Dr. Angela Violi
University of Michigan
Angela Violi is a Professor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Biophysics at the University of Michigan. Professor Violi earned a B.S. degree and Ph.D., both in Chemical Engineering from the University of Naples, Federico II, Italy. She has been Research Scientist and then a Research Assistant Professor (2002) in the Chemistry Department at the University of Utah, working in one of the 5 Centers created through the Department of Energy's Advanced Simulation and Computing Program, whose objective was to develop science-based tools for the numerical simulation of accidental fires and explosions. She joined the University of Michigan in 2006 as Assistant Professor and became an Associate Professor with tenure in 2009.
Professor Violi’s research interests lie at the intersection of nanoscience, combustion, and biomedical science. Her research has focused on ceramic and organic materials, supramolecular assembly in liquid phase, phase stability, as well as toxicity and antimicrobial properties of nanomaterials. Prof. Violi has pioneered the development of computational nanoscience in the field of combustion in essentially single-handed fashion developing Multiscale Computational methods to study long time and large scale phenomena. The common intellectual thread among those activities is the application of multiscale modeling approaches, which however are tailored for the specifics of each subject and coupled with pertinent longer scale processes and systems.
Her work has been supported by the US Department of Energy, US Department of Defense (Army), US Air Force Office of Science, National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, and DARPA. She has also been the Thrust Area Leader for Advanced Biofuels and Combustion for a DOE funded US-China Clean Energy Research Center for Clean Vehicles.
Her work has been reported in prestigious journals that include Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Progress in Energy and Combustion, Nanoscale, and ACS Nano. She has been invited to present her work at various conferences, academia, and other institutions. Examples include Keynote Speaker at the prestigious Gordon Conferences; Plenary Talks at the 14th International Congress on Combustion By- Products and Their Health Effects, Sweden, 2015; as well as at the 18th ETH conference on Combustion Generated Nanoparticles, Switzerland, 2014.
She has received various accolades including NSF CAREER, Henry Russell award and the 2015 ASME George Westinghouse Silver Medal.