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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.  PI Dr. Robert Nerenberg, University of Notre Dame
                           co-PI Dr. Kartik Chandran, Columbia University.  Collaborators: Cristian Picioreanu, TU Delft, Joshua Boltz, CH2MHill.
                           Funded by Water Environmental Research Foundation (WERF)

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

2013                    Sulfur-dioxide-based MBfR for wastewater dentrification

2012                    Use of methane as an electron donor for wastewater denitrification

Technical Publications 

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

Sabba, F., Picioreanu, C., Nerenberg, R. N2O Emissions from Denitrifying Biofilms: A Modeling Study. Water Research, Manuscript in preparation

Szaja, A., Łagód, G., Jaromin-Gleń, K., Sabba, F. Bioaugmentation of a Sequencing Batch Reactor with Archaea for the Treatment of Reject Water. Journal of Water Chemistry and Technology, Manuscript submitted

Belviso, M. R., Nardulli, M., Sardella, E., Favia, P., Sabba, F., Gristina, R. Ammonia Plasma Grafted Polystyrene Substrates Tunes Cell Adhesion of Two Different Cell Lines. Journal of Functional BiomaterialsManuscript submitted