Avviso di seminario dal titolo “Bioelectrochemical systems for energy and sensing applications” – 8 gennaio ore 15 aula Malquori

08 / Gen / 2024 10:11


aula Malquori, 8 Gennaio, ore 15:00

Prof. Mirella Di Lorenzo

Professor of Biochemical Engineering, Associate Dean International for
the Faculty of Engineering and Design and co-Director of the Research
Centre for Bioengineering and Biomedical Technologies (CBio)


Bioelectrochemical systems for energy and sensing applications


This talk provides an overview of the activities of the Biosensors and
Biofuel Cells lab at Bath, led by Prof Di Lorenzo, with the aim to
generate fruitful discussions and ideas for collaborations. Over the
past 12 years, we have developed a cross-disciplinary research
portfolio that embraces engineering, biocatalysis, biotechnology,
material science, fuel cell technology and sensing technology, with a
focus towards the development of affordable, sustainable and
environmentally friendly electrochemical systems for energy harvesting
from waste, water quality monitoring systems and wearable and
implantable healthcare devices. In particular, our research into
microbial fuel cells (MFC) is focused on applications such as energy
harvesting from waste, bioremediation of contaminated water and soil,
and water quality monitoring. We use cost-effective materials for
affordable solutions, which include exploring the use of waste as a
resource. We also focus on innovative designs, ranging from
microfluidic systems to fully biodegradable paper-based MFCs, to
soil-based MFCs with simple and low-cost designs. We develop
technological solutions for power scaling-up with the use of
customised power management systems with the support of mathematical
modelling and simulation. We have recently demonstrated in field the
reproducibility of lab results and our success has led to the
establishment of the start-up Bactery. Our research into enzymatic and
abiotic fuel cells is focused on applications such as energy
harvesting from physiological fluids, namely saliva, sweat and
interstitial fluid, and the monitoring of key metabolites (glucose,
lactate) and biomarkers of interest (acetylcholine, associated to
serious brain’s disorders), for wearable and implantable devices. We
work on the development of innovative nanostructured conductive
materials and miniature arrays on chip. We have recently demonstrated
in vivo power generation in large animal models (pigs).

Rossana Pasquino, PhD
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica, dei Materiali e della Produzione
Industriale – DICMaPI
Scuola di Ingegneria e delle Scienze di Base
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
P.le Tecchio 80
80125 Naples, Italy

tel. 0817682288

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