Carlo Pirola


Assistant professor of Industrial Chemistry at DC UNIMI

Expertise: Heterogeneous catalysis, Photocatalysis, Sonochemistry, Separation Processes, Plant Simulations

Carlo Pirola (CP) graduated in Industrial Chemistry in 2000 with a thesis concerning the purification of water by the combined action of ultrasound and photocatalysis. In 2001 he began to work as technician at the Department of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry. From 2005 to 2008 goes on leave to achieve a PhD in Industrial Chemistry with a thesis concerning the synthesis of Fischer-Tropsch, developing a series of new supported catalysts with high iron loading . In 2011 he became researcher (scientific field ING-IND/25, chemical plants).

As technician he worked using various analytical instruments (gas chromatography, HPLC, gasmass, UV spectrophotometers, etc..) and performing different characterization of solids (BET, TPR, TGA, chemisorption). Moreover he made different experiments in laboratory (water purification and air, biodiesel production, synthesis of Fischer-Tropsch, plants for the study of equilibrium vapor and liquid separation, etc..). With regard to educational activities during this period, we report the preparation and implementation assistance in the lab course “Processes and Industrial Chemistry I / Lab” for the degree course in Industrial Chemistry from the academic 1999/2000 to date a total of 12 courses followed in the next several academic years. Since 2011 this same laboratory has been assigned to CP as a teacher in charge, being passed from technician to researcher.

CP always collaborated with various Companies for consultancy and research contracts of various kinds (air purification through catalytic combustion of VOC, the separation of acetic acid-water mixture by azeotropic distillation, deacidification of oils acids to be destined to biodiesel production, development of building tiles with photocatalytic properties, etc.).

His current main research interests concerns: heterogeneous catalysis applied to the production of biofuels (synthetic Fischer-Trospch and biodiesel), photocatalysis, processeses of purification of air and water through photocatalysis and sonochemistry, separation processes (rectification, absorption processes membrane liquid-liquid extraction). Since 2001, CP was tutor or co-tutor of about 90 thesis or internship for Degrees in Industrial Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry and Applied Chemistry.

The teaching of CP include courses “Laboratory of Chemical Processes and Plants” and “Chemical Processes and Scale Up” for course of Bachelor in Industrial Chemistry.

CP is involved in numerous national and international collaborations on all research topics.

Carlo Pirola is the author of 60 papers in international journals, about 1000 conferences and interventions in international congress and meeting, 1 patent and 11 contributions by volume. It also provides activities for the following refereed journals: Environ. Sci and Technol., Ultrasonics Sonochem., J. Hazardous Mat., Energy & Fuel, J. Braz. Chem. Soc, J. Molech. Catal. A, J. Taiwan Int Chem. Eng, Acta Chemica Slovenica, J. Chem. Mat. Science, Ind. Eng Chem. res., J. Ind. Eng Chem., J. Zhejang Univ Sci, Chem. Eng. J.


1). C. Pirola, C. L. Bianchi, S. Gatto, S. Ardizzone, G. Cappelletti, Pressurized photo-reactor for the degradation of the scarcely biodegradable DPC cationic surfactant in water, Chemical Engineering Journal 225(2013) 416.

2). C.L. Bianchi, C. Pirola, V. Crocellà, P. Cerrato, A. Di Michele, A. Naldoni, V. Capucci, Photocatalytic degradation of acetone, acetaldehyde and toluene in gas-phase: comparison between nano and micro-sized TiO2, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, (2013) DOI 10.1016/j.apcatb.2013.02.047

3). C.L.Bianchi, C. Pirola, S. Gatto, S. Vitali, M. Scavini, Micro-TiO2 As A Starting Material For New Photocatalytic Tiles, Cement and Concrete Composites, 36 (2013) 116.

4). C. L. Bianchi, C. Pirola, S. Gatto, S. Nucci, A. Minguzzi, G. Cerrato, S. Biella and V. Capucci, New surface properties in porcelain gres tiles with a look to human and environmental safet”, Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, vol. 2012, Article ID 970182, 8 pages, 2012.

5). A. Naldoni, C.L. Bianchi, C. Pirola, K.S. Suslick, Porous TiO2 microspheres with tunable properties for photocatalytic air purification Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 20(2013) 445.

6). V. Ragaini, C. Pirola, S. Borrelli, C. Ferrari, I. Longo, Simultaneous Ultrasound and Microwave New Reactor: Detailed Description and Energetic Considerations Ultrasonics Sonochemistry 19 (2012) 872.

7). C.L. Bianchi, C. Pirola, E.Selli, S. Biella, Photocatalytic NOx abatement: the role of the material supporting the TiO2 active layer, J. Haz Materials 211-212 (2012) 203.

8). C. Pirola, D.C. Boffito, S. Vitali, C.L.Bianchi, Photocatalytic coating for building industry: study of 1 year of activity in the NOx degradation, J. Coat. Technol. Res 9 (2012) 453.

9). G. Cappelletti, F. Spadavecchia, S. Ardizzone, I. Biraghi, C.L. Bianchi, C. Pirola, Bisphenol A endocrine disruptorcomplete degradation using TiO2 photocatalysis with ozone, Environmental Chemistry Letters, 10 (2012) 55.

10). C. L. Bianchi, G. Cappelletti, S. Ardizzone, S. Gialanella, A. Naldoni, C. Oliva, C. Pirola, N-doped TiO2 from TiCl3 for photodegradation of air pollutants, Catal. Today 144 (1-2) (2009) 31.