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Daniela Silvia Mainardi

Chemical Engineering
Louisiana Tech University
United States of America


Dr. Daniela Mainardi is the Thomas C. & Nelda M. Jeffery Professor and the Program Chair of Chemical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Mainardi has extensive experience in a large variety of multi-scale molecular simulation tools and has conducted research on different and complementary nano- and bio-technology-related topics with applications to transport and catalysis. She has published 23 peer-reviewed articles, 51 conference papers, 6 book chapters, and has given 12 invited talks at international conferences, educational institutions, and research laboratories. Dr. Mainardi has been nominated and selected Editorial Board Member of the Elsevier Editorial System for Surface Science, the Petrotex Publication Group, and the Chemical Sciences Journal. She has received the prestigious USA National Science Foundation (NSF)-CAREER award in 2005 for her work on Modified-Methanol Dehydrogenase Enzymatic Catalysts For Fuel Cell Devices. In 2012, Dr. Mainardi was publically nominated and elected Chair of the AIChE Transport and Energy Processes Division, and in 2013, she was honored to receive an AIChE Excellence and Service Award. Her research focus is computational modeling of catalytic, thermodynamic, and transport processes for energy and materials applications.

Research Interest

computational modeling of catalytic, thermodynamic, and transport processes for energy and materials applications


  • Killa, Sajin & Cui, Ling & Murray, Erica & Mainardi, Daniela. (2013). Kinetics of Nitric Oxide and Oxygen Gases on Porous Y-Stabilized ZrO2-Based Sensors. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland). 18. 9901-18.

  • Idupulapati, N.B. & Mainardi, Daniela. (2014). Methanol oxidation mechanism by ion-modified methanol dehydrogenase enzymes for fuel cell applications. Topical Conference on Applications of Micro-Reactor Engineering 2007, Held at the 2007 AIChE Spring National Meeting. 145-146.

  • Gyawali, Suraj & Soto, Fernando & Godara, Sumegha & Mainardi, Daniela. (2015). Nano-engineered materials for Fischer-Tropsch catalysis. 702-705. 10.1109/NANO.2015.7388703.

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