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Giulio Zanaroli

Associate Professor

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering

Academic discipline: CHIM/11 Chemistry and Biotechnology of Fermentation

Curriculum vitae

Giulio Zanaroli graduated cum laude in Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2001, and got his PhD in Applied Biocatalysis and Industrial Microbiology at the same University in 2005. From January 2005 to November 2008 he has been post-doctoral Research Associate at the Department of Applied Chemistry and Material Science of the University of Bologna in the group of Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology coordinated by Prof. Fabio Fava, both as winner of post-doctoral fellowships and as contract researcher. He has been visiting researcher for two six-month periods (from October 2002 to March 2003 and from March 2005 to August 2005) at the Biotech Center for Agricolture and the Environment, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ, USA) in the laboratory of Prof. Lily Y. Young, with a “Marco Polo” fellowship of the University of Bologna for the training of young researchers, and then with a EU fellowship “EU-US exchange fellowship in environmental biotechnology” (EC Accompanying Measure QLK3-CT-2002-30292). From December 2008 to September 2017 he was Assistant Professor of Fermentation Chemistry and Biotechnology (sector CHIM/11) at the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering, School of Engineering, of the University of Bologna, where is he Associate processor since October 2017. Since October 2018, he holds the national scientific habilitation as full professor in the sector "medicinal, toxicological and nutritional chemistry and applied technologies" (03/D1) (valid from 31/10/2018 to 31/10/2024).

His main research interests are in the Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology, with specific reference to the study of the aerobic and anaerobic biodegradation of aromatic, aliphatic, chlorinated and non chlorinated xenobiotics and the microbial communities in charge of the degradation process. He is also involved in research activities related to Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, in particular as regards the valorization of agroindustry wastes and effluents for the production of fine chemicals, biopolymers and biofuels. In these ambits, he participates/has participated in 8 European research projects funded in the H2020 framework program (PRESERVE, ELECTRA, TERMINUS, MADFORWATER – of which he was co-coordinator, NoAW, Agrimax, INMARE, BIOWAYS), 1 JPI-Ocean project (PLASTOX) and 7 European research projects funded in the 7th framework program (KILLSPILL, BIOCLEAN, ROUTES, ECOBIOCAP, ULIXES, MINOTAURUS, NAMASTE). His research activity is documented by the publication of 55 research articles in peer-reviewed international journals, 1 on national journals, 1 international patent, 7 book chapters, 35 extended abstracts in proceedings of national and international conferences (1 of which presented as keynote lecture) and more than 50 oral or poster presentations at national and international conferences.

His teaching activity concerns the courses of Fundamentals of Biotechnology for the Chemical Industry, Bioremediation and Exploitation of Marine Bioresources, Microbiology and Biotechnology for Depollution and Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology of the 1st or 2nd level degree programs in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Off-shore Engineering and Low Carbon Technologies and Sustainable Chemistry of the University of Bologna.