Dr. Carlo Santoro, PhD
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 in Environmental 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) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) along the entire pH spectra and integration of supercapacitors and bioelectrochemical systems. In 2016, he was promoted as Research Assistant Professor. In 2017, he became Associate Professor at UWE Bristol (UK). In 2020, he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (University of Manchester) in 2020 where he was a Lecturer. In 2021, he joined the Department of Materials Science at the University of Milano-Bicocca as tenure track Assistant Professor.
During his Post Doctoral Research period, 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 (2015-2016). 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 (2019).
He is currently Principal Investigator of:
1) a project sponsored by Program for young researchers “Rita Levi Montalcini” Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR): "Pyrolysis processes for valorizing waste biomass and plastic through transformation into platinum-free catalysts for oxygen reduction and hydrogen evolution" (2021-2023);
2) a project sponsored by the Cariplo Foundation: "Transformation of plastic waste in Electrocatalysts, Supported by exhausted gases recovery Layout" (TESLA) (2023-2025),
3) a bilateral project Italy-Israel funded by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI) "Development of Ultra-active platinum-free electrocatalysts for water electrolysis: Breaking the glass ceiling and fulfilling the potential of alkaline water electrolysis and AEMFCs" (WE-CAT) (2023-2024),
4) PNRR Agreement ENEA -Bicocca.
He is author of more than 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts (H-index=49, Scholar)
He presented over 110 contributions oral and poster presentations.
He served as Vice-Chair of Division 2 for the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) (terms 2021-2022). He is serving as Chair Elect of Division 2 of ISE (terms 2023-204).
His work is dedicated to electrocatalysis and bioelectrocatalysis for various electrochemical and bioelectrochemical reactions.