Our Research Group

Fabrizio Adani

Scientific responsible

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Professor of Biomass and Waste Recycling Promoting the Circular Economy (in English) and Soil and Environment, for the DISAA. His research is focused on soil and environmental chemistry, biomasses recycling, bioeconomy renewable energy production and green chemistry. He has 190 peer reviewed papers on international reviews.

Giuliana D´Imporzano

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Professor since 2019. She is author and co-author of about 60 peer-reviewed international journals relating to different topics of Soil Chemistry, Use and Recycling of Biomass in Agriculture and of Environmental, Analytical and Organic Chemistry, to Renewable Fertilizers. Her research activity refers to soil chemistry, to the use and recycling of biomass in agricultural and energy fields and environmental chemistry.

Salvatore Roberto Pilu

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Energy crops unit. Graduated in Biological Sciences in February 1994 at the University of Milan, since 2002 he has been Professor at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He has always studied and taught issues concerning genetics and the genetic improvement of plants that have led him to publish more than 75 articles with IF, and obtained a patent and registrations in the varietal register.

Marta Dell´Orto

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Graduated in Agricultural Sciences in 1994 at Università degli Studi di Milano, Ph.D in 1999 on Agricultural Ecology, since 2001 she is technician at the Di.S.A.A., working mainly on topics regarding crop physiological responses to abiotic stresses (nutritional stress, drought, salinity). She is author of 24 papers on peer reviewed scientific journals.

Patrizia De Nisi

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Graduated in Agricultural Sciences in 2002 at Università degli Studi di Milano, she is technician at the Di.S.A.A and the main themes of her research are: i) detailed characterization of complex matrix samples and flavors and subsequent qualification of primary and secondary metabolites in plants by GC–MS; ii) development of techniques and approaches (GC–MS, HS–SPME) for the monitoring of technological food transformation processes; iii) development of advanced chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques for the anthocyanin, carotenoids and polyphenols in plant and evaluation of bioactives in food matrices; iv) expertise in the field of membrane purification, enzymology and western blot analysis, and physiology and biochemistry of metal–deficient responses in plants. She is author of many papers on peer reviewed scientific journals.



Research fellow. Elisa graduated in Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics at the University of Trieste in 2013. She obtained a PhD in Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield in 2018 with a thesis entitled “Nitrogen source, transformation and fate within intensive dairy systems to inform sustainable intensification “. Since 2019, she has worked as a research fellow at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in the Environmental and Agricultural Microbiology Group with projects aimed at studying the effect of nitrogen depositions on soil microbial communities and at the characterisation of microbial populations of doughs and of various types of bioreactors for wastewater treatment. She is currently involved in the project “SAFE BIOREFINERY: Monitoring impacts of new algae-based biorefinery”.

Andrea Goglio


Andrea Goglio graduated in 2016 in Agricultural Science at the University of Milan with a research project at the China Agricultural University of Beijing (China) on the renewable energy and nutrients from organic waste by anaerobic digestion process. In the same year, he received the professional license of Agronomist, and in 2013, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science and Technology at the University of Milan. Presently, he finished his Ph.D. in Agriculture, Environment and Bioenergy at the University of Milan and he is research fellow at the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science of the University of Milan. During his research experience, he collaborated also with the University of Alcalà de Henares (Spain), University of Alicante (Spain) and with the University of California-Davis (USA). His research has been mainly dedicated to wastewater treatment by the use of bioelectrochemical systems, focused on the nutrient recovery and the reuse of those nutrients as fertilizers/conditioners in agricultural soil.

Arianna Carrara

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PhD student in Agriculture, Environment and Bioenergy with a project related to CO2 and nitrogen bio-recycling aimed at energy and protein production starting from algal biomass. She graduated in Biotechnology in 2018 with a thesis about protein purification and she obtained the master degree in Biotechnology for the Bioeconomy in 2020 at the University of Milan with a thesis entitled “A simple biorefinery approach in recovering organic wastes: biomethane and bioplastics”. She mainly deals with bio-electrochemical reactors.

Gabriele Soggia

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PhD student in agriculture, environment and bioenergy with a project dealing with the use of geological natural gas emission by bioelectrochemical approaches for power-to-gas. Graduated in Biotechnology for the Bioeconomy in 2022 with a thesis about “Improving the circularity of biodegradable bioplastics by producing biogas: a full-scale assessment” and in Biotechnology in 2020 with a thesis on RNAi for susceptibility gene silencing in Vitis vinifera at the University of Milan. His focus is on sustainability topics such as bioeconomy, circular economy and bioenergy.

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