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Tonia Tommasi

Affiliated Researcher
Senior Post Doc

Research Line

Systems and Synthetic Biology


CSFT@PoliTo Torino


Corso Trento, 21
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Tonia Tommasi, M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering and PhD in Chemical Engineering both obtained at the Politecnico di Torino. Actually she is a senior Post Doc at the Center for Space Human Robotics of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, located in Torino (Italy), working on electricity generation by microbial fuel cells. She has a great passion about the fascinating world of microorganisms, and in particular their strategies to naturally solve environmental and today energy problems. Her research interests focus on energy production from bio-waste, sustainability analysis of bioprocesses, biological hydrogen production and waste-water treatments. Moreover, she pays specific attention to the spread of the scientific knowledge proposing research-communication activities, both through divulgation laboratories and interviews on national mass media scientific programs (e.g. Geo Scienza:


New Catalytic Materials for Innovative Cathodes in Microbial Fuel Cells for Long-Term Energy Production in Marine Systems. Principal Investigators:Marzia Quaglio and Tonia Tommasi

Selected Publications

Book: BioH2 & BioCH4 through Anaerobic Digestion: From Research to Full-scale Applications. B.Ruggeri, T.Tommasi, S. SanfilippoSeries: Green Energy and Technology; Editor: Springer, 2015 ISBN 978-1-4471-6430-2

On the pretreatment of municipal organic waste (MOW) towards fuel production: a reviewB.Ruggeri, M. Bernardi, T.Tommasi International Journal of  Environment and Pollution, Vol. 49, No. 3/4, 2012

Efficiency and efficacy of pre-treatment and bioreaction for bio-H2 energy production from organic waste- B.Ruggeri and T.Tommasi International Journal of Hydrogen Energy; Vol.37, 6491-6502 (2012)

On energy sustainability of dark anaerobic fermentation of biohydrogen- Tonia Tommasi, Bernardo Ruggeri and Sara Sanfilippo- Journal of Cleaner Production; Vol. 37, 6491-6502 (2012)

PhD Thesis: Anaerobic Biohydrogen Production: Experimental evaluation of design bioreactor parameters for dark biohydrogen production using organic wastes, Tonia Tommasi- LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (May 1, 2011), Saarbrücken, Germany

On energy sustainability of dark anaerobic fermentation of biohydrogen, T.Tommasi, B.Ruggeri and S.Sanfilippo,(2011),Chemical Engineering Transactions, 25, 1073-1078 DOI: 10.3303/CET1125179

Process energy sustainability evaluation through a LCA approach- B.Ruggeri, S.Sanfilippo, T.Tommasi and D. Fino,(2011), Chemical Engineering Transactions, 25, 629-634 DOI: 10.3303/CET1125105

Energy balance of dark anaerobic fermentation as a tool for sustainability analysis- B. Ruggeri; T. Tommasi; G. Sassi (2010) - INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, vol. 35, pp. 10202-10211. - ISSN 0360-3199

Verso le biorefinery: il  pre-trattamento delle  biomasse- M. Bernardi, T. Tommasi, B. Ruggeri- Periodico tecnico scientifico “L’ambiente” - Ranieri editore First Part L ’Ambiente N° 6 (14-19), 2009, Second Part L’Ambiente, N° 7, 2010

Experimental Kinetics and Dynamics of Hydrogen Production on Glucose by hydrogen forming bacteria (HFB) culture- B.Ruggeri, T.Tommasi, G.Sassi- International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 34 (2009) pp.753-763

Acid pre-treatment of sewage anaerobic sludge to increase hydrogen producing bacteria HPB: effectiveness and reproducibility- T. Tommasi, G. Sassi  and B. Ruggeri -Water Science and Technology, Vol. 58 (8) pp. 1623-1628, 2008

 Produzione di H2 da fermentazione anaerobica di biomasse- A. Macrì, P. Zitella, T. Tommasi, B.Ruggeri- Periodico tecnico scientifico “L’ambiente”, Ranieri editore. First Part,  L’Ambiente No 13, vol.6, (8-18),2006 Second part: L’Ambiente  vol. 1, (25-36), 2007.


Second Prize at the National Contest: Best Experience in Science Trasfer" with the activity "Energy production by Microbial Fuel Cells" held during the Researchers' Night in Turin. 


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