Research Output per year
My research interest lies in the area of Green/Sustainable Chemistry, and more precisely, in the field of renewable materials. I am particularly interested in the use of biomass, in order to obtain on the one hand platform chemicals and, on the other, monomers for the synthesis of sustainable polymers.
I am fascinated by understanding the origin of chemicals and how they are converted into final products; in this context, the urge of switching the chemical industry from fossil to renewable sources represents an exciting challenge to me, both when dealing with relatively simple starting materials (e.g. monosaccharides, fatty acids) or more complex feedstocks (e.g. lignocellulosic biomass). My motivation, in particular, arises from the need of finding alternative biomass sources not in competition with land and food. My research is therefore focused on 2nd generation feedstocks such as:
- lignocellulosic biomass from waste streams (e.g. from agriculture, paper industry), with special focus on the hemicellulose fraction, for the production of monomers and polymers
- algal biomass for the production of chemicals, monomers and fuels
Sustainable Chemical Technologies, Master of Research, Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT)
Sep 2017 → Sep 2018
Chemistry, Master of Science, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
Sep 2014 → Jul 2016
Chemistry, Bachelor of Science, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
Sep 2011 → Jul 2014
A synergistic use of microalgae and macroalgae for heavy metal bioremediation and bioenergy production through hydrothermal liquefactionPiccini, M., Raikova, S., Allen, M. & Chuck, C., 2019, In : Sustainable Energy & Fuels. 3, 1, p. 292-301 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Making light work of heavy metal contamination: The potential for coupling bioremediation with bioenergy productionRaikova, S., Piccini, M., Surman, M., Allen, M. & Chuck, C., 31 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. 94, 10, p. 3064-3072 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article