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Giulia Righetti graduated in Mechanical Engineering (score 110/110 cum laude) from the University of Padua in 2012, with a thesis titled "Experimental, numerical, and analytical analysis of a miniature cooling system for electronic components." She obtained her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with a specialization in Energy Engineering from the same university in 2016, defending a thesis titled "Application of innovative refrigerants with low environmental impact for refrigeration and thermal control."

From 2016 to 2018, she worked as a research fellow (Law 240/10, Art. 22) at the Department of Technical and Management of Industrial Systems of the University of Padua, focusing her research on "Innovative low global warming potential refrigerants for transport applications." From 2018 to 2021, she served as a Fixed-Term Researcher at the same department. Since 2023, she has been an Associate Professor at the University of Padua.

Giulia Righetti is the author and co-author of 120 scientific articles published in various international journals, conference proceedings, and national and international congresses. She also serves as a reviewer for 25 international journals. She has participated in 18 international conferences, presenting 15 papers. One of her presentations won the "Best presentation of young scholars" award at the 13th International Conference on "Two-Phase Systems for Space and Ground Applications" held in Xi'an, China, on October 15-19, 2018.

She supervises numerous Bachelor's and Master's theses and has taught courses on Energy Management, Heat Exchange in Electronic Equipment, Laboratory of Technical Physics, and Technical Physics.

Since October 2019, she has been a member of the Orientation Commission of the Department of Technical and Management of Industrial Systems at the University of Padua. Since February 2018, she has been a member of the Ph.D. course in Mechatronic Engineering and Mechanical Product Innovation at the University of Padua.

She has participated in numerous European research projects, two of which as scientific coordinator, as well as numerous national and university research projects, one of which as scientific coordinator.

Her main scientific activities are related to energy optimization for sustainability in refrigeration, with particular interest in two-phase heat transfer phenomena, including the use of low environmental impact refrigerants and the study of phase change thermal storage. Her current research focuses on:

Use of phase change materials (PCMs) for thermal storage.
Study of innovative techniques to increase the efficiency of cooling electronic components.
Use of finite element software to investigate phase change processes and the diffusion of flammable gases in confined spaces.