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Valérie Leroy-Cancellieri

                        Senior lecturer CNU 31st Section


                        UMR SPE CNRS 6134 Fire Project

Univ-corse logo PhD in Chemistry, Theoretical Physics and Analytics

University of Corsica, 2007

Research fields

  • Thermal degradation of solid materials
  • Thermal decomposition kinetics
  • Development of pyrolysis models
  • Combustion kinetics of gaseous species
  • Formation of gaseous pollutants



My research activities are focused on the implementation of experimental and numerical tools in the domain of kinetics in solid and gaseous phases. This research has led to

  • Determination of the thermokinetic parameters of ligno-cellulosic fuels (ACL 1) (ACL 3).
  • The development of global, comprehensive reaction mechanisms (ACL 10) showing the combustion of a gaseous mixture characteristic of plants (ACL 2).
  • The implementation of a hybrid kinetic method for characterisation of the thermal degradation of plant fuels (ACL 4).
  • The creation of kinetic modelling software: WinGpyro®® (ACL 11).
  • The kinetic study of peat under smouldering fire conditions (ACL 8) (ACL 9 )(ACL 12).
  • Performing controlled burns for characterisation of fire in the field (ACL 13).
  • The characterisation and spatial quantification of gas emissions in fire conditions.
  • The creation and implementation of dedicated tools for experimentation on a broad scale.


The author of 15 international publications, she has taken part in 16 international conferences.

Significant publications

[1] V. Leroy, D. Cancellieri, E. Leoni, Thermal degradation of ligno-cellulosic fuels: DSC and TGA studies, Thermochimica Acta, vol. 451, 131-138, 2006.

[2] V. Leroy, E. Leoni, P.A. Santoni, « Reduced mechanism for the combustion of evolved gases in forest fire » , Combustion and Flame, vol. 154, 154, 410-433, 2008.

[3] V. Leroy, D. Cancellieri, E. Leoni, Relation between forest fuels composition and energy emitted during their thermal degradation, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, vol. 91, 293-300, 2009.

[5] V. Leroy, D. Cancellieri, E. Leoni, J.L. Rossi, Kinetic study of forest fuels by TGA: Model free kinetic approach for the prediction of phenomena, Thermochimica Acta, 497, 1-6, 2010.

[6] A. Andrade-Eiroa, V. Leroy, P. Dagaut, Y. Bedjanian, Development of new methodology for the determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in kerosene and biokerosene soot, Chemosphere, 78 (11), 1342-1349, 2010.

[7] A. Andrade-Eiroa, V. Leroy, P. Dagaut, Advances in the fractionation of Nitro-PAHs and PAHs, Analytical methods. 2 (12), 2017-2024, 2010.

[8] J.L. Rossi, A. Simeoni, B. Moretti, V. Leroy-Cancellieri, An analytical model based on radiative heating for the determination of the safety distances for wildland fires, Fire Safety Journal 46 (8), 520-527, 2011.

[9] D. Cancellieri, V. Leroy-Cancellieri, E. Leoni, A. Simeoni, A.Y. Kuzin, A.I. Filkov, G. Rein, Kinetic investigation on the smouldering combustion of boreal peat, Fuel 93, 479-485, 2012.

[10]?.I. Filkov,?.Ya. Kuzin, O.V. Sharypov, D. Cancellieri, V. Leroy-Cancellieri, E. Leoni, A. Simeoni, G. Rein, A comparative study to evaluate the drying kinetics of Boreal peats from micro to macro scales, Energy and Fuels 26 (1), 349-356, 2012.

[11] Y. Perez-Ramirez, P.A. Santoni, N. Darabiha, V. Leroy-Cancellieri, E. Leoni, A global kinetic model for the combustion of the evolved gases in wildland fires, Combustion Science and Technology 184 (9) 1380-1394, 2012.

[12] D. Cancellieri, E. Innocenti, V. Leroy-Cancellieri, WinGPYRO: A software platform for kinetic study of forest fuels, Fire Safety Journal 58 103-111, 2013.

[13]V. Leroy-Cancellieri, D. Cancellieri, E. Leoni, A. Simeoni, A. I. Filkov, Energetic potential and kinetic behavior of peats, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry 117 (3) 1497-1508, 2014.

[14] V. Leroy-Cancellieri, P. Augustin, J.B. Filippi, C. Mari, M. Fourmentin, F. Bosseur, F. Morandini, H. Delbarre, Evaluation of vegetation fire smoke plume dynamics and aerosol load using UV scanning lidar and fire-atmosphere modelling during the Mediterranean Letia 2010 experiment, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 14, 509-523, 2014.

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