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Fabrizio Sabba

Fabrizio Sabba


B.Sc. Biotechnology for Processes and Products Innovation, University of Bari, Italy, 2007

M.Sc. Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology, University Sapienza, Rome, Italy, 2010


Fabrizio received his B.Sc. in Biotechnology for processes and products innovation from University of Bari, Italy in 2007 and his M.Sc. in Environmental and industrial biotechnology from University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy in 2010.  During his M.Sc. he worked on the fate of phytoestrogens in wastewater at the University of Minnesota under the guidance of Dr. Paige Novak.  He is now a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental engineering at the University of Notre Dame where he joined Dr. Robert Nerenberg’s lab.  His research interests include investigating potential differences between suspended growth and biofilm systems with regards to nitrous oxide emissions.

Summary of Activities/Interests

2010 -  present    Quantifying fugitive greenhouse gas emissions from biofilm systems.  P.I. Dr. Robert Nerenberg, University of Notre Dame
                           co-P.I. Dr. Kartik Chandran, Columbia University.  Collaborators: Dr. Cristian Picioreanu, TU Delft, Dr. Joshua Boltz, CH2MHill.
                           Funded by Water Environmental Research Foundation (WERF)

2010 - present     Use of sulfite as an electron donor for wastewater denitrification Hampton Roads Sanitary District (HRSD): P.I. Dr. Robert
                           Nerenberg, University of Notre Dame co-P.I. Dr. Charles Bott. 

2013                    Sulfur-dioxide-based MBfR for wastewater dentrification

2012                    Use of methane as an electron donor for wastewater denitrification

ISI Technical Referred Publications 

1. Sabba, F., Picioreanu, C., Perez, J., Nerenberg, R. (2015) Hydroxylamine Diffusion Can Enhance N2O Emissions in Nitrifying Biofilms: A Modeling Study. Environmental Science & Technology, 49 (3), pp 1486–1494

 2. Szaja, A., Łagód, G., Jaromin-Gleń, K., Sabba, F. (2016) Bioaugmentation of a Sequencing Batch Reactor with Archaea for the Treatment of Reject Water. Journal of Water Chemistry and Technology, 38 (4), pp 238-243

3. Read-Daily, B.L., Sabba, F., Pavissich, J.P., Nerenberg, R. (2016) Kinetics of Nitrous Oxide (N2O) Reduction by Paracoccus pantotrophus. AMB Express85 (6) DOI: 10.1186/s13568-016-0258-0

4. Sabba, F., Picioreanu, C., Boltz, J.P., Nerenberg, R. (2016) Predicting N2O Emissions from Nitrifying and Denitrifying Biofilms: A Modeling Study, Water Science & Technology¸ 75 (1) DOI: 10.2166/wst.2016.484

5. Sabba, F., DeVries, A., Druschel, G., Bott C., Nerenberg R. (2016) Potential Use of Sulfite as a Supplemental Electron Donor for Water and Wastewater Denitrification. Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio-Technology15 (4), pp 563-572

6. Sabba, F., Picioreanu, C., Nerenberg, R. (2017) ­Unique Mechanisms of Nitrous Oxide (N2O) Formation in Denitrifying Biofilms, Manuscript submitted

7. Łagód,  G., Guz, Ł., Sabba, F., Sobczuk, H. (2017) Detection of Wastewater Treatment Process Disturbances in Bioreactors Using the e-nose Technology, Manuscript in preparation

8. Belviso, M. R., Nardulli, M., Sardella, E., Sabba, F., Favia, P., Gristina, R. (2017) Induction of Cell-Type Dependent Adhesion in NH3 Plasma-grafted Petri Dishes. Manuscript in preparation




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