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Ernesto Salzano

Associate Professor

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering

Academic discipline: ING-IND/25 Chemical Plants

Director of Second Cycle Degree in Chemical and Process Engineering

Short Bio

Ernesto Salzano is a Professor of Chemical Plant Design at the University of Bologna. Since 2020 he is the Director of the Chemical and Process Engineering course at DICAM (Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering) of the same University, and a member of the academic board member for the Ph.D. in Future Earth, Climate Change and Societal Challenge, University of Bologna.

From 1995 to 2015 he has been a permanent researcher at the Italian National Research Council (CNR), where he has been in charge of the explosion lab and of the Italian Centre of Competence on Industrial Risks, sponsored by the Italian Civil Protection. His main research activities are related to the deflagrative and detonative combustion phenomena (including fires and explosions), runaway reactions, process safety, and the risks of critical infrastructures from external events such as natural disasters, domino effects, and terrorist attack.
The results achieved in the scientific activity are documented by more than 250 publications in scientific journals, conference proceedings, and books (H-Index Scopus = 38, October 2022).

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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali
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