Dr Carlo Santoro

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  • Qualifications:BSc (Politecnico di Milano), MSc (Politecnico di Milano), PhD (University of Connecticut)
  • Position:Associate Professor
  • Department:FET - Engineering, Design and Mathematics
  • Telephone:+4411732 85437
  • Email:Carlo.Santoro@uwe.ac.uk

About me

‚ÄčCarlo Santoro got his BSc and MSc in Environmental Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 2006 and 2008 respectively. His work was based on the study of transport phenomena in direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC). He then moved to the University of Connecticut (USA) in 2009 pursuing his PhD in Environmental Engineering in 2013. He studied: i) microbial fuel cell (MFC) for simultaneous wastewater treatment and electrical energy production; ii) development of novel nano and micro materials for enhancing anode oxidation reaction and cathode reduction reaction in MFCs. He moved to the Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico (USA) in 2013 for his first Post Doctorate. He studied the modification and chemical and morphological characterization of carbonaceous materials surface for anode and cathode in BES and chemical fuel cells. Moreover, he developed hybrid MFCs with microbial anode and enzymatic cathode and then he developed also an enzymatic biosensors. As second Post Doctoral experience, he worked as Research Fellow at the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU, Singapore) dealing with the development of a biosensor using electroactive E.Coli biofilm able to detect specific VOCs. In 2015, he moved back to the University of New Mexico, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Center Micro-Engineered Materials (CMEM), working on: i) the development of new low-cost platinum-free catalyst for efficient and durable oxygen reduction reaction at the cathode working at neutral pH; ii) combination of bio-electrochemical systems with internal super-capacitor for better recover power/energy and increase the wastewater treatment, producing hydrogen and water desalination;  c) pharmaceutical detection and removal utilizing only MFC or combined with existing technologies. In 2016, he became Research Assistant Professor. He has been successfully awarded by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (as CO-PI), by the J. Craig Venter Institute (as PI) and by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (as CO-PI) for a total amount of $683k. In 2013, he was awarded with the F.M. Becket Research Fellowship by the Electrochemical Society and in 2017 with the Carl Wagner Medal of Excellence in Electrochemical Engineering. Till now, he published 81 manuscripts on highly ranked international peer-reviewed journals in 9 years with Hindex of 32. At last, he contributed to over 90 oral and poster presentations in international conferences.

Area of expertise

Electrochemistry, Bio-electrochemistry, Bio-Energy,  Microbial Fuel Cells, Microbial Desalination Cell, Supercapacitor, Enzymatic Fuel Cells, Oxygen Reduction Reaction, Biosensors, Hybrid Systems.


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