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Lorenzo Bertin

Associate Professor

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering

Academic discipline: ICAR/03 Sanitary and Environmental Engineering


Keywords: polyphenols recovery from agro-industrial wastes municipal solid and agro-industrial wastes valorization biometano ecotoxicity test biohydrogen immobilized biofilm reactors anaerobic digestion polyhydroxyalkanoates volatile fatty acids

The research activity carried out by Dr. Bertin is focused on the following main subjects: development of anaerobic biotechnological processes fed with organic matrices having different origins (organic fractions of municipal solid wastes, agro-industrial wastes) for the production of a) volatile fatty acids, to be employed as the row-material of aerobic biotechnological processes for microbial biopolymers production, or b) a biogas richi in hydrogen (by developing dark fermentation processes) or biomethane; 2) recovery of the polyphenolic fraction of agro-industrial wastes via solid-phase extraction; 3) development of microaerophilic or anaerobic biotecnological processes fed with crude glycerol (from the transesterification of triglycerides for biodiesel production) per the production of 1,3-propanediol; 4) ectoxicological tests employing both animal and plant organisms; development of biotechnological processes for the production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (microbial biopolymers - polyesters - stored by aerobic bacteria as a carbon and energy source).