Andrea Ambrosini


Andrea Ambrosini

R&D S&E, Chemistry


Since 2018, Andrea Ambrosini has been a Principal Member of the Technical Staff in the Concentrating Solar Technologies department. Andrea’s research involves the synthesis, characterization, and development of functional oxide materials for renewable energy applications, particularly concentrating solar power and solar-thermal chemistry. She has over 50 publications, 4 published patents and 2 patents pending. Prior to joining Sandia, Andrea was a post-doctoral fellow for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) at Laboratoire CRISMAT in Caen, France.


  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Inorganic Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Research Interests

  • Materials for Concentrating Solar Technologies
  • Solar-thermal fuels and chemical production
  • Decarbonization
  • Thermochemical energy storage
  • Chemical looping processes utilizing metal oxides
  • Solar receiver coatings

Key Publications

  • Miller, J. E., S. M. Babiniec, E. N. Coker, P. G. Loutzenhiser, E. B. Stechel, A. Ambrosini, “Modified Calcium Manganites for Thermochemical Energy Storage Applications.” Frontiers in Energy Research no. 10 (2022).
  • Bush, H. E., N. P. Nguyen, T. Farr, P. G. Loutzenhiser, A. Ambrosini, “Air separation via a two-step solar thermochemical cycle based on (Ba, La)xSr1-xFeO3-δ: Thermodynamic analysis.” Solid State Ionics 368, no. 9 (2021).
  • Ambrosini, A., A. Boubault, C. K. Ho, L. Banh, J. R. Lewis, “Influence of Application Parameters on Stability of Pyromark® 2500 Receiver Coatings,” Energy Proced. 2019. Submitted.
  • Babiniec, S. M., A. Ambrosini, J. E. Miller, “Thermodynamic assessment of an electrically-enhanced thermochemical hydrogen production (EETHP) concept for renewable hydrogen generation,” Int. J. Hydrog. Energy. 42, no. 21 (2017): 14380-14389
  • Boubault, A., C. K. Ho, A. Hall, T. N. Lambert, A. Ambrosini, “Levelized cost of energy (LCOE) metric to characterize solar absorber coatings for the CSP industry,” Renewable Energy 85, (2016): 472-483.