Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo

Contact details

Room: 9 West 3.12
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 385574
EmailM.di.Lorenzo@bath.ac.uk

Personal website Google Scholar

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying;

  • Microfluidics
  • Nanostructured bioelectrodes
  • Fuel cells and biofuel cells 
  • Bio- microelectromechanic systems (bioMEMS)

Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo

MEng, PhD, FHEA

Profile

Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo graduated from the Federico II University of Napoli in 2003. Here, and at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald, she went on to gain a PhD in Industrial Biotechnology. Mirella has subsequently worked in research and post-doc positions at Newcastle University and the National Nanotechnology Laboratory of Lecce before joining the University of Bath as a Lecturer in July 2011. She is currently Director of Postgraduate Studies for the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Research

Biofuel cells (BFCs) are a particular type of fuel cells in which the conversion of the organic substrates into electricity is catalyzed by enzymes, which can be within an organism (microbial fuel cells, MFC), or alone (enzymatic biofuel cells, EBFC). In the high demand for miniature and sustainable electrical power sources, Dr Di Lorenzo’s research aims to micro machine the biofuel cell technology.

Mirella's goal is to promote the practical use of micro biofuel cells as potential power source for a number of biomedical accessories, including cardiac pacemaker, neurostimulators, hearing and vision devices, drug pumps, glucose sensors, bladder-control valves, and as biosensor for wastewaters.

This research has a multidisciplinary nature. It fuses together biotechnology aspects, fuel cell techniques, fabrication of enzymatic nanostructurated electrodes, microfluidics knowledge and micromachining techniques.

Teaching

  • Biology and bio-processes
  • Chemical engineering skills and practice 1
  • Molecular and cellular biochemical engineering
  • Advanced biochemical engineering
  • First year design project.

Publications

Book Sections

Di Lorenzo, M., 2015. Use of microbial fuel cells in sensors. In: Scott, K. and Hao Yu, E., eds. Microbial Electrochemical and Fuel Cells. Cambridge, U. K.: Woodhead Publishing, pp. 341-356. (Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy)

Articles

Du Toit, H., Rashidi, R. B., Ferdani, D. W., Delgado-Charro, M. B., Sangan, C. M. and Di Lorenzo, M., 2016. Generating power from transdermal extracts using a multi-electrode miniature enzymatic fuel cell. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 78, pp. 411-417.

Chouler, J., Padgett, G. A., Cameron, P. J., Preuss, K., Titirici, M.-M., Ieropoulos, I. and Di Lorenzo, M., 2016. Towards effective small scale microbial fuel cells for energy generation from urine. Electrochimica Acta, 192, pp. 89-98.

Bhalla, N., Formisano, N., Miodek, A., Jain, A., Di Lorenzo, M., Pula, G. and Estrela, P., 2015. Plasmonic ruler on field-effect devices for kinase drug discovery applications. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 71, pp. 121-128.

Chouler, J. and Di Lorenzo, M., 2015. Water quality monitoring in developing countries; can microbial fuel cells be the answer? Biosensors, 5 (3), pp. 450-470.

Formisano, N., Bhalla, N., Wong, L. C. C., Di Lorenzo, M., Pula, G. and Estrela, P., 2015. Multimodal electrochemical and nanoplasmonic biosensors using ferrocene crowned nanoparticles for kinase drug discovery applications. Electrochemistry Communications, 57, pp. 70-73.

Du Toit, H. and Di Lorenzo, M., 2015. Continuous power generation from glucose with two different miniature flow-through enzymatic biofuel cells. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 69, pp. 199-205.

Bhalla, N., Di Lorenzo, M., Pula, G. and Estrela, P., 2015. Protein phosphorylation detection using dual-mode field-effect devices and nanoplasmonic sensors. Scientific Reports, 5, 8687.

Di Lorenzo, M., Thomson, A. R., Schneider, K., Cameron, P. J. and Ieropoulosc, I., 2014. A small-scale air-cathode microbial fuel cell for on-line monitoring of water quality. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 62, pp. 182-188.

Du Toit, H. and Di Lorenzo, M., 2014. Glucose oxidase directly immobilized onto highly porous gold electrodes for sensing and fuel cell applications. Electrochimica Acta, 138, pp. 86-92.

Bhalla, N., Di Lorenzo, M., Pula, G. and Estrela, P., 2014. Protein phosphorylation analysis based on proton release detection:potential tools for drug discovery. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 54, pp. 109-114.

Du Toit, H. and Di Lorenzo, M., 2014. Electrodeposited highly porous gold microelectrodes for the direct electrocatalytic oxidation of aqueous glucose. Sensors and Actuators B-Chemical, 192, pp. 725-729.

Sciancalepore, A. G., Sallustio, F., Girardo, S., Passione, L. G., Camposeo, A., Mele, E., Di Lorenzo, M., Costantino, V., Schena, F. P. and Pisignano, D., 2014. A bioartificial renal tubule device embedding human renal stem/progenitor cells. PLoS ONE, 9 (1), e87496.

Di Lorenzo, M., Scott, K., Curtis, T. P. and Head, I. M., 2010. Effect of increasing anode surface area on the performance of a single chamber microbial fuel cell. Chemical Engineering Journal, 156 (1), pp. 40-48.

Di Lorenzo, M., Scott, K., Curtis, T. P., Katuri, K. P. and Head, I. M., 2009. Continuous feed microbial fuel cell using an air cathode and a disc anode stack for wastewater treatment. Energy & Fuels, 23 (11), pp. 5707-5716.

Di Lorenzo, M., Curtis, T. P., Head, I. M. and Scott, K., 2009. A single-chamber microbial fuel cell as a biosensor for wastewaters. Water Research, 43 (13), pp. 3145-3154.

Di Lorenzo, M., Curtis, T. P., Head, I. M., Velasquez-Orta, S. B. and Scott, K., 2009. A single chamber packed bed microbial fuel cell biosensor for measuring organic content of wastewater. Water Science & Technology, 60 (11), pp. 2879-2887.

Di Lorenzo, M., Hidalgo, A., Molina, R., Hermoso, J. A., Pirozzi, D. and Bornscheuer, U. T., 2007. Enhancement of the Stability of a Prolipase from Rhizopus oryzae toward Aldehydes by Saturation Mutagenesis. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 73 (22), pp. 7291-7299.

Di Lorenzo, M., Hidalgo, A., Haas, M. and Bornscheuer, U. T., 2005. Heterologous Production of Functional Forms of Rhizopus oryzae Lipase in Escherichia coli. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 71 (12), pp. 8974-8977.

Conference or Workshop Items

Bhalla, N., Pathak, S., Bowen, C., Taylor, J., Di Lorenzo, M., Pula, G. and Estrela, P., 2015. Field-effect devices for kinase drug discovery. In: 4th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology, 2015-05-10 - 2015-05-13.

Bhalla, N., Formisano, N., Miodek, A., Di Lorenzo, M., Pula, G. and Estrela, P., 2015. Integrated nanoplasmonic and field-effect devices for kinase drug discovery. In: 2nd International Conference on Label-Free Technologies, 2015-03-12 - 2015-03-14.

Bhalla, N., Formisano, N., Miodek, A., Di Lorenzo, M., Pula, G. and Estrela, P., 2015. Integrated nanoplasmonic and field-effect sensing for kinase drug discovery applications. In: 2nd International Conference on Label-Free Technologies, 2015-03-12 - 2015-03-14.

Bradley, S., Di Lorenzo, M. and Kasprzyk-Hordern, B., 2014. Microbial Fuel Cells as On-Line Biosensors for Pharmaceuticals in Wastewater. In: Sensors in the Environment 2014, 2014-11-15 - 2014-11-16.

Bhalla, N., Di Lorenzo, M., Pula, G. and Estrela, P., 2014. Novel tools for protein phosphorylation analysis based on proton release detection. In: 24th Anniversary World Congress on Biosensors, 2014-05-27 - 2014-05-30.

Christgen, B., Roche, I., Di Lorenzo, M., Scott, K. and Curtis, T. P., 2008. Advances in Microbial Fuel Cells through Cathode, Anode and Membrane Development. In: Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 2008-10-07 - 2008-10-08.

Di Lorenzo, M., Curtis, T. P. and Scott, K., 2008. Development of a single chamber microbial fuel cell as biosensor of the organic content in wastewaters. In: Workshop on Biological Fuel Cells, 2008-07-23 - 2008-07-25.

Di Lorenzo, M., Curtis, T. P. and Scott, K., 2008. Development of a single chamber microbial fuel cell as BOD sensor. In: Microbial Fuel Cell First International Symposium, 2008-05-19 - 2008-05-27.

Di Lorenzo, M., Velasquez-Orta, S., Christgen, B., Scott, K. and Curtis, T. P., 2008. Performance of the anode compartment when treating complex wastewaters. In: Microbial Fuel Cell First International Symposium, 2008-05-19 - 2008-05-27.

Di Lorenzo, M., Hidalgo, A., Pirozzi, D., Greco, G. and Bornscheuer, U. T., 2006. Stabilization of lipase from Rhizopus oryzae in the presence of commercial triglycerides. In: Third International Congress on Biocatalysis, Biocat 2006, 2006-09-03 - 2006-09-07.

Di Lorenzo, M., Pirozzi, D. and Greco, G., 2006. Lipases in the oleochemical industry. In: 17th International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering, 2006-08-27 - 2006-08-31.

Di Lorenzo, M., Hidalgo, A., Pirozzi, D., Greco, G. and Bornscheuer, U. T., 2006. Stabilization of lipase from Rhizopus oryzae in the presence of commercial triglycerides. In: Symposium on Protein Design and Evolution for Byocatalysis, 2006-08-30 - 2006-09-01.

Di Lorenzo, M., Hidalgo, A., Pirozzi, D., Greco, G., Haas, M. J. and Bornscheuer, U. T., 2005. Active expression of lipase forms from Rhizopus delemar in E. coli. In: BioPerspectives 2005, 2005-05-10 - 2005-05-12.

Di Lorenzo, M., Pirozzi, D., Greco, G. and Hidalgo, A., 2005. Stabilization of a lipase from Rhizopus delemar in the presence of commercial triglycerides. In: BioPerspectives 2005, 2005-05-10 - 2005-05-12.

Non-academic press

Pula, G., Estrela, P., Bhalla, N. and Di Lorenzo, M., 2015. Platform for Change. Innovations in Pharmaceutical Technology

Estrela, P., Bhalla, N., Di Lorenzo, M. and Pula, G., 2015. Researchers develop platform to aid kinase drug discovery. Pharmaceutical Journal

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