical jet fuel Fuel Saggese, C., Singh, A. V., Xue, X., Chu, C., Kholghy, M. R., Zhang, T., Camacho, J., Giaccai, J., Miller, H., Thomson, M. J., Sung, C., Wang, H. 2019; 235
  • A Simulation of Gas and Liquid-Phase Layer-by-Layer Deposition of Metal Oxides by Coarse-Grained Modeling Journal of Physical Chemistry C Brown, K. S., Saggese, C., Le Monnier, B. P., Heroguel, F., Luterbacher, J. S. 2018

    View details for DOI 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b00197

  • Effect of Distillate Fraction of Real Jet Fuel on Sooting Propensity–Part 1: Nascent Soot Formation in Premixed Stretch-Stabilized Flames 10th U. S. National Combustion Meeting Saggese, C., Singh, A. V., Camacho, J., Wang, H. 2017
  • Probe effects in soot sampling from a burner-stabilized stagnation flame COMBUSTION AND FLAME Saggese, C., Cuoci, A., Frassoldati, A., Ferrario, S., Camacho, J., Wang, H., Faravelli, T. 2016; 167: 184-197
  • Mobility size and mass of nascent soot particles in a benchmark premixed ethylene flame COMBUSTION AND FLAME Camacho, J., Liu, C., Gu, C., Lin, H., Huang, Z., Tang, Q., You, X., Saggese, C., Li, Y., Jung, H., Deng, L., Wlokas, I., Wang, H. 2015; 162 (10): 3810-3822
  • Kinetic modeling of particle size distribution of soot in a premixed burner-stabilized stagnation ethylene flame COMBUSTION AND FLAME Saggese, C., Ferrario, S., Camacho, J., Cuoci, A., Frassoldati, A., Ranzi, E., Wang, H., Faravelli, T. 2015; 162 (9): 3356-3369
  • Modeling soot formation in premixed flames using an Extended Conditional Quadrature Method of Moments COMBUSTION AND FLAME Salenbauch, S., Cuoci, A., Frassoldati, A., Saggese, C., Faravelli, T., Hasse, C. 2015; 162 (6): 2529-2543
  • Kinetic Modeling Study of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Soot Formation in Acetylene Pyrolysis ENERGY & FUELS Saggese, C., Sanchez, N. E., Frassoldati, A., Cuoci, A., Faravelli, T., Alzueta, M. U., Ranzi, E. 2014; 28 (2): 1489-1501

    View details for DOI 10.1021/ef402048q

    View details for Web of Science ID 000331861800084

  • Reduced Kinetic Model of Biodiesel Fuel Combustion ICONBM: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIOMASS, PTS 1 AND 2 Stagni, A., Saggese, C., Bissoli, M., Cuoci, A., Frassoldati, A., Faravelli, T., Ranzi, E. 2014; 37: 877-882

    View details for DOI 10.3303/CET1437147

    View details for Web of Science ID 000346540000147

  • Kinetic modelling of Biofuels: Pyrolysis and Auto-Ignition of Aldehydes ICONBM: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BIOMASS, PTS 1 AND 2 Pelucchi, M., Somers, K. P., Burke, U., Saggese, C., Frassoldati, A., Ranzi, E., Curran, H. J., Faravelli, T. 2014; 37: 871-876

    View details for DOI 10.3303/CET1437146

    View details for Web of Science ID 000346540000146

  • A wide range kinetic modeling study of pyrolysis and oxidation of benzene COMBUSTION AND FLAME Saggese, C., Frassoldati, A., Cuoci, A., Faravelli, T., Ranzi, E. 2013; 160 (7): 1168-1190
  • Mimicking water striders' legs superhydrophobicity and buoyancy with cabbage leaves and nanotube carpets JOURNAL OF MATERIALS RESEARCH Lepore, E., Giorcelli, M., Saggese, C., Tagliaferro, A., Pugno, N. 2013; 28 (7): 976-983
  • A lumped approach to the kinetic modeling of pyrolysis and combustion of biodiesel fuels PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMBUSTION INSTITUTE Saggese, C., Frassoldati, A., Cuoci, A., Faravelli, T., Ranzi, E. 2013; 34: 427-434
  • A wide range kinetic modeling study of pyrolysis and oxidation of methyl butanoate and methyl decanoate - Note II: Lumped kinetic model of decomposition and combustion of methyl esters up to methyl decanoate COMBUSTION AND FLAME Grana, R., Frassoldati, A., Saggese, C., Faravelli, T., Ranzi, E. 2012; 159 (7): 2280-2294