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Cristina Lavagnolo

Assistant Professor at the University of Padova since July 2002. She teaches ‘Environmental Sanitary Engineering’ and ‘Waste Management in Developing Countries’ modules.
She has cooperated in several research projects on wastewater treatments, leachate treatments on disposal and integrated management of solid wastes. In the last few years she has been mainly involved in a project regarding the decentralization of urban wastewater treatment plants and integrated solid-liquid management: wastewater reuse; phytodepuration of grey water and urine; anaerobic digestion of the solid waste organic fraction and brown water; hydrogen production from different organic wastes; phytodepuration by energy crops. Specifically involved in several solid waste and water management projects in Africa, she is the director of a Master on ‘Integrated management of water resources and environmental sanitation’ sponsored by the European Community and vice-director of the Master on ‘Technologies for the sustainable and intercultural management of wastes in African Countries’ held in Cameroun, at the ENSTP.


Bachelor Degree and Master of Science in Environmental Engineering at the University of Padova (IT), he is currently a Ph.D. candidate of the Department of Industrial Engineering (DII) of the same university.
His research activities aim to identify alternative, cost-effective treatments for municipal and industrial wastewaters, including landfill leachate.
During his master thesis, he proved that landfill leachate can be effectively phytoremediated by using sunflowers, soybean, rapseed and tobacco.


Francesca Girotto is currently a PhD student at the University of Padova (IT), Department of Industrial Engineering. She is researching on the topic of Food Waste Management.
She received her MSc Degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Padova (IT) in April 2014 with a thesis on “De-incineration of Adult Disposable Diapers”.
She was Visiting Student at Fukuoka University (JP) from September 2013 to March 2014 with a project on “Ammonia Removal in Wastewater by Calcium Polymer (Ca-P) from Disposable Diapers Recycling System”.