• A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, A, 22025

    2450 København SV

    Denmark

20082018
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I have about 15 years of experience in Fermentation technologies and Eco-Engineering of microbial consortia for the conversion of waste streams into biofuels, green chemicals and biopolymers, following a Biorefinery concept.My overall research interest is within the development of Defined Mixed Consortia and Process Optimization.  More in particular, I have a strong focus on the valorisation of crude glycerol into value-added products (i.e. biohydrogen, polyols, bioplastics), as well the biodegradation of recalcitrant compounds such as pesticides and plastics.

 

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES:

06/2015-10/2017        Post-doc in Fermentation Biotechnology at the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department, Center for Bioprocess Engineering, DTU.

01/2014-06/2015        Post-doc in Fermentation Biotechnology at the Section for Sustainable Biotechnology, Aalborg University of Copenhagen.

08/2013-07/2014        Sapienza University Research Fellowship: “Experimental assessment of a bioelectrochemical process for nitrogen removal from anaerobic digestion residues and agro-zootechnical sluges”. Lab of Technology and Applied Chemistry for Environment protection. Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Materials and Environment. Rome

02-06/2013                 Temporary employment at InBio Consortium for Innovation and Bioeconomy (ENEA Spin Off Incubator)

08/2012-01/2013        ENEA External Collaborator for the preparation of EU project proposals and bilateral agreements

06/2010 – 07/2012     ENEA Research Fellowship for the ItalianNational Project “MAREA”: Realization of a two-stage pilot-scale prototype for the production of hydrogen and methane from agricultural wastes

04/2009-04/2011        Visiting Researcher at the Harbin Institute of Technology, for the EU Science and Technology Fellowship Programme China (STF), supported by the FP7, including 6 months language and intercultural training organized by the EU Delegation to China.

10/2006 – 06/2010     ENEA Research Fellowship: “Biogeochemical methods and characterization of organic matter”. National Project: “Innovative systems for hydrogen production

08-09/2006                 Research Internship at ENEA (lab of Environm. Biotech) for the FISR ItalianNational Project: “Innovative systems for hydrogen production

05– 07/2006                Temporary employment at Ylichron (ENEA Spin-Off Company): research project “Multivariate Data Analysis on DGGE profiles of marine sediment samples

05/2004 – 05/2006      ENEA post-graduate Research Scholarship: “Methods for the classification of the chemical and ecological quality state of waters; Subproject: "The use of sediments for assessing transition water quality: correlation between physical, chemical and biological tests"

 

Awards

06/2013                       Best ProjectAward at the Sahyog Summerschool (FP7 project) “for the best Biomass-to-bioenergy/bioproducts project proposal”. 9-16 June 2013, Bioresource Technology Unit of the National Technical University of Athens.

06/2012                       Young researcher Award at the 20th EU Biomass Conference 2012, in recognition of the “high level of achievement and contribution to his field of research”. 

06/2010                       Awarded with the “Distinguished International Students Scholarship” by the China Scholarship Council of the Ministry of Education of P. R. China (MOE).

 

Patents                      Crude glycerol fermenting process for the production of ethanol and hydrogen; Inventor: Cristiano Varrone. Patent application number: RM2011A000480; Applying data: 13/09/2011. IPC INV.C12P1/04,C12P3/00, C12P7/08 C12P7/14,C12N1/00,C12N1/36. Link: http://brevetti.enea.it/tabella.php; (ENEA Patent Nr. 735). International application no. PCT/IT 2012/000281, date 12/09/2012, published the 21/03/2013 (WO2013/038435).

 

MANAGEMENT  EXPERIENCE

- Appointed HSE Responsible for lab safety and risk assessments

- Project leader of an EUopSTART Grant by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science for the project proposal "Process intensification and upscale of combined hydrogen and ethanol production from biodiesel-derived glycerol".

- Member of the Advisory Board and Quality Assurance Committee of a large European PF7 Cooperation KBBE 2013 project with 15 partners, about the valorisation of crude glycerol into value-added products: “GRAIL - Glycerol bioRefiney Approach for the production of high quality products of Industrial value”.

- Scientific Coordinator of WP2 (Glycerol-to-Biofuels) of GRAIL, in support of the WP leader.

- Project leader of the China-Italy bilateral agreement 2013-2015, for the project: Optimized bioconversion of crude glycerol into hydrogen and ethanol using Geo-Chip and coupling with MEC.

- Member of the Advisory Board of Ce.R.T.A, the Italian Regional Centres for Agri-Technology (www.certa.it), for the promotion of new business activities of high scientific and technological content in South Italy.

- Responsible of the FP7-funded EuropAid project on “Linking hydrogen and biodiesel production: anaerobic fermentation of glycerol”. (Cont. No. EuropeAid/127024/L/ACT/CN, STF/40).

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES/EXPERIENCES

 - Evaluator of EU H2020 proposals

- Executive Board Member (Research Director) of NESSE: Network of Early-Career Sustainable Scientists & Engineers. http://www.sustainablescientists.org.

- Member of the European Enterprise Network: Bioconversion of biodiesel-derived crude glycerol into hydrogen and ethanol (12 IT 56Z7 3PF3). http://portal.enterprise-europenetwork.ec.europa.eu/services/ technology-transfer.

- Invited Expert at the Workshop for the German National Innovation Programme NIP, organized by the German National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells NOW and the German National Biomass Research Center DBFZ; September 21, 2011; Berlin.

- Invited Expert for a course on the topic “glycerol bioconversion technologies” at the University of Valparaiso and member ofthe MSc Eng Thesis Dissertation Evaluation Committee.

- Supervision of Master and PhD students, ENEA Interns, and Chairperson of PhD Defence at DTU.

- Lecturer at the Sino-Italian Sustainable Development Community (www.sdcommunity.org/cb-mandatory/ userprofile/varrone_cristiano), for the advanced training programme on Sustainable Development of the Italian Ministry IMELS.

- Lecturer at the Italian Confederation of Agriculture (CIA) for the post-graduate training courses on Anaerobic Digestion management.

- Chairman of the session Biomass and biological hydrogen productionat the International Conference on Hydrogen Production (ICH2P-11), Thessaloniki, Greece. 19-22 June 2011.

 

LIST OF PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Progetto APAT– Methods for the classification of the chemical and ecological quality state of waters for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive 2060; Subproject: "The use of sediments for assessing transition water quality: correlation between physical, chemical and biological tests" – Italian Ministry of Environment
  • IDROBIO – Innovative systems for hydrogen production from organic sources – Integrated Special Fund for Research FISR
  • METISOL – Bioproduction of hythane (H2 and CHmixture) for motor vehicles supply – funded by the Italian Ministry of Environment
  • MAREA  –  Valorization of livestock manure, realization of a two-stage pilot scale prototype for the production of hydrogen coupled with methane – project funded by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture
  • ADP – Enhanced biogas production from organic waste and substrate degradation by optimization of hydrogen production phase –Program Agreement between the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and ENEA
  • STF China – Linking hydrogen and biodiesel production: anaerobic fermentation of glycerol– EU FP7-funded EuropAid project ( Cont. No. EuropeAid/127024/L/ACT/CN, STF/40)
  • China-Italy bilateral agreement 2013-2015 – Optimized bioconversion of crude glycerol into hydrogen and ethanol using Geo-Chip and coupling with MEC – Financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (project code CN13MO8)
  • GRAIL – Glycerol bioRefiney Approach for the production of high quality products of Industrial value – EU FP7 funded Cooperation KBBE 2013 (November 2013- November 2017)

 

SCIENTIFIC FOCUS AREAS

1) Fermentation Technologies
2) Eco-engineering of Mixed Microbial Cultures
3) Glycerol Biorefinery
4) Second Generation Biofuels and Green Chemicals
5) Statistical optimization of process parameters
6) Biodegradation of plastics and pesticides

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Engineering and Sciences, PhD, Harbin Institute of Technology

Sep 201019 Jan 2015

Natural Sciences, Master of Sciences, University of Rome La Sapienza

19972003

Keywords

  • Chemistry and Bioscience
  • Fermentation technology
  • Biofuels
  • Green Chemicals
  • Bioremediation

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Glycerol Engineering & Materials Science
Fermentation Engineering & Materials Science
Hydrogen production Engineering & Materials Science
fermentation Earth & Environmental Sciences
Substrates Engineering & Materials Science
Volatile fatty acids Engineering & Materials Science
Sewage Medicine & Life Sciences
Electrolysis Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2008 2018

15 Citations (Scopus)

Combined polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) and 1,3-propanediol production from crude glycerol: Selective conversion of volatile fatty acids into PHA by mixed microbial consortia

Burniol-Figols, A., Varrone, C., Le, S. B., Daugaard, A. E., Skiadas, I. V. & Gavala, H. N., 1 Jun 2018, In : Water Research. 136, p. 180-191 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Volatile fatty acids
Glycerol
Fermentation
fermentation
Byproducts
155 Downloads (Pure)

Effect of hydraulic retention time on the modelling and optimization of joint 1,3 PDO and BuA production from 2G glycerol in a chemostat process

Varrone, C., Skiadas, I. & Gavala, H. N., 12 Apr 2018, In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 347, p. 525-534 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Chemostats
Butyric acid
Butyric Acid
Glycerol
Joints
1 Citation (Scopus)

Efficient biorefinery of waste activated sludge and vinegar residue into volatile fatty acids: Effect of feedstock conditioning on performance and microbiology

Zhou, A., Liu, Z., Varrone, C., Luan, Y., Liu, W., Wang, A. & Yue, X., 8 Jun 2018, In : Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology. 4, 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

microbiology
conditioning
activated sludge
fatty acid
digestion
11 Citations (Scopus)

Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) production from fermented crude glycerol: Study on the conversion of 1,3-propanediol to PHA in mixed microbial consortia

Burniol-Figols, A., Varrone, C., Daugaard, A. E., Le, S. B., Skiadas, I. V. & Gavala, H. N., 2018, In : Water Research. 128, p. 255-266 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Glycerol
Nitrogen
nitrogen
substrate
Effluents
13 Citations (Scopus)

Continuous fermentation and kinetic experiments for the conversion of crude glycerol derived from second-generation biodiesel into 1,3 propanediol and butyric acid

Varrone, C., Floriotis, G., Heggeset, T. M. B., Le, S. B., Markussen, S., Skiadas, I. V. & Gavala, H. N., 15 Dec 2017, In : Biochemical Engineering Journal. 128, p. 149-161 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Enzyme kinetics
Butyric acid
Butyric Acid
Biofuels
Biodiesel