The EFCE has established a series of Excellence Awards to recognise PhD theses or publications of young researchers published in preceding years which demonstrate the most outstanding contribution to research or practise in the scientific field of the EFCE Working Parties and Sections.

The triennial Young Researcher Award was established by EFCE to recognise the work of a young researcher in their early career – demonstrating an outstanding contribution to research and/or practise in mixing.

Dr Alberini was awarded for his excellent research in the field of mixing, for which he achieved the best evaluation in terms of quality of his PhD thesis on Blending of Non-Newtonian Fluids in Static Mixers: Assessment Via Optical Methods. The thesis has received outstanding publications in international journals, participation in mixing conferences, international activities and networking, ongoing activities in mixing research and technology, and industrial significance of the scientific activity.

Upon commenting on the award, Dr Alberini, said:

“I am very happy to have won this recognition, which motivates myself to keep exploring new approaches and methodologies to better understand mixing.”


  • Since 1953 the European Federation of Chemical Engineering has promoted scientific collaboration and supported the work of engineers and scientists in 30 European countries.
  • Dr Federico Alberini obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham. He currently holds the position of Lecturer and Assistant Professor at the School of Chemical Engineering. His research interests include fluid dynamic studies using Particle Image Velocimetry, Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence and Positron Emission Particle Tracking, Rheology Analysis, and Image processing.