Valentina Ricchiuti

CSE-1, Computational Research Division

Contact Information

Valentina Ricchiuti
MS 50A-3111
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
1 Cyclotron Rd.
Berkeley, CA 94720

510-486-6900 (fax)

Affiliation and Research Interests

I am a CSE-1 in the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering (CCSE) in the Computational Research Division of the Computing Sciences Directorate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

My research is focused on the application and development of a Low Mach number Combustion (LMC) code with adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) in order to investigate:
- the effects of static electric fields on premixed and diffusion flames
- a more efficient way to eliminate fluorinated gases (in particular CF4) released during fabrication processes used to make semiconductors


In March 2016, I received my M.Sc. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). The subject of my thesis was the numerical study of the effects of static electric fields on the chemistry and fluid dynamics of an impinging coflow flame, using the open source OpenFOAM software; this research was funded by the NASA ACME "E-FIELD Flames" Project.

In July 2013, I earned a M.Sc. in Space Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy. I did my thesis at UCI, in the Laser, Flames & Aerosols Lab under the supervision of Prof. Derek Dunn-Rankin; the topic of my research was the combustion process of methane hydrates. The challenge was to understand the interaction between chemistry and thermodynamics in such compounds, which were modelled as a non premixed counterflow flame; an analysis of flammability limits and transition to extinguishment was performed using CANTERA.

Conference Proceedings

  • V. Ricchiuti, R.E. Padilla, S. Karnani and D. Dunn-Rankin, "CANTERA Simulations of Water-Laden Methane/Air Nonpremixed Counterflow Flames" , 8th US National Combustion Meeting, Park City, UT, USA, May 20-23 2013. [pdf]


  • V. Ricchiuti, M.S. Day, "A spectral deferred correction strategy for Low Mach Number reacting flows subject to electric fields", 16th International Conference on Numerical Combustion, Orlando, FL, USA, April 3-5 2017.

About me

I have a passion for whatever is related to space: astronomy (I have a MEADE LXD Schmidt-Newtonian telescope), space rockets, space exploration, space missions... And I do martial arts, I have a brown belt in karate.