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Dr Aimaro Sanna has been recently appointed as Assistant Professor in the Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (IMPEE), after successfully completing a 4 years Heriot-Watt Research Fellowship (2014-2017). Aimaro Sanna did is PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham working on catalytic processes towards the conversion of biomass in bio-fuels and bio-chemicals. He then became employed as Research Fellow at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham (2010-2012) working on clean fossil fuels technologies. From 2012 to 2014, he worked at the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, on clean fossil fuels technologies and on the development of new generation catalytic systems for understanding and controlling the chemical transformation of biomass-derived oxygenates to fuels. 

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Research interests

The Advanced Biofuels Lab research team is developing novel catalytic systems for the production of inexpensive renewable liquid fuel and commodity chemicals out of renewable products such as microalgae, wood and organic wastes, in collaboration with international researchers.

Also, the team is supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in developing alterative processes for turning their wastes from liability to assets and to decrease their carbon dioxide emissions.

In summary, my research group expertise and interests are in bioenergy and waste valorisation combining catalysis, materials science and chemical engineering aspects, including: catalytic membrane reactors, auger reactors, techno economic assessment, pre and post combustion CO2 capture using high temperature solid sorbents, catalytic pyrolysis, gasification, hydrotreating and aqueous phase processing for bio-oils upgrading and mineral carbonation technologies.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


  • TP Chemical technology
  • biomass


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