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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 Director of Postgraduate Studies for the Department of Chemical Engineering.


Biofuel cells (BFCs) are a particular type of fuel cells in which the conversion of the organic substrates into electricity is catalyzed by enzymes, which can be within an organism (microbial fuel cells, MFC), or alone (enzymatic biofuel cells, EBFC). In the high demand for miniature and sustainable electrical power sources, Dr Di Lorenzo’s research aims to micro machine the biofuel cell technology.

Mirella's goal is to promote the practical use of micro biofuel cells as potential power source for a number of biomedical accessories, including cardiac pacemaker, neurostimulators, hearing and vision devices, drug pumps, glucose sensors, bladder-control valves, and as biosensor for wastewaters.

This research has a multidisciplinary nature. It fuses together biotechnology aspects, fuel cell techniques, fabrication of enzymatic nanostructurated electrodes, microfluidics knowledge and micromachining techniques.

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


Di Lorenzo, M.


Project: EU Commission

Process control
Metal casting

Vaccinating the Nexus

Di Lorenzo, M.


Project: Research council


Research Output 2005 2018

11 Citations

A screen-printed paper microbial fuel cell biosensor for detection of toxic compounds in water

Chouler, J., Cruz-Izquierdo, A., Rengaraj, S., Scott, J. & Di Lorenzo, M., 15 Apr 2018, In : Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 102, p. 49-56 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Bioelectric Energy Sources
Microbial fuel cells
Biosensing Techniques
4 Citations

Enzymatic Fuel Cells: Towards Self-Powered Implantable and Wearable Diagnostics

Gonzalez Soliño, C. & Di Lorenzo, M., 1 Mar 2018, In : Biosensors. 8, 1, 18 p., 11.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Enzymatic fuel cells
Point-of-Care Systems
Delivery of Health Care
Equipment and Supplies
2 Citations

Impedimetric paper-based biosensor for the detection of bacterial contamination in water

Rengaraj, S., Cruz-Izquierdo, A., Scott, J. & Di Lorenzo, M., 15 Jul 2018, In : Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. 265, p. 50-58

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Citations

Exploring the use of cost-effective membrane materials for Microbial Fuel Cell based sensors

Chouler, J., Bentley, I., Vaz, F., O'Fee, A., Cameron, P. & Di Lorenzo, M., 20 Mar 2017, In : Electrochimica Acta. 231, p. 319-326

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Microbial fuel cells
2 Citations

Semiconductor technology in protein kinase research and drug discovery: sensing a revolution

Bhalla, N., Di Lorenzo, M., Estrela, P. & Pula, G., Feb 2017, In : Drug Discovery Today. 22, 2, p. 204-209 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Drug Discovery
Protein Kinase Inhibitors
Protein Kinases
Cell Physiological Phenomena


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 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


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