Matteo Chiesa


Prior to joining the Masdar Institute faculty, Dr. Matteo Chiesa was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he investigated the properties of nano-engineered insulating material that may play a key role in addressing the technological challenges faced by the oil industry in enhancing oil recovery while minimizing its environmental impact.

This research was performed in close collaboration with the R&D department at Aibel (former ABB Offshore System) for which he previously served as a technical advisor. He was also employed at SINTEF Petroleum and Energy, one of the largest European research institutions.

For detailed information about the Dr. Chiesa' research visit the Laboratory for Energy & Nano Science (LENS) home page.

Courses/Teaching interests:

  • Thermodynamics of Materials
  • Kinetics of Materials
  • Solar Thermal Analysis, Design and Testing 

Main Advisor to current Masdar Institute students:

  • Ayoub Glia  
  • Tzu-Chieh Tang 
  • Chia-Yun Lai  
  • Carlo Alberto Amadei (PhD)
  • Guang Li (PhD)
  • Christopher  Pilscheur (PhD)


Research Interest/Research Projects 
  • Thermodynamics & kinetics of material
  • Nanoscale energy transfer
  • Concentrated Solar Power Plant
  • Oil & Gas production and transport
  • Current Research Projects: 
  • The effect of dielectrophoretically assembled nanoparticles on the heat transfer of nanofluids
  • Study of nanoscale transport in thermoelectric materials
  • Large-sample metered-data analysis and energy characterization of buildings in the United Arab Emirates
  • Aerosol effect on solar radiation flux: consequences for solar thermal power production in the UAE
  • Hot climate mileage accumulation test for electric vehicle
  • Solar thermoelectric energy conversion: fundamentals and applications
  • Aerosol effect on solar radiation flux: consequences for solar thermal power production in the UAE
  • Towards high-performance thermo-photovoltaic cells.
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Selected Publications
  • Marwan Mokhtar, Muhammad Tauha Ali, Rajab Khalilpour, Ali Abbas, Nilay Shah, Ahmed Al Hajaj, Peter Armstrong, Matteo Chiesa, Sgouris Sgouridis “Solar-Assisted Post Combustion Carbon Capture Feasibility Study” Accepted for publication in Applied Energy 2011
  • S. Santos, V. Barcons, A. Verdaguer, J. Font, N. H. Thomsonand M. Chiesa “How localized are energy dissipation processes in nanoscale interactions” Nanotechnology 22 (2011) 345401.
  • K. R. Gadelrab, F.A. Bonilla and M. Chiesa "Implications of the idea of effective tip shape on nanoindentation unloading curves: AFM measuemnets and FE simulation" Accepted for publication in Journal of Material Science 2011
Go to Matteo's profile on LENS for more information.