1) Biological production of hydrogen, methane
and high added value compounds (such as succinic aicd, volatile fatty acids, butanediol) from organic wastes, in suspended-cell and attached-cell
bioreactors. The activity indlues: i) small scale batch tests ii) the development of chemical and enzymatic pre-treatments of ligno-cellulosic substrates; iii) the kinetic and fluid-dynamic modeling of the process; iv) the economic analysis of the process.
2) Recovery of ammonium and phosphate from wastewater by adsorption and ion exchange, in order to produce fertilizers, with particular emphasis on the testing of innovative resins, on the technical and economic optimization of the process and on the process simulation.
3) Separation of polyphenols from olive mill wastewater by
adsorption, with particular emphasis on the testing of innovative resins, on the technical and economic optimization of the process and on the process simulation.
The common elements in the different
research lines of Dr. Frascari are the integration of the
experimental activities with simulation activities aimed at process
optimization, and the scale-up of the studied processes in
pilot-scale reactors / plants.