Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr Davide Mattia

Contact details

Room: 9 West 3.03

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 383961


PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying;

  • Manufacturing of nanomaterials
  • Micro- and nanofluidics
  • Membrane fabrication and characterization
  • Water filtration and desalination

Professor Davide Mattia

Laurea, PhD, CEng, FIChemE

Faculty of Engineering & Design Associate Dean (Research)

Professor Davide Mattia holds degrees in Materials Engineering from the Università ‘Federico II’, Naples, Italy, and Drexel University, PA, US. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and a Chartered Engineer in Italy. Davide is the Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Engineering & Design. He is responsible for coordinating and promoting research initiatives across the Faculty.


Davide's research interests are in the area of engineered nanomaterials synthesis and applications. One area of research focuses on synthesis of inorganic nanoporous membranes via electrochemical anodization of metals both in flat sheet and tubular geometries.

The anodization process provides excellent control over pore geometry with narrow pore size distribution in the nanometre range. Further hydrothermal treatments can push the pore size in the sub-nanometre range. The process is also suited for scale-up.

The membranes can be modified by applying coating in the form of carbon (obtaining carbon nanotube membranes), pohotocatalytic materials such as titania, or polymers to make the membrane highly hydrophobic. These membranes are currently being tested for filtration applications, including water desalination via reverse osmosis.

A second area of research involves developing factory-on-a-chip systems for large scale manufacturing of nanomaterials, from nanoemulsions to nanoparticles. The aim of this process is to close the gap between laboratory use of the peculiar properties of particles at the nanoscale and the difficulty of producing them at a large scale with repeatable and controllable properties.

The process is based on the generation of emulsions by forcing one liquid in a second one through a membrane with controlled pore size. Nanoparticles can then be synthesized via liquid-liquid chemistry reactions at the drop interface.A third area of research is the synthesis of nanostructured materials and catalyst for conversion of carbon dioxide in fuel and industrial relevant chemical intermediates.

Davide is currently testing carbon nanotube arrays functionalised with a variety of catalysts for CO2 reduction and subsequent Fischer-Tropsch chemistry.

He has co authored over 20 papers in refereed journals, two book chapters and holds two patents in the area of nanotechnology.


Book Sections

Leese, H. and Mattia, D., 2013. Wetting in carbon inorganic and organic nanotubes and nanochannels. In: Ondarcuhu, T. and Aime, J.-P., eds. Nanoscale Liquid Interfaces: Wetting, Patterning and Force Microscopy at the Molecular Scale. Pan Stanford Publishing, pp. 361-402.

Mattia, D., 2010. Wetting phenomena inside carbon nanotubes. In: Starov, V. M., ed. Nanoscience: Colloidal and Interfacial Aspects. CRC Press. (Surfactant Science)

Shearer, C., Velleman, L., Acosta, F., Ellis, A., Voelcker, N., Mattia, D. and Shapter, J., 2010. Water transport through nanoporous materials: Porous silicon and single walled carbon nanotubes. In: ICONN 2010 - Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Computer Society, pp. 196-199.


Medina-Llamas, M. and Mattia, D., 2017. Production of Nanoemulsions Using Anodic Alumina Membranes in a Stirred-Cell Setup. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 56 (26), pp. 7541-7550.

Coombs O'Brien, J., Torrente Murciano, L., Mattia, D. and Scott, J. L., 2017. Continuous production of cellulose microbeads via membrane emulsification. ACS Sustainable Chemisty and Engineering, 5 (7), pp. 5931-5939.

McGaughey, A. J.H. and Mattia, D., 2017. Materials enabling nanofluidic flow enhancement. MRS Bulletin, 42 (4), pp. 273-275.

Low, Z. X., Chua, Y., Ray, B., Mattia, D., Metcalfe, I. S. and Patterson, D., 2017. Perspective on 3D printing of separation membranes and comparison to related unconventional fabrication techniques. Journal of Membrane Science, 523, pp. 596-613.

Da Ros, S., Jones, M., Mattia, D., Schwaab, M., Noronha, F. and Pinto, J., 2017. Modelling the effects of reaction temperature and flow rate on the conversion of ethanol to 1,3-butadiene. Applied Catalysis A General, 530, pp. 37-47.

Da Ros, S., Jones, M., Mattia, D., Schwaab, M., Barbosa-Coutinho, E., Rabel-Neto, R., Noronha, F. and Pinto, J., 2017. Microkinetic analysis of ethanol to 1,3-butadiene reactions over MgO-SiO2 catalysts based on characterization of experimental fluctuations. Chemical Engineering Journal, 308, pp. 988-1000.

Owen, R. E., Plucinski, P., Mattia, D., Torrente-Murciano, L., Ting, V. P. and Jones, M., 2016. Effect of support of Co-Na-Mo catalysts on the direct conversion of CO2 to hydrocarbons. Journal of CO2 Utilization, 16, pp. 97-103.

Miles, D. O., Lee, C. S., Cameron, P. J., Mattia, D. and Kim, J. H., 2016. Hierarchical growth of TiO2 nanosheets on anodic ZnO nanowires for high efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells. Journal of Power Sources, 325, pp. 365-374.

Da Ros, S., Jones, M., Mattia, D., Pinto, J., Schwaab, M., Noronha, F., Kondrat, S., Clarke, T. and Tayloar, S., 2016. Ethanol to 1,3-butadiene conversion using ZrZn-containing MgO-SiO2 systems prepared by co-precipitation and effect of catalyst acidity modification. ChemCatChem, 8 (14), pp. 2376-2386.

Zhang, B., Fang, J., Li, J., Lau, J. J., Mattia, D., Zhong, Z., Xie, J. and Yan, N., 2016. Soft, oxidative stripping of alkyl thiolate ligands from hydroxyapatite-supported gold nanoclusters for oxidation reactions. Chemistry - An Asian Journal, 11 (4), pp. 532-539.

Mattia, D., Leese, H. and Calabrò, F., 2016. Electro-osmotic flow enhancement in carbon nanotube membranes. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, 374 (2060), 20150268.

Mattia, D., Corry, B., Lockerby, D., Emerson, D. and Reese, J., 2016. Nanostructured carbon membranes for breakthrough filtration applications:advancing the science, engineering and design. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, 374 (2060), 20150035.

Torrente Murciano, L., Chapman, R. S. L., Narvaez-Dinamarca, A., Mattia, D. and Jones, M., 2016. Effect of nanostructured ceria as support for the iron catalysed hydrogenation of CO2 into hydrocarbons. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18 (23), pp. 15496-15500.

Mattia, D., Jones, M., O'Byrne, J., Griffiths, O., Owen, R., Sackville, E., McManus, M. and Plucinski, P., 2015. Towards Carbon Neutral CO2 Conversion to Hydrocarbons. ChemSusChem, 8 (23), pp. 4064-4072.

Miles, D. O., Cameron, P. J. and Mattia, D., 2015. Hierarchical 3D ZnO nanowire structures via fast anodization of zinc. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3 (34), pp. 17569-17577.

Bisignano, F., Mattia, D. and De Luca, G., 2015. Selectivity-permeability optimization of functionalised CNT-polymer membranes for water treatment:A modeling study. Separation and Purification Technology, 146, pp. 235-242.

Mattia, D., Leese, H. and Lee, K. P., 2015. Carbon nanotube membranes:From flow enhancement to permeability. Journal of Membrane Science, 475 (1), pp. 266-272.

Mattia, D. and Leese, H., 2014. Controlled hydrothermal pore reduction in anodic alumina membranes. Nanoscale, 6 (22), pp. 13952-13957.

Minett, D.R., O'Byrne, J.P., Pascu, S.I., Plucinski, P.K., Owen, R.E., Jones, M.D. and Mattia, D., 2014. Fe@CNT-monoliths for the conversion of carbon dioxide to hydrocarbons:Structural characterisation and Fischer-Tropsch reactivity investigations. Catalysis Science and Technology, 4 (9), pp. 3351-3358.

Torrente Murciano, L., Mattia, D., Jones, M. D. and Plucinski, P. K., 2014. Formation of hydrocarbons via CO2 hydrogenation - A thermodynamic study. Journal of CO2 Utilization, 6, pp. 34-39.

Mattia, D., Lee, K. P. and Calabrò, F., 2014. Water permeation in carbon nanotube membranes. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 4, pp. 32-37.

Lewandowski, M., Babu, G. S., Vezzoli, M., Jones, M. D., Owen, R. E., Mattia, D., Plucinski, P., Mikolajska, E., Ochenduszko, A. and Apperley, D. C., 2014. Investigations into the conversion of ethanol to 1,3-butadiene using MgO:SiO2 supported catalysts. Catalysis Communications, 49, pp. 25-28.

Leese, H. and Mattia, D., 2014. Electroosmotic flow in nanoporous membranes in the region of electric double layer overlap. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 16 (4), pp. 711-719.

Ritos, K., Mattia, D., Calabrò, F. and Reese, J. M., 2014. Flow enhancement in nanotubes of different materials and lengths. Journal of Chemical Physics, 140 (1), 014702.

Owen, R. E., O'Byrne, J. P., Mattia, D., Plucinski, P. K., Pascu, S. I. and Jones, M. D., 2013. Cobalt catalysts for the conversion of CO2 to light hydrocarbons at atmospheric pressure. Chemical Communications, 49 (99), pp. 11683-11685.

Quignon, B., Pilkington, G. A., Thormann, E., Claesson, P. M., Ashfold, M. N. R., Mattia, D., Leese, H., Davis, S. A. and Briscoe, W. H., 2013. Sustained frictional instabilities on nanodomed surfaces:Stick–slip amplitude coefficient. ACS Nano, 7 (12), pp. 10850-10862.

Ramirez-Canon, A., Miles, D. O., Cameron, P. J. and Mattia, D., 2013. Zinc oxide nanostructured films produced via anodization:A rational design approach. RSC Advances, 3 (47), pp. 25323-25330.

Wills, K. A., Mandujano-ramírez, H. J., Merino, G., Mattia, D., Hewat, T., Robertson, N., Oskam, G., Jones, M. D., Lewis, S. E. and Cameron, P. J., 2013. Investigation of a copper(i) biquinoline complex for application in dye-sensitized solar cells. RSC Advances, 3 (45), pp. 23361-23369.

Owen, R. E., O'byrne, J. P., Mattia, D., Plucinski, P., Pascu, S. I. and Jones, M. D., 2013. Promoter effects on iron-silica Fischer-Tropsch nanocatalysts:Conversion of carbon dioxide to lower olefins and hydrocarbons at atmospheric pressure. ChemPlusChem, 78 (12), pp. 1536-1544.

Calabrò, F., Lee, K.P. and Mattia, D., 2013. Modelling flow enhancement in nanochannels:Viscosity and slippage. Applied Mathematics Letters, 26 (10), pp. 991-994.

Griffiths, O. G., Owen, R. E., O'Byrne, J. P., Mattia, D., Jones, M. D. and McManus, M. C., 2013. Using life cycle assessment to measure the environmental performance of catalysts and directing research in the conversion of CO2 into commodity chemicals:A look at the potential for fuels from 'thin-air'. RSC Advances, 3 (30), pp. 12244-12254.

Wu, C., Leese, H.S., Mattia, D., Dagastine, R.R., Chan, D.Y.C. and Tabor, R.F., 2013. Study of fluid and transport properties of porous anodic aluminum membranes by dynamic atomic force microscopy. Langmuir, 29 (28), pp. 8969-8977.

Lee, K. P. and Mattia, D., 2013. Monolithic nanoporous alumina membranes for ultrafiltration applications:Characterization, selectivity-permeability analysis and fouling studies. Journal of Membrane Science, 435, pp. 52-61.

O'Byrne, J., Owen, R., Minett, D., Pascu, S. I., Plucinski, P. K., Jones, M. D. and Mattia, D., 2013. High CO2 and CO conversion to hydrocarbons using bridged Fe nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes. Catalysis Science and Technology, 3 (5), pp. 1202-1207.

Leese, H., Bhurtun, V., Lee, K.P. and Mattia, D., 2013. Wetting behaviour of hydrophilic and hydrophobic nanostructured porous anodic alumina. Colloids and Surfaces, A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 420, pp. 53-58.

Griffiths, O.G., O'Byrne, J.P., Torrente-Murciano, L., Jones, M.D., Mattia, D. and McManus, M.C., 2013. Identifying the largest environmental life cycle impacts during carbon nanotube synthesis via chemical vapour deposition. Journal of Cleaner Production, 42, pp. 180-189.

Minett, D. R., O'Byrne, J. P., Jones, M. D., Ting, V. P., Mays, T. J. and Mattia, D., 2013. One-step production of monolith-supported long carbon nanotube arrays. Carbon, 51 (1), pp. 327-334.

Lee, K. P. and Mattia, D., 2013. Manufacturing of nanoemulsions using nanoporous anodized alumina membranes:Experimental investigation and process modeling. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 52 (42), pp. 14866-14874.

Mattia, D., Starov, V. and Semenov, S., 2012. Thickness, stability and contact angle of liquid films on and inside nanofibres, nanotubes and nanochannels. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 384 (1), pp. 149-156.

Mattia, D. and Calabrò, F., 2012. Explaining high flow rate of water in carbon nanotubes via solid-liquid molecular interactions. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 13 (1), pp. 125-130.

Lee, K. P., Leese, H. and Mattia, D., 2012. Water flow enhancement in hydrophilic nanochannels. Nanoscale, 4 (8), pp. 2621-2627.

Bekou, S. and Mattia, D., 2011. Wetting of nanotubes. Current Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science, 16 (4), pp. 259-265.

Oh, J. O., Kimb, G., Mattia, D. and Noh, H., 2011. A novel technique for fabrication of micro- and nanofluidic device with embedded single carbon nanotube. Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical, 154 (1), pp. 67-72.

Lee, K. P., Arnot, T. C. and Mattia, D., 2011. A review of reverse osmosis membrane materials for desalination-development to date and future potential. Journal of Membrane Science, 370 (1-2), pp. 1-22.

Pilkington, G. A., Thormann, E., Claesson, P. M., Fuge, G. M., Fox, O. J. L., Ashfold, M. N. R., Leese, H., Mattia, D. and Briscoe, W. H., 2011. Amontonian frictional behaviour of nanostructured surfaces. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 13 (20), pp. 9318-9326.

Shah, H. J., Fontecchio, A. K., Mattia, D. and Gogotsi, Y., 2008. Field controlled nematic-to-isotropic phase transition in liquid crystal-carbon nanotube composites. Journal of Applied Physics, 103 (6), 064314/1-064314/5.

Mattia, D. and Gogotsi, Y., 2008. Review: Static and dynamic behavior of liquids inside carbon nanotubes. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 5 (3), pp. 289-305.

Behler, K., Havel, M., Mattia, D. and Gogotsi, Y., 2008. Self-assembled Multi-walled Carbon Nanotube Coatings In Nanotubes and Related Nanostructures. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 1057E, pp. 1057-1120.

Yarin, A. L., Megaridis, C. M., Mattia, D. and Gogotsi, Y., 2008. Smoothing of nanoscale roughness based on the Kelvin effect. Nanotechnology, 19 (36), 365702.

Sinha, S., Pia Rossi, M., Mattia, D., Gogotsi, Y. and Bau, H. H., 2007. Induction and measurement of minute flow rates through nanopipes. Physics of Fluids, 19 (1), 013603/1-013603/8.

Freedman, J. R., Mattia, D., Korneva, G., Gogotsi, Y., Friedman, G. and Fontecchio, A. K., 2007. Magnetically assembled carbon nanotube tipped pipettes. Applied Physics Letters, 90 (10), 103108/1-103108/3.

Mattia, D., Korneva, G., Sabur, A., Friedman, G. and Gogotsi, Y., 2007. Multifunctional Nanotubes with Nanoparticles Embedded in their Walls. Nanotechnology, 18, p. 155305.

Mattia, D., Korneva, G., Friedman, G. and Gogotsi, Y., 2007. Multifunctional Nanotubes with Particles Embedded in their Walls. Abstracts, 39th Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Collegeville, PA, United States, May 16-18

Legum, B., Cooper, R., Mattia, D., Gogotsi, Y. and Layton Bradley, E., 2007. The effect of deformation on room temperature Coulomb blockade using conductive carbon nanotubes. Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (29th Annual International Conference of the IEEE), 2007, pp. 4206-10.

Mattia, D., Rossi, M. P., Kim, B. M., Korneva, G., Bau, H. H. and Gogotsi, Y., 2006. Effect of Graphitization on the Wettability and Electrical Conductivity of CVD-Carbon Nanotubes and Films. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 110 (20), pp. 9850-9855.

Korneva, G., Mattia, D., Gogotsi, Y., Halverson, D., Friedman, G., Yee, H. and Bradley, J.-C., 2006. Filling carbon nanopipes with functional nanoparticles. Preprints of Symposia - American Chemical Society, Division of Fuel Chemistry, 51 (1), pp. 36-37.

Korneva, G., Mattia, D., Gogotsi, Y. and Bradley, J. C., 2006. Filling carbon nanopipes with functionalized nanoparticles. Abstracts of Papers, 231st ACS National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, United States, March 26-30, 2006

Shah, H. J., Fontecchio, A. K., Rossi, M. P., Mattia, D. and Gogotsi, Y., 2006. Imaging of liquid crystals confined in carbon nanopipes. Applied Physics Letters, 89 (4), 043123/1-043123/3.

Mattia, D. and Gogotsi, Y., 2006. Surface functionalization to control the wetting behavior of nanostructured carbons. Preprints of Symposia - American Chemical Society, Division of Fuel Chemistry, 51 (1), pp. 3-4.

Mattia, D., Bau, H. H. and Gogotsi, Y., 2006. Wetting of CVD Carbon Films by Polar and Nonpolar Liquids and Implications for Carbon Nanopipes. Langmuir, 22 (4), pp. 1789-1794.

Mattia, D., Desmaison-Brut, M., Dimovski, S., Gogotsi, Y. and Desmaison, J., 2005. Oxidation behaviour of an aluminium nitride-hafnium diboride ceramic composite. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 25 (10), pp. 1789-1796.

Mattia, D., Desmaison-Brut, M., Tetard, D. and Desmaison, J., 2005. Wetting of HIP AlN-TiB2 ceramic composites by liquid metals and alloys. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 25 (10), pp. 1797-1803.

Conference or Workshop Items

Zhang, J., Salles, I., Pering, S., Cameron, P., Mattia, D. and Eslava Fernandez, S., 2017. Forthcoming. Citric acid as an effective anodisationelectrolyte for the fabrication of WO3 photoanodes. In: Joint Solar Fuels Network and Supersolar Symposium, 2017-04-26 - 2017-04-26, Imperial College London.

Coombs O'Brien, J., Scott, J., Mattia, D., Torrente Murciano, L. and Murray, P., 2016. Membrane Emulsification for the Continuous Production of Cellulose Beads. In: Chemistry Postgraduate Symposium 2015, 2015-05-13 - 2015-05-14, University of Bath.

Coombs O'Brien, J., Scott, J., Murray, P., Mattia, D. and Torrente Murciano, L., 2016. Processing of Cellulose-Ionic Liquid Solutions to Produce Beads with Specific and Controllable Properties. In: 6th International Conference on Ionic Liquid (COIL-6), 2008-06-16 - 2015-06-20, South Korea.

Miles, D., Cameron, P. J. and Mattia, D., 2014. Dye-sensitized solar cells using anodized ZnO nanowires. In: MRS Spring Meeting 2014, 2014-04-21 - 2014-04-25, California.

Ramirez Canon, A., Mattia, D., Cameron, P. J. and Vezzoli, M., 2014. ZnO Nanostructured photo-catalytic films obtained by anodization and its application in the degradation of organic pollutants. In: 8th European Meeting on Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Environmental Applications, 2014-06-25 - 2014-06-28.

Ramirez Canon, A., Miles, D., Cameron, P. J. and Mattia, D., 2013. Zinc oxide nanostructured films produced via anodization: A rational design approach.

Minett, D., O'Byrne, J., Jones, M., Mattia, D. and Plucinski, P., 2013. Carbon dioxide conversion to hydrocarbons using structured carbon nanotube supports. In: SuBiCat 1: Symposium on sustainable catalytic conversions of renewable substrates, 2012-03-24 - 2013-03-26.

Minett, D., O'Byrne, J., Mattia, D. and Jones, M., 2012. Catalysts for carbon dioxide conversion using carbon nanotube supports. In: Gordon Research Conference on Green Chemistry 2012, 2012-07-21 - 2012-07-28.

Minett, D., Mattia, D., O'Byrne, J. and Jones, M., 2012. Novel approach for the production of monolith supported carbon nanotubes. In: ChemonTubes 2012, International meeting on the chemistry of nanotubes and graphene, 2012-04-01 - 2012-04-05.

Minett, D., Mattia, D. and Jones, M., 2011. Conversion of carbon dioxide into useful feedstocks using carbon nanotube supports. In: Great Western CO2 meeting, 2011-06-06 - 2011-06-06.

Minett, D., Mattia, D. and Jones, M., 2011. Conversion of carbon dioxide into useful feedstocks using carbon nanotube supports - talk. In: Great Western CO2 meeting, 2011-06-06 - 2011-06-06.

Minett, D., Mattia, D., Jones, M. and Johnson, A., 2010. Synthesis of catalytic species for the conversion of hydrogen to useful feedstocks using carbon nanotubes as a support. In: Chemical Science & Technology towards a Low-Carbon Economy, 2010-10-09.

Mattia, D., Rossi, M. P., Ye, H. and Gogotsi, Y., 2007. In situ Fluid Studies in Carbon Nanotubes with Diameters Ranging from 1 to 500 nm. In: 5th IASME/WSEAS International Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics – 2007, 2007-01-01.

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