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Chair of Chemical Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

Raffaella Ocone has a degree in Chemical Engineering (MEng) from the Università di Napoli, Federico II, a PhD and an MA in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. She holds the Chair of Chemical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University (HWU) in the UK. Before joining HWU, she was a Reader in Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Nottingham, UK, Lecturer at the University of Naples, Italy, and Visiting Professor at Louisiana State University, USA and the University Claude Bernard, France. In 2007 she was awarded the title of Cavaliere of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. She held a Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship and a Royal Society of Edinburgh/Scottish Government Support Fellowship to model carbon capture through chemical looping technology.

Raffaella has 25 years of experience in modelling complex systems and has previously been the Italian representative of the IEA Fossil Fuel Multiphase Agreement. She was in residence for a month at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota (USA) working on “Particulate Solids: Process and Rheology” and was invited to spend one month in the programme on "Granular and Particle-Laden Flow" held at the Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge. Raffaella has contributed about 185 papers in learned journals and at International conferences. She has published a book on “Transport Phenomena” (Elsevier) and contributed a number of book chapters. She has an interest in the teaching of Ethics to Engineers and she chaired the Royal Academy of Engineering Teaching Ethics working group.


  • –present
    Chair of Chemical Engineering, Heriot-Watt University