2019. Winner in third place of “2017 Energies Best Paper award” with the paper “Hydrothermal Carbonization of Waste Biomass: Process Design, Modeling, Energy Efficiency and Cost Analysis” by Michela Lucian and Luca Fiori. Link a “2017 Energies Best Paper Award – Professor Luca Fiori.pdf”.
2018. Qualified Full Professor.
2018. Invited as speechmaker to The European Researchers’ Night with the topic: From waste to energy, Trento, September 28, 2018.
2018. The research activity of my research group was selected among the 100 worthy of being reported in the book “100 Italian Circular Economy Stories” by Symbola and ENEL Group, Storia n° 30, pages 76-77.
2018. Symposium Organizer at the 256th ACS National Meeting in Boston, MA, USA – August 19-23, 2018. Symposium title: Thermochemical & Biochemical Conversions of Biomass to Biofuels & Biomaterials for Energy & Environmental Applications. Organizer: ACS, the American Chemical Society, Division of Environmental Chemistry.
2018. Member of the Scientific Committee of WasteEng2018 – 7th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorisation, Prague, CzechRepublic, July 2-5, 2018.
2018. Member of the International Scientific Committee as reviewer of IconBM2018 – International Conference on BioMass, Bologna, Italy, June 17-20, 2018.
2018. Scientific organizer of the workshop “Energy-environmental challenges as a development factor for a new economy. ERICSOL: the University energy project on energy“, Trento, Italy, 3 May 2018.
2017. Invited as presenter to the workshop “Il Sistema idrico integrato” organized by MM with the topic: La carbonizzazione idrotermica come possibile soluzione: Principi di funzionamento – Lonigo, Vicenza (IT), September 23, 2017.
2017. Scientific organizer of the workshop “High added-value products from industrial processing residues – Industrial-scale production of enriched in omega-3 oil from Trentino trout production waste“, Trento, Italy, 18 May 2017.
2017. Winner of the award “IO PENSO CIRCOLARE” as leader of the research group who submitted the best project presented by an Italian Research Institution. The awards ceremony was held in Turin on May 4, 2017, the award was received directly by the Italian Government’s Environment Minister. Related articles in national and local press.
2017. Invited as external expert (trainer) for the project “Business Environment for Economic Sustainability in Cross-Border Region Strumica – Kicevo – Kilkis” funded by the European Union and the National Funds of the Participating Countries under the IPA Cross – Border Programme 2007-2013. During the 4-day training “Cosme and Horizon 2020”hold in Strumica (Macedonia), I trained on “Case Study of Evaluation Process”.
2016. Member of the Scientific Committee and chairman of microCHP2016: micro-cogeneration through biomass gasification, Bolzano, Italy, December, 2nd-3rd 2016.
2016. Invited at the Escuela de Ingeniería of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile to hold the seminar “Supercritical water gasification and hydrothermal carbonization of biomass”. Santiago, Chile, 03/08/2016.
2016. Member of the Scientific Committee of WasteEng2016 – 6th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorization, Albi, France, 23-26 May 2016. Chairman of the session Char production and use. Member of the Award Committee (best posters).
2015. Winner of the D2T START CUP award (category: Green) with the project HTC BIO Innovation – the project was presented together with the PhD student Daniele Basso working under my supervision.
2015. Invited talk at the University of Padua (Italy): Waste to Energy e conversione di biomassa: Gassificazione supercritica e carbonizzazione idroterma.
2014. Scientific organizer of the workshop ValorVitis – Valorisation of the wine industry by-products for the production of high-added value compounds, Trento, Italy, 12 December 2014.
2014. Winner of the “Starting grant young researchers 2014” – UNITN internal call.
2014. The Project VALORVITIS – Valorisation of the wine industry by-products for the production of high-added value compounds was the subject of the television program “Linea Verde” broadcast on Rai TV September 28. Video – ValorVitis starts at 34’.
2014. My project idea “Hydrothermal carbonization of residual wet biomass”
was selected by VPI-Venice Platform for innovation and Technology for
the event TRExDUE+UNO=SETTE PROGETTI DI (EXTRA)ORDINARIA INNOVAZIONE in
the framework of Trieste Next.
I presented the project at Teatro Verdi, Trieste, Italy, 27 September 2014.
2014. Qualified Associate Professor.
2014. Invited as lecturer to “Vinitaly”, Verona, Italy, 7 April 2014.
2013. In June I was proposed to assist the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) as expert for the evaluation of proposals submitted under the Intelligent Energy – Europe Programme, Call for proposals CIP-IEE 2013. I delivered contract with EACI and I was assigned to the Solid Biomass panel of the Bioenergy Key Action.
2012. My project idea “Biomass and waste water for energy production” was selected among more than 100 projects and evaluated worth to be presented at Trieste Next, Nordest Technology Transfer, Teatro Verdi, Trieste, Italy, 29 September 2012. Video with presentation – Direct link to interview.
2012. Chairman of the session Hydrothermal process at the 4th International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorization, Porto, Portugal, 10-13 September 2012
2012. In June I was proposed to assist the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) as expert for the evaluation of proposals submitted under the Intelligent Energy – Europe Programme, Call for proposals CIP-IEE 2012. I delivered contract with EACI and I was assigned to the Bioenergy panel.
2012. Co-author of the poster entitled “Biomass gasification in supercritical and subcritical water: kinetics tests with different reactor materials” [C41] which was granted the “best visual presentation award” during the 20th European Biomass Conference hold in Milan, Italy, 18-22 June 2012.
2010. Chairman of the session Water assisted conversion at the 3rd International Conference on Engineering for Waste and Biomass Valorization, Beijing, China, 17-19 May 2010.
2009. Winner with the project “Valorization of exhausted grape marc at a local and trans-national level: cooperation for its utilization as a source of energy and foodstaff” of a research grant from Federazione Trentina della Cooperazione – Cooperazione e Università.
2009. Winner with the project BIOMASFOR of “Bando per progetti di ricerca scientifica e applicata per lo sviluppo delle conoscenze e l’innovazione delle metodologie nell’ambito delle energie rinnovabili e dello sviluppo sostenibile” – Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto.
2007. Winner of the call “Progetti Speciali PAT-CRS 2007” with the project entitled “Combined use of supercritical CO2 and ethanol to recover valuable compounds from residues by the food-processing industry and from officinal plants”.
2000. Winner of the Doctoral position in the Doctoral School in Chemical and Process Engineering at the Faculty of Genoa.
1997. Winner of an Erasmus scholarship to spend six months at the Imperial College of London.