The Centre for Sustainable Future Technologies (CSFT) located within the Environment Park in Turin has embraced sustainability in its mission statement and is engaged in the global scientific and technological endeavours to address the sustainability challenges, primarily the reduction of anthropogenic CO2 footprint and improved efficiency in the usage of alternative energy and feedstocks. To deliver sustainability-compliant technologies the Centre fosters alternate routes, which include the development of advanced materials for carbon capture and storage along with in-depth characterization of their properties at the structural, chemical, electrical, electrochemical, and mechanical levels. The equally appealing approach pursued by the Centre is based on the development of best-practice biology-based process technologies for carbon transformation into valuable specialty or everyday products. Based on diversified expertise, the Advanced Materials for Sustainable Future Technologies line and the Systems and Synthetic Biology create complementary and converging solutions to meet the demands for sustainability.
- Laboratory of systems and synthetic biology
- Laboratory of chemical synthesis
- Laboratory for microscopy-based characterization
The Advanced Materials for Sustainable Future Technologies research line is devoted to explore new energy conversion and storage methods, as well as to enforce the adoption of 3D printing for metals as a direct manufacturing process, thus enabling a cost- and resource-efficient production, and to apply a brand-new approach to cybernetic systems by means of smart colloids. The research line can count on fully equipped chemical laboratories for the chemical synthesis, and on facilities for the structural, morphological, chemical, electrochemical, electrical and mechanical characterization of materials. In addition, through the collaboration with external laboratories (Politecnico di Torino, Università degli Studi di Torino e del Piemonte Orientale), complementary techniques and facilities not present in the Centre are also available.
The Systems and Synthetic Biology research line couples the astoundingly wide diversity of biological systems with synthetic biology innovation and engineering capacity in order to foster resource-efficient, low-carbon and economically viable bioprocess solutions. Established on such principles, our group’s initiatives aim at accelerating bacterial cell factory development and at stabilizing the favourable phenotypes towards the target production. We are interested in developing biomolecular genetic and metabolic engineering tools and computational tools providing modular and predictable control of cellular processes to help solve bottlenecks in the design, analysis, robustness, and scalability of cell factories through the efficient integration of biocatalysts into bioreactors and the systematic process characterization. Initially, our work is focused on developing proof-of-concept for product-oriented approaches. However, our biotechnological solutions will gradually be deployed towards the development of commercially relevant cell factories.