Dr Carlo Santoro

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

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Carlo Santoro got his B.S. (2006) and M.S. (2008) in Environmental Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) working on transport phenomena in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells. He earned his PhD in 2013 inEnvironmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut (USA) working on novel materials for Microbial Fuel Cells. After his PhD, he moved to the University of New Mexico (USA)in the Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering working on: i) bacteria attachment of different surfaces and biofilm formation; ii) enzymes for the reduction of oxygen and for biosensing; iii) synthesis of carbonaceous materials as support for catalysis. In 2014, he moved to the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and he developed a biosensor capable of detecting VOCs. In 2015, he moved back to the University of New Mexico (USA) at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering where he did work on platinum-free catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), electrocatalysis in neutral media, integration of supercapacitors and bioelectrochemical systems. In 2016, he was promoted as Research Assistant Professor. In 2017, he became Associate Professor at the University of The West of England Bristol (UK), working on supercapacitive bioelectrochemical systems. In March 2020, he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (University of Manchester) in 2020 where now he is a Lecturer. He has been PI of a project “The development of air-breathing cathodes for BioElectrochemical Sanitation Technology (BEST) systems” sponsored by the J. Craig Venter Institute. He has been co-PI of: i) “BioElectrochemical Treatment System (BETS) to remove contaminants of emerging concern” sponsored by the USAMRMC (2015-2017), ii) “Efficient Microbial Bio-electrochemical Systems” sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gate (2015-2017), iii)“Biofilm evolution in microbial fuel cells fed Yeo Valley wastewater” sponsored by the National Biofilm Innovation Center. He is author of 88 peer-reviewed manuscripts (H-index=37, Scholar) and he presented over 95 contributions oral and poster presentations. His work will be dedicated to: i) utilisation of microbial fuel cells (MFCs) for removing organics/pollutants; ii) biochar functionalisation; iii) platinum group metal-free (PGM-free) catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR); iv) integration of supercapacitive features within bioelectrochemical systems.

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2013 - Doctor of Philosophy University of Connecticut
  • 2008 - Master of Science Politecnico di Milano
  • 2006 - Bachelor of Science Politecnico di Milano

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