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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 doctoral students

Interested in supervising students studying;

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

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Research Output

Rapid and on-site simultaneous electrochemical detection of copper, lead and mercury in the Amazon river

Bernalte, E., Arévalo, S., Pérez-Taborda, J., Wenk, J., Estrela, P., Avila, A. & Di Lorenzo, M., 15 Mar 2020, In : Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. 307, 127620.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

A novel flexible conductive sponge-like electrode capable of generating electrical energy from the direct oxidation of aqueous glucose

Desmaële, D., La Malfa, F., Rizzi, F., Qualtieri, A., Di Lorenzo, M. & De Vittorio, M., 4 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Physics: Conference Series. 1407, 1, 012030.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access

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
13 Citations (Scopus)

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 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)
43 Downloads (Pure)


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