University Ca Foscari of Venice (UNIVE)

UNIVEThe Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics (DAIS) was established in January 2011 as the result of a merger of the consolidated academic traditions that were hosted by the former Departments of Environmental Sciences, Computer Science and Statistics. The merger was aimed at fostering an ideal context for the interaction among three disciplines that constitute key drivers of modern research and socio-economic development. The Department brings together world leading faculty members and research personnel committed to work towards common, cutting-edge research goals, leveraging their established expertise in their respective areas of interest. Collectively, they contribute to advance our understanding of the complexity of modern environmental and information systems, by developing the analytical models, the assessment principles and the engineering techniques required to provide effective answers to the scientific questions such systems raise, and to the technological challenges they create. The research group of the DAIS has thirty years experience in the study of processes of anaerobic digestion of organic waste from separate collection and advanced treatment of wastewater, and is currently involved in several European projects in the VII Framework Programme linked to the fate of these matrices and issues related to them. The activities of the research group of DAIS has a strong industrial approach and is mainly applied research. In fact, most of the activities are carried out on a pilot scale-demonstrative or on full scale plants, with particular interest for the process engineering. The main lines of activity are linked to the following aspects: processes of anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge and organic waste in order to recover energy (methane and hydrogen); automatic process control for the treatment of wastewater; membrane reactors for the treatment of wastewater and reuse; treatment of wastewater with high concentration of ammonia (eg, supernatants from anaerobic digestion). The expertise of the group, in reference to the project idea proposed, will address experimental pilot-scale in preparation for full-scale implementations.

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Key persons involved

Dr. Paolo PAVAN is full professor of Chemical Plants (ING-IND/25) at Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice. He is author of 250 and more pubblications on reviews, International Congresses, books. He is co-author of n.2 patents, since 1989 he has published 92 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, the total IF of the publications is 182,46, Hindex is 26 and total citations are 2017. His research and development activity concern: anaerobic digestion and Co-digestion of complex organic matrices; Co-composting of the organic fraction of the municipal solid waste;  study of the rheology property of sludge in the stabilization processes; fermentation of organic matrices finalized to production of chemicals with high added value; study of wastewater treatment with biological removal of  urban wastewater;  hydrogen  production (as Biohythane) from waste streams; study of the biological degradation of algal biomasses from Lagoon systems;  decreasing of phosphorus in water treatment plant through controlled crystallization; nitrogen removal in high strength streams.

Dr. Cristina CAVINATO is Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Department of Environmental Science, Informatics and Statistics since Dec 2010. After the Master degree in “Environmental Chemical Engineering: management and industrial treatments of wastewaters” (2006) she worked two years as Contract Researcher at the University of Verona. In 2008 she started her PhD course in Environmental Sciences at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice on the optimization of a two-phase anaerobic process for hydrogen and methane production treating the organic fraction of municipal solid waste. Her research and development activity concern the chemical and process engineering for organic waste valorisation and wastewater treatment in particular related to anaerobic digestion of civil/industrial/agricultural organic waste (sludge, biowaste, manure, winery waste...) for energy (hydrogen and methane production) and dark fermentation of solid organic matrices for chemicals production. Besides being co-author of n.1 patents, since 2009 she authored and co-authored some 30 papers in international journals cited 414 times, for a corresponding H index of 10. The total IF of the publications is 70.70.