Antonella Marone


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Address: Departament d'Enginyeria Química Escola d'Enginyeria (EE) Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
08193 - Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona)
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Research ID: P-9640-2016
Orcid: 0000-0002-3210-9030


I am an environmental biotechnologist and I have built my scientific career around the development of innovative bioprocesses devoted to agro-industrial waste/wastewater treatment for resource (energy and/or products) recovery.

Graduated Cum Laude in Biology/Ecology (Sapienza University of Rome, 2006), I started my research career at the Biomass and Bioenergy Laboratory of the Italian national agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable economic development, in Rome – Italy (ENEA) working, for more than five years (2008/13), on bioprocesses for energy production from agro-industrial waste and wastewater. During that period, I pursued a PhD program on ecology and management of biological resources (Tuscia University, 2012), with the thesis entitled “Bio-hydrogen production by self fermentation of vegetable waste: from screening of microbical diversity to bioaugmentation of indigenous fermentative communities”, mention “excellent”.

In 2013 I was awarded with an EU Marie Curie Fellow Grant (MC-IEF –326974) and I moved to the Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology of the National Institute of Agronomic Research, in Narbonne – France (LBE-INRA). The MC project “Waste2bioHy” lasted two years (2013-2015), it focused on combining dark fermentation and microbial electrolysis in a cascade two-step bioprocess for a complete exploitation of organic waste streams. Afterwards (2016-2017), I worked on a project on solid-state fermentation of agricultural residues at LBE.

Recently I was awarded with a Beatriu de Pinos fellowship to join the GENECOV research group at UAB whit the project “BioElectrolysis for the Refinery of Agro-industrial wastewater (BioERA)”.

The technical aim of BioERA is the development of a fully biological MEC for agro-industrial wastewater treatment and product recovery, combining anodic oxidising microbial community and reductive cathodic biofilm controlled by biological triggers.

My research activities in Environmental Biotechnology encompass all mixed-culture bioprocesses applied to treatment of solid and liquid waste and products recovery (renewable energy and chemicals): bioelectrochemical systems, fermentation, anaerobic digestion and implementation of different environmental technologies in a cascade process by designing biorefineries.

As a result of my research I’m author of 18 scientific papers including 11 articles Q1 and 4 book’s chapter and I’m author of 17 peer review proceedings papers and several scientific and technical reports. I’ve participated in a number of international (24) and national (3) conferences and I’ve visited several Laboratories in Europe, Asia and South America. I’m been actively involved in collaborative projects with many international laboratories and I have participated to the organization of international workshops and seminars.



  1. *, O. Ayala, A. Carmona, E. Latrille, JP Steyer, V. Alcaraz, N. Bernet, E. Trably. Coupling dark fermentation and microbial electrolysis to enhance biohydrogen production from agro-industrial wastewaters and by-products in a bio-refinery framework.IJHE 2017, 42 (3): 1609–1621. (cited 3)
  2. , E. Tapia, E. Trably , JP Steyer, G. Ruiz-Filippi. Microbial Ecology of fermentative hydrogen producing bioprocesses: useful insights for driving the ecosystem function. FEMS Microbiol Rev 2016, 42 (3): 1609–1621.
  3. 4., A. Carmona-Martinez, Y. Sire, E. Meudec, JP Steyer, N. Bernet, E. Trably Bioelectrochemical treatment of table olive brine processing wastewater for biogas production and phenolic compounds removal. Water Res. 2016,100: 316-325. (cited 4)
  4. , C. Varrone, F. Fiocchetti, B. Giussani, G. Izzo, L. Mentuccia, S. Rosa, A. Signorini.. Optimization of substrate composition for biohydrogen production from buffalo slurry co-fermented with cheese whey and crude glycerol, using microbial mixed culture. IJHE 2015, 40: 209-218.
  5. Á., J. Calabria de Araujo, C. Callejas, A. Galès, J. Hamelin, A. Marone, D. Z. Sousa, E. Trably, C. Etchebehere. How to use molecular biology tools for the study of anaerobic digestion process? Rev Environ Sci Bio 2015, 14: 555-593
  6. *, G. Izzo, G. Massini, C. Patriarca, S. Rosa, P. Paganin, C. Varrone, A. Signorini. Vegetable waste as substrate and source of suitable microflora for bio-hydrogen production. 2014, 68: 6-13.
  7. Statistical Optimization of Biohydrogen and Ethanol Production from Crude Glycerol by Microbial Mixed Culture. IJHE 2013; I 37 (21): 16479-16488.
  8. C Varrone, S Rosa, F Fiocchetti, B Giussani, G Izzo, G Massini, A Marone, Antonella Signorini, Aijie Wang. Enrichment of activated sludge for enhanced hydrogen production from crude glycerol. IJHE 2013; 38 (3): 1319-1331.
  9. *, G. Massini, C. Patriarca, A. Signorini, C. Varrone and G. Izzo. Hydrogen Production From Vegetable Waste By Bioaugmentation of Indigenous Fermentative Communities. IJHE 2012; 37(7): 5612-5622.



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