Simona Liguori has been appointed assistant professor of chemical & biomolecular engineering at Clarkson University. She was also recently named a fellow by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RSCA) for its new initiative Scialog: Negative Emissions Science, which is co-sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
She received her Ph.D., master of science, and bachelor of science degrees in chemical engineering from University of Calabria (Italy).
She continued her research at the Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM-CNR) -- the Italian National Lab -- as a post-doctoral researcher and in 2014 was a physical science research associate at Stanford University.
In 2016, she joined the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines as a research assistant professor. In 2018, she went to Worcester Polytechnic Institute as a research assistant professor in the department of Chemical Engineering, where she received a Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Women’s Young Investigator Fellowship and Carbon Footprint Challenge Award.
Liguori's research interests are focused in carbon-neutral energy production and carbon capture technology to power a sustainable future. To achieve the goals, she proposes an entirely new avenue for gas separations and catalytic reactions that break the linear scaling relations while addressing critically important environment needs demands. Particularly her research focuses on the synthesis, development and application of i-SMART (innovated System Membrane Advanced ReacTor), where the interactions between catalysis and separation lead to a process intensification allowing for clean energy conversion at milder operating conditions. Metals, alloys, nanoparticles, ceramics, nitrides and carbides comprise the toolkit of materials that can help change the energy landscape.
She has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers resulting in an h-index of 22 and over 1250 citations, including Journal of Membrane Science, Environmental Science and Technology, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Environments, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, and International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, among many other publications, book chapters and conference proceedings. She also holds two U.S. patents.