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Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo graduated from the Federico II University of Napoli in 2003. Here, and at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald, she went on to gain a PhD in Industrial Biotechnology. Mirella has subsequently worked in research and post-doc positions at Newcastle University and the National Nanotechnology Laboratory of Lecce before joining the University of Bath as a Lecturer in July 2011. She is currently the Director of Research for the Department of Chemical Engineering.


Mirella’s interdisciplinary expertise lies at the interface of bioelectrochemistry, microengineering, microfluidics, sensing technology and material science.

Mirella’s work addresses some of the world’s most pressing development challenges, such as the water-energy-food security and global health, by developing eco-friendly and sustainable solutions affordable to all.

Her research focuses particularly on the development of innovative biological fuel cell (BFC) designs for either energy harvesting, water quality monitoring or healthcare applications. Particular attention is given to low-cost designs that can lead to devices affordable everywhere in the world. As such, she explores the uses of recyclable, biodegradable and low-cost materials.

By responding to global humanitarian and environmental challenges, Mirella’s research is aligned with the Global Sustainable Development Goals, and, as such, with the UKRI plan to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by ODA countries.

Over the past years, she has built-up a network of collaborations with ODA countries, particularly in South America, where she has carried out a six-month sabbatical during February-July 2018.


Willing to supervise PhD

Interested in supervising students studying;

  • Microfluidics
  • Nanostructured bioelectrodes
  • Fuel cells and biofuel cells 
  • Bio- microelectromechanic systems (bioMEMS) 

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Projects 2012 2022

Research Output 2005 2019

A photosynthetic toxicity biosensor for water

Chouler, J., Monti, M., Morgan, W., Cameron, P. & Di Lorenzo, M., 20 Jun 2019, In : Electrochimica Acta. 309, p. 392-401 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

Assessing the impact of design factors on the performance of two miniature microbial fuel cells

Mateo Fernandez, S., Mascia, M., Fernandez-Morales, F. J., Rodrigo, M. A. & Di Lorenzo, M., 20 Feb 2019, In : Electrochimica Acta. 297, p. 297-306

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Electricity generation from moss with light-driven microbial fuel cells

Castresana, P. A., Martinez, S. M., Freeman, E., Eslava, S. & Di Lorenzo, M., 1 Mar 2019, In : Electrochimica Acta. 298, p. 934-942 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pesticides detection by a miniature microbial fuel cell under controlled operational disturbances

Chouler, J. & Di Lorenzo, M., 15 Jun 2019, In : Water Science and Technology. 79, 12, p. 2231-2241 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Dataset for 'Electricity generation from moss with light-driven microbial fuel cells'

Castresana, P. A. (Creator), Monasterio Martinez, S. (Creator), Freeman, E. (Creator), Eslava, S. (Creator), Di Lorenzo, M. (Creator), University of Bath, 21 Dec 2018



Biosensors for drug discovery applications

Author: Bhalla, N., 6 Jan 2016

Supervisor: Estrela, P. (Supervisor), Di Lorenzo, M. (Supervisor) & Pula, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Development of cost-effective and sustainable microbial fuel cells for water quality monitoring

Author: Chouler, J., 31 Jan 2018

Supervisor: Di Lorenzo, M. (Supervisor) & Cameron, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Development of Miniature Enzymatic Biofuel Cells as Potential Power Sources for Implantable Medical Devices

Author: Du Toit, H., 20 Mar 2015

Supervisor: Di Lorenzo, M. (Supervisor) & Marken, F. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Exploring the use of Microbial Fuel Cells for the online detection of organic micropollutants in water

Author: Bradley, S., 3 Apr 2019

Supervisor: Di Lorenzo, M. (Supervisor) & Kasprzyk-Hordern, B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Printing Materials and Processes for Electrochemical Applications

Author: Rymansaib, Z., 1 Mar 2017

Supervisor: Iravani, P. (Supervisor) & Di Lorenzo, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD