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Supervisors:
Prof. Erika Ribechini

Title:
Advanced analytical pyrolysis techniques for studying complex mixtures of natural and synthetic polymers

Abstract:
My project will explore and develop innovative approaches based on analytical pyrolysis for the characterization of natural and synthetic polymers in the fields of renewable energy. Fast pyrolysis-gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS) is a powerful tool for the study of polymers, as it reveals the chemistry of their decomposition pathway with an extensive control of the experimental parameters. The major aim of the project will be the understanding of the complex reactions and synergistic effects that exist during the co-pyrolysis of biomass and plastics. In my investigations, a “bottom-up” approach will be adopted, starting with the study of the simplest polymers and moving to more complex systems in order to carry out a systematic study about how polymers behave and interact under pyrolysis.

Publications:
- F. Nardella, N. Landi, I. Degano, M. Colombo, M. Serradimigni, C. Tozzi, E. Ribechini, “Chemical investigations of bitumen from Neolithic archaeological excavations in Central-Southern Italy by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry combined with principal component analysis”, submitted to Environmental Science and Pollution Research

Oral communications at congress:
- F. Nardella, M. Colombo, M. Serradimigni, C. Tozzi, E. Ribechini, “Innovative approaches based on analytical pyrolysis for the characterization of archaeological bitumen: the case of bituminous mixture from Italian Neolithic stone tools”, XVII Congresso Nazionale Chimica dell’ambiente e beni culturali (SCI), Genova, June 24th – 27th 2018
- F. Nardella, M. Colombo, M. Serradimigni, C. Tozzi, I. Degano, E. Ribechini, “Gas chromatographic and mass spectrometric investigations of bitumen from Neolithic flint flakes recovered from archaeological excavations in Central-Southern Italy”, X Congresso Nazionale AIAr, Torino, February 14th – 17th 2018

Poster communications at congress:
- F. Nardella, N. Landi, I. Degano, E. Ribechini, “Chemical investigations of bitumen from Neolithic archaeological excavations in Central-Southern Italy by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and analytical pyrolysis”, Chemistry for the Future 2018 (CFF 2018), Pisa, July 4th – 6th 2018