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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 2021

Research Output 2005 2019

A photosynthetic toxicity biosensor for water

Chouler, J., Monti, M., Morgan, W., Cameron, P. & Di Lorenzo, M., 15 Apr 2019, In : Electrochimica Acta. 309, p. 392-401 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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., 11 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Water Science and Technology.

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 Fernandez, 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