Francesco Restuccia

Francesco Restuccia


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Biographical details

Dr Francesco Restuccia is an academic at King’s College London Department of Engineering, where he leads the Heat and Fire Lab. His multidisciplinary research in the thermal sciences covers bioenergy, combustion, fire science, and heat transfer. He has a growing profile in lithium-ion battery heat transfer research, focusing on safety aspects such as ignition prevention and improving overall thermal performance. He became a Lecturer at the University in 2019, and Senior Lecturer in 2023.

He is a member of the SAFEBATT project funded by the Faraday Institution, leading a project at KCL focusing on Multiphysics Modelling of LIB Thermal Runaway and Propagation. His research has been recognized by several awards, most recently the best paper award in energy storage at the 16th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics.  

He is a motivated educator, teaching a variety of General Engineering courses, as well as regularly involved in science outreach to promote multidisciplinary approaches to engineering problems.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Mechanical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, Imperial College London

Award Date: 1 Feb 2018

Mechanical Engineering, Master in Science, California Institute of Technology

Award Date: 13 Jun 2014

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Master of Engineering, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 25 Jun 2012

External positions

Honorary Lecturer, Imperial College London

1 Mar 2020 → …


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Heat Transfer
  • Combustion
  • Fire Safety
  • Energy
  • Ignition


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