University of Bologna (UNIBO)

UNIBOFounded in 1088, the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (UNIBO) is known as the oldest University of the western world. Nowadays, UNIBO still remains one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe and the second largest university in Italy with 11 Schools, 33 Departments and more than 84.000 students, as well as an Integrated Research Team, Alma Low Carbon, aimed at the integration and exchange of expertise of the University in the fields of the reduction of CO2 emissions and climate-changing gases. UNIBO is one of the most important institutions of higher education across EU and the second Italian University in access to EU funding. UNIBO has gained a considerable experience in International and European research projects, successfully participated in FP7 with more than 275 funded projects in different specific programmes (acting as coordinator in 58 of these, total budget 87.5 m€). In the first year of Horizon 2020, UNIBO won 44 projects for a total budget of over 14 m€., mostly in Societal Challenge II and IV (Bioeconomy and Climate).

At EU level, Unibo is member of the major European Networks and stakeholders thematic groups, such as: the European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA); the European Technology Platforms (ETP) SusChem; the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Spire; the KIC Climate and Raw Materials; the Biobased Industry Consortium (BIC).

The UNIBO research unit involved in the present proposal is the “Industrial and environmental biotechnologies” unit of the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering (DICAM), which has a documented experience in the development of biorefinery processes fed with biowastes dedicated to the production and recovery of bio-based added value molecules.

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Key person involved

Prof. Lorenzo Bertin is chemical engineering and he is Associate Professor at DICAM. His research activity mainly focuses on the development of multi-purpose biorefinery processes for to the valorization of solid/liquid biowastes. He published 46 full papers on international peer-review journals and his H-index is 16. In the frame of the present proposal, Prof. Bertin will be primarily responsible for carrying out the proposed research and/or innovation activities.  

Prof. Noura Raddadi is microbiologist and she is Assistant Professor at DICAM. She has been interested in the selection of marine microorganisms and traits of microbes deriving from hot desert extreme environments for environmental biotechnology applications, and in the development/optimization of biotechnological processes for the valorization of agroindustrial wastes/byproducts. She published 27 papers on international peer-review journals with a HI of 12.

Prof. Dario Frascari  is environmental engineering and he is Assistant Professor at DICAM. His research activity mainly focuses on the design, assessment and modelling of environmental bioprocessing, including the development of column plants for the solid phase extraction of relevant molecules from aqueous feeding. He published 27 full papers on international peer-review journals and his H-index is 10.            

Prof. Davide Pinelli is an industrial chemist and he is Associate Professor at DICAM. He has a 30-year research experience in the fields of bioremediation, biodegradation, wastewater treatment, heterogeneous catalysis, mass transfer in multi-phase systems, modelling of bioreactors, biodiesel production, biogas production, phenolic compounds recovery by adsorption. He has more than 60 papers in high IF international journals. His H-index is 17.