Mara de Joannon is researcher at Istituto di Ricerche sulla Combustione of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IRC-CNR) in Naples, Italy since 2001. As such she was member of the IRC Advisory Committee.
She took her master and PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at University of Naples, discussing a PhD thesis on spectroscopic characteristics of autoigniting fuel spray at high pressure, in trans- and super-critical conditions. As postdoctoral fellow, she worked on the study of innovative diagnostic techniques for pollutant detection and reduction in combustion processes
The study of advanced combustion processes and technologies for fossil and alternative fuels, with particular regard to highly pre-heated and diluted (MILD) combustion of gaseous and liquid energy carriers, is her main current field of interest.
She is the leader of a European network of 29 countries on the exploitation of liquid and gaseous fuels as Smart Energy Carriers in advanced combustion technology applications (www.smartcats.eu). As main current research projects, she is involved in a cooperation agreement with Italian Ministry of the Environment on biofuel in aviation and with Ministry of Economic Development on bioenergy for micro generation.
As member of the Combustion Institute, she served as Co-Chair and Coordinator of New Technology Concepts Colloquium from 33rd to 35th International Symposium on Combustion and as member of Governance Policy, By-Law, Gold Medal Nomination and Program Advisory Committees.