Federico Aulenta, Ricercatore

email aulenta AT irsa.cnr.it
Address Via Salaria km 29,300
C.P. 10
00015 Monterotondo St. (RM)
Telephone +39 06 90672751
Fax +39 06 90672787

Research Topics
  • Anaerobic and aerobic bioremediation of chlorinated hydrocarbons with main reference to:
    • Unraveling the environmental factors affecting rate and extent of contaminants transformation in natural or engineered systems
    • Identification of metabolic pathways, general categories of microorganisms involved, syntrophic associations in mixed cultures
    • Kinetic modeling, process engineering
  • Electrochemical stimulation, monitoring, and control of microbial processes, with main reference to:
    • Use of solid-state electrodes as electron donors in anaerobic respirations (e.g., reductive dechlorination of chlorinated pollutants)
    • Enhancement of extracellular electron transfer reactions by using natural or artificial redox shuttling compounds
    • Development and characterization of modified electrodes for biotechnological applications
    • Bioelectrochemical systems for simultaneous wastewater treatment and generation of value-added products
Research activities / Ongoing Projects

MinoTaurus “Microorganism and enzyme Immobilization: NOvel Techniques and Approaches for Upgraded Remediation of Underground-, wastewater and Soil” (2011-2013) (Grant Agreement no: 265946): Development of an electrochemically-assisted microbial dechlorination process

Member of the Editorial Board of Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology (Springer); Process Biochemistry (Elsevier); New Biotechnology (Elsevier)

Recent Publications
  • Aulenta F., Tocca L., Verdini R., Reale P., Majone M. (2011) Dechlorination of trichloroethene in a continuous-flow bioelectrochemical reactor: effect of cathode potential on rate, selectivity, and electron transfer mechanisms Environ Sci Technol 45(19) 8444-8451
  • Villano M., Monaco G., Aulenta F., Majone M. (2011) Electrochemically-assisted methane production in a biofilm reactor J Power Sources 196(22) 9467-9472
  • Villano M., De Bonis L., Rossetti S., Aulenta F., Majone M. (2011) Bioelectrochemical hydrogen production with hydrogenophilic dechlorinating bacteria as electrocatalytic agents Bioresour Technol 102(3) 3193-3199
  • Aulenta F., Ferri T., Nicastro D., Majone M., Petrangeli Papini M. (2011) Improved electrical wiring of microbes: anthraquinone-modified electrodes for biosensing of chlorinated hydrocarbons N Biotechnol
  • Rosenbaum M., Aulenta F., Villano M., Angenent L.T. (2011) Cathodes as electron donors for microbial metabolism: which extracellular electron transfer mechanisms are involved? Bioresour Technol 102(1) 324-333
  • Majone M., Aulenta F., Dionisi D., D’Addario E.N., Sbardellati R., Bolzonella D., Beccari M. (2010) High-rate anaerobic treatment of Fischer-Tropsch wastewater in a packed-bed biofilm reactor Water Res 44(9) 2745-2752
  • Villano M., Aulenta F., Ciucci C., Ferri T., Giuliano A., Majone M. (2010) Bioelectrochemical reduction of CO2 to CH4 via direct and indirect extracellular electron transfer by a hydrogenophilic methanogenic culture Biores Technol 101(9) 3085-3090
  • Aulenta F., Reale P., Canosa A., Rossetti S., Panero S., Majone M. (2010) Characterization of an electro-active biocathode capable of dechlorinating trichloroethene and cis-dichloroethene to ethene Biosens Bioelectron 25(7) 1796-1802