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Research interests

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Sustainable Chemical Technologies, Master of Research, Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT)

Sep 2017Sep 2018

Chemistry, Master of Science, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia

Sep 2014Jul 2016

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia

Sep 2011Jul 2014


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