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Massimo Nocentini

Associate Professor

Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering

Academic discipline: ING-IND/26 Analysis, Design and Control of Chemical Processes

Curriculum vitae

Degree cum laude in Chemical Engineering in 1982 in the University of Bologna. Researcher (Assistant Professor) since 1983 and Associate Professor since 1992 in the Department of Chemical, Mining and Environmental Engineering of the University of Bologna. In the past he taught Fundamentals of Chemical Processes Development, Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering and Remediation of Contaminated Sites in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna. Actually he teaches Technologies for the Remediation of Soil and Subsoil and Laboratory of Introduction to Process Simulation.
From 1983 to 1993 his research topic has been the characterization and modeling of agitated multi-phase (liquid-solid and gas-liquid) chemical reactors. His research on liquid-solid reactors focused on the study of catalyst distribution in the reactor and on its influence on reactor performance. The focus of the activity on gas-liquid systems was the study of the distribution of the gas phase and gas-liquid mass transfer. Prof. Nocentini developed novel correlations and models for the prediction of the behavior of agitated chemical reactors. In this field he published about 40 works, mainly as articles in international journals and proceedings of international congresses with review.
In 1993 he started a new research line on bioremediation. The most significant experiences focused on studying the feasibility of bioremediation processes, with specific attention to scale-up problems.
From 2001 the research of Prof. Nocentini has focused primarily on the biodegradation of chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons (CAHs) under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions. The research coordinated by prof. Nocentini in the field of chlorinated solvent biodegradation includes the operation of small-scale batch reactors as well as flow reactors simulating portions of saturated porous media, and cover several aspects:
-    feasibility studies relative to the applicability of bioremediation to CAH-contaminated aquifers;
-    isolation and characterization of bacterial species effective in the biodegradation of CAHs and testing of their effectiveness in bioaugmentation treatments;
-    testing and validation of kinetic models of CAH cometabolic biodegradation, coupled with fluid-dynamic models of contaminant transport in saturated media;
-    evaluation of design parameters for full-scale applications of CAH bioremediation.
In the field of bioremediation Prof. Nocentini has published about 25 works, mainly as articles in international journals and proceedings of international congresses with review. He has been the coordinator of three PRIN research programs and he has collaborated in other PRIN and institutional research projects.
Prof. Nocentini has been the scientific coordinator in many research and consulting collaborations with more than 20 companies and institutions operating in the field of site remediation. With some of the biggest companies operating in site remediation the collaboration has continued many years leading to dozens of risk analyses, remedial projects and safety assurance of polluted sites. In the field of risk analysis of polluted sites the research activity regards the improvements of pollutants transport models for the evaluation of the concentration at the receptor.



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