PEOPLE

Core team





Other Current Members

Co-supervised Ph.D. students

Matteo Aberghini: Water and wastewater treament driven by solar thermal systems (co-supervision with Prof. Pietro Asinari): Ph.D. funded by the CleanWaterCenter@PoliTo
Roberto Bert: Fluid dyanamics and prevention of fouling in membrane-based water and wastewater treatment (co-supervision with Prof. Costantino Manes): Ph.D funded by the CleanWaterCenter@PoliTo

Masters’ students

Pierluca Oliveri: Investigation of transport mechanicms in forward osmosis vs- reverse osmosis (currently at Aquaporin A/S, Denmark)
Paola Cipollone: Design and evaluation of small-scale desalination units for applications in Oman (co-supervisor: Prof. Pietro Asinari, SMaLL Lab) – in the framework of the CleanWaterCenter@PoliTo

Past Lab Members

Post-doctoral Associates

Antonio Amelio (left June 2018): Fabrication and functionalization of hybrid organic/inorganic membranes for solvent resistant nanofiltration and for water purification; life-cycle assessment. – currently post-doctoral associate at The University of Edinburgh, Sctotland, U.K.

Research Assistants

Daria Grinic: Synthesis of polymers and membranes for osmotically-driven applications
Nicola Duimovich: Fabrication and testing of lab-made hybrid organic/inorganic membranes
Janis Patiňo Higuita: Iron-based nanoparticles for contaminated site reclamation, in the Environmental Nanotechnology Lab – currently a Ph.D. student in the lab of Prof. Veronica Morales at UC Davis, U.S.A.
Laura Andrea Saldarriaga Hernandez: Aggregation and deposition of iron oxide colloids, in the Environmental Nanotechnology Lab

Masters’ students (graduated)

Francesco Artuso: Solar Concentration and Membrane Distillation coupling: System Model and Case Studies (main supervisor: Prof. Eliodoro Chiavazzo, SMaLL Lab) – in the framework of the CleanWaterCenter@PoliTo
Andrea Maizzi: Water / energy nexus: assessment of future water treatment scenarios and their energy sustainability (co-supervision: Prof. Francesco Laio) – in the framework of the CleanWaterCenter@PoliTo
Giorgio Paradies: Application of forward osmosis for the treatment of wastewater of beer production (work performed at Technical University of Denmark, DTU, and in collaboration with Aquaporin A/S)
Federica Granato (co-advisor; main advisor: Prof. Marco Sangermano, DISAT): functionalized polyethersulfone-based membranes for pervaporation (in collaboration with Ben Gurion University, Israel, lab of Dr. Roy Bernstein)
Edoardo Carlo Massasso: Rimozione di cromo esavalente da acque potabili con impianto pilota (in collaboration with SMAT S.p.A.)
Emmanuele Castiglione: Adsorption and desorption of a positively charged polymer on silica and implications for environmental processes
Andrea Cosola: Fabrication and characterization of membranes made of sulfonated polyethersulfone for nanofiltration and as support for forward osmosis membranes
Simone Cascia: Removal of phosphate from aqueous solutions through adsorption onto dolomite in a depth filter (in collaboration with University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, lab of Prof. Susana Boeykens)
Jacopo De Tommaso (co-advisor; main advisor: Prof. Tiziana Tosco, DIATI): Transport and fate of nanoparticles in soils and acquifers (thesis work performed at McGill University, Canada, in the lab of Prof. Nathalie Tufenkji)
Daniela Russo (co-advisor; main advisor: Prof. Marco Sangermano, DISAT): Thin-film composite membranes with covalent binding between polyamide and the support layer resistant to backwashing (in collaboration with Ben Gurion University, Israel, lab of Dr. Ron Kasher)
Salvatore Manuel Sortino: Engineered biological processes for resource recovery from waste streams (thesis work performed at Columbia University, USA, in Prof. Kartik Chandran’s lab)
Nicola Duimovich: Use of biochar for removal of organic matter (thesis work performed at Aalto University, Finland)
Sara Abbenante: Renewable energy-powered membrane processes (thesis work performed at KIT, Germany, in the lab of Prof. Andrea Iris Schӓfer)
Santino Nanni: Development of antifouling RO membranes by incorporation of nanomaterials (thesis work performed at University of Concordia, Canada, in the lab of Prof. Saifur Rahaman)
Massimiliano Bolettieri: Graphene oxide-based multifunctional membrane for water purification (thesis work performed at UC Berkeley, USA, in Prof. Baoxia Mi’s lab)
Cédric Le Teuff: Preventive maintenance of the water and wastewater treatment plants of Nouméa, New Caledonia
Francesco Ricceri: Graphene-based membranes for nanofiltration (thesis work performed at KAUST, Saudi Arabia, in the lab of Prof. Peng Wang)
Cristina Andriollo: Chromium removal by nanofiltration for potable water, in collaboration with Prof. Mariachiara Zanetti and Dr. Barbara Ruffino of DIATI
Elisabetta Averna: Chromium removal by nanofiltration for potable water, in collaboration with Prof. Mariachiara Zanetti and Dr. Barbara Ruffino of DIATI
Maria Di Vincenzo: Improving boron removal in thin-film composite membranes (thesis work performed at IEM, France in collaboration with Dr. Yves-Marie Legrand and Prof. Mihai Barboiu): currently a Ph.D. student at IEM, Montpellier, France