CO2 reduction for a low-carbon economy

Specific mission

Development of innovative and sustainable technologies and processes exploiting renewable resources for the reduction of CO2 emissions (by soil restoration) and CO2 valorisation through its conversion to high-added value products.

Main research topics

  • Photo- and electro-catalytic conversion of CO2 to chemicals or fuels (e.g. syngas, methane, methanol or DME)
  • Capture of CO2 with absorbents and micro- and mesoporous materials.
  • Conversion of CO2 into C-based nanomaterials (e.g. nanoCaCO3 powders used as cement reinforcer)
  • Integration of advanced oxidation processes (AOP) with CO2 reduction into multifunctional systems
  • Biological processes (anaerobic or electrochemical) for the production of bio-plastics or bio-methane from CO2, syngas and/or organic waste.
  • Thermochemical catalytic processes (e.g. power to fuel)
  • Desert soils quality improvement by using organic matter as fertilizer
  • Modelling and processes simulation of (bio)technological processes
  • Sustainability analysis of emergent (bio)technologies by Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Main partnerships

  • DISAT - Politecnico di Torino -Prof. Marco ARMANDI, Prof. Barbara BONELLI, Prof. Giancarlo CICERO, Prof. Fabrizio PIRRI
  • DENERG - Politecnico di Torino - Prof. Massimo SANTARELLI
  • Prof. Gabriele CENTI - Università di Messina, Italia
  • IIT - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia- Center for Sustainable Future Technologies (CSFT@Polito), Torino, Italia
  • Prof. James BARBER - Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Murid HUSSAIN, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Prof. Alessandra QUADRELLI, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Villeurbanne, France
  • Prof. Carmen CLAVER, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain.
  • Dr. Sara Cavaliere, University of Montpellier, Charles Gerhardt Institute Montpellier (ICGM/AIME) France
  • Dr. Francesca Toma, Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  • Prof. Giuliana MATTIAZZO, DIMEAS, Politecnico di Torino
  • Dr. Elisabeth SIMELTON, Climate Change Researcher at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Vietnam.
  • Dr. María Auxiliadora PRIETO, CSIC - Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas (CIB), Environmental Biology Department, Madrid, Spain
  • Dr. Massimo PUGLIESE, Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Forestali e Alimentari (DISAFA), Università di Torino, socio fondatore di AgriNewTech s.r.l.
  • Dr. Simon RITTMANN, Universitat Wien, Department of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology, Vienna, Austria
  • Dr. Antonella Rizzo, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Brindisi, Italy
  • Prof. Carminna Ottone, Universidad Pontificia Catolica de Valparaiso, Biochemical Engineering Department, Chile
  • Dr. Stefano Mocali, Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e analisi dell'economia agraria (CREA) - Centro di Ricerca per l'Agricoltura e l'Ambiente, Italy.

Projects and publications

Reference laboratories

PhD, Post-docs and Grant researchers