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Senior Post Doc

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Center for Sustainable Future Technologies

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About

Tonia Tommasi, M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering and PhD in Chemical Engineering both obtained at the Politecnico di Torino. Actually she is a senior Post Doc at the Center for Space Human Robotics of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, located in Torino (Italy), working on electricity generation by microbial fuel cells. She has a great passion about the fascinating world of microorganisms, and in particular their strategies to naturally solve environmental and today energy problems. Her research interests focus on energy production from bio-waste, sustainability analysis of bioprocesses, biological hydrogen production and waste-water treatments. Moreover, she pays specific attention to the spread of the scientific knowledge proposing research-communication activities, both through divulgation laboratories and interviews on national mass media scientific programs (e.g. Geo Scienza: http://www.rai.tv/dl/RaiTV/programmi/media/ContentItem-cfc8e0f6-763f-4f76-9dd4-46832498a460.html)

Projects

New Catalytic Materials for Innovative Cathodes in Microbial Fuel Cells for Long-Term Energy Production in Marine Systems. Principal Investigators:Marzia Quaglio and Tonia Tommasi

Selected Publications

Book: BioH2 & BioCH4 through Anaerobic Digestion: From Research to Full-scale Applications. B.Ruggeri, T.Tommasi, S. SanfilippoSeries: Green Energy and Technology; Editor: Springer, 2015 ISBN 978-1-4471-6430-2

 
On the pretreatment of municipal organic waste (MOW) towards fuel production: a reviewB.Ruggeri, M. Bernardi, T.Tommasi International Journal of  Environment and Pollution, Vol. 49, No. 3/4, 2012

Efficiency and efficacy of pre-treatment and bioreaction for bio-H2 energy production from organic waste- B.Ruggeri and T.Tommasi International Journal of Hydrogen Energy; Vol.37, 6491-6502 (2012)

On energy sustainability of dark anaerobic fermentation of biohydrogen- Tonia Tommasi, Bernardo Ruggeri and Sara Sanfilippo- Journal of Cleaner Production; Vol. 37, 6491-6502 (2012)

PhD Thesis: Anaerobic Biohydrogen Production: Experimental evaluation of design bioreactor parameters for dark biohydrogen production using organic wastes, Tonia Tommasi- LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (May 1, 2011), Saarbrücken, Germany

On energy sustainability of dark anaerobic fermentation of biohydrogen, T.Tommasi, B.Ruggeri and S.Sanfilippo,(2011),Chemical Engineering Transactions, 25, 1073-1078 DOI: 10.3303/CET1125179

Process energy sustainability evaluation through a LCA approach- B.Ruggeri, S.Sanfilippo, T.Tommasi and D. Fino,(2011), Chemical Engineering Transactions, 25, 629-634 DOI: 10.3303/CET1125105

Energy balance of dark anaerobic fermentation as a tool for sustainability analysis- B. Ruggeri; T. Tommasi; G. Sassi (2010) - INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, vol. 35, pp. 10202-10211. - ISSN 0360-3199

Verso le biorefinery: il  pre-trattamento delle  biomasse- M. Bernardi, T. Tommasi, B. Ruggeri- Periodico tecnico scientifico “L’ambiente” - Ranieri editore First Part L ’Ambiente N° 6 (14-19), 2009, Second Part L’Ambiente, N° 7, 2010

Experimental Kinetics and Dynamics of Hydrogen Production on Glucose by hydrogen forming bacteria (HFB) culture- B.Ruggeri, T.Tommasi, G.Sassi- International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 34 (2009) pp.753-763

Acid pre-treatment of sewage anaerobic sludge to increase hydrogen producing bacteria HPB: effectiveness and reproducibility- T. Tommasi, G. Sassi  and B. Ruggeri -Water Science and Technology, Vol. 58 (8) pp. 1623-1628, 2008

 Produzione di H2 da fermentazione anaerobica di biomasse- A. Macrì, P. Zitella, T. Tommasi, B.Ruggeri- Periodico tecnico scientifico “L’ambiente”, Ranieri editore. First Part,  L’Ambiente No 13, vol.6, (8-18),2006 Second part: L’Ambiente  vol. 1, (25-36), 2007.

Awards

Second Prize at the National Contest: Best Experience in Science Trasfer" with the activity "Energy production by Microbial Fuel Cells" held during the Researchers' Night in Turin. 

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L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.