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Senior Researcher


a.cassano@itm.cnr.it  -  alfredo.cassano@cnr.it

Tel: +39 0984 492067

Institute on Membrane Technology (CNR-ITM) 
c/o University of Calabria 
Via P. Bucci cubo 17/C 
87030 Rende CS


Biographical Sketch: 

Researcher at CNR-ITM with degree in Biology since 2000. He has a long experience in the field of membrane science and technology with research expertise including pressure-driven membrane processes, membrane contactors and integrated membrane operations mainly applied to wastewater treatments and agro-food productions.

He is involved as scientific responsible or main investigator in different national projects with both Italian Ministry of Education, University & Research and private companies and international projects funded by EU.

He is member of Editorial board of scientific Journals and co-author of 6 books, more than 90 peer-review scientific papers published in international journals, 31 book chapters, various invited lectures and several contributions at scientific conferences on membrane science and engineering. He is also co-author of two national patents on membrane science and technology.

Main fields of research:

  • Membranes and integrated membrane operations in agro-food production and industrial wastewater treatment
  • Recovery of bioactive compounds from agro-food byproducts by membrane-based operations
  • Separation/concentration/purification of target compounds of industrial interest by membranes
  • Membrane distillation and osmotic distillation
  • Remediation and pollution control of industrial wastewater by membrane operations.

Most representative publication:

  • Cassano, A.; Molinari, R.; Romano, M.; Drioli, E.; “Treatment of aqueous effluents of the leather industry by membrane processes. A review”, J. Membr. Sci., 2001, 181, 111-126. DOI: 10.1016/S0376-7388(00)00399-9.
  • Jiao, B.; Cassano, A.; Drioli, E.; “Recent advances on membrane processes for the concentration of fruit juices: a review”, J. Food Eng. 2004, 63, 303-324. DOI: 10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2003.08.003.
  • Cassano, A.; Adzet, J.; Molinari, R.; Buonomenna, M.G.; Roig, J.; Drioli, E.; “Membrane treatment by nanofiltration of exhausted tannin liquors of the leather industry”, Water Res. 2003, 37, 2426-2434. DOI: 10.1016/S0043-1354(03)00016-2.
  • Galaverna, G.; Di Silvestro, G.; Cassano, A.; Sforza, S.; Dossena, A.; Drioli, E.; Marchelli, R.; “A new integrated membrane process for the production of concentrated blood orange juice: effect on bioactive compounds and antioxidant activity”, Food Chem., 2008, 106, 1021-1030. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2007.07.018.
  • Figoli, A.; Cassano, A.; Criscuoli, A.; Mozumder, M.S.I.; Uddin, M.T.; Islam, M.A.; Drioli, E.; “Influence of operating parameters on the arsenic removal by nanofiltration”, Water Res. 2010, 44, 97-104. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2009.09.007.
  • Garcia-Castello, E.; Cassano, A.; Criscuoli, C.; Conidi, C.; Drioli, E.; “Recovery and concentration of polyphenols from olive mill wastewaters by integrated membrane system”, Water Res., 2010, 44, 3883-3892. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2010.05.005.
  • Cassano, A.; Conidi, C.; Drioli, E.; “Clarification and concentration of pomegranate juice (Punica Granatum L.) using membrane processes”, J. Food Eng., 2011, 107, 366-373. Integrated Membrane Operations in the Food Production”, 1st Edition. Eds.
  • Alfredo Cassano and Enrico Drioli. Edited by Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin, 2014, ISBN: 978-3-11-028467-6.
  • Conidi, A.; Cassano, A.; Garcia-Castello, E.; “Valorization of artichoke wastewaters by integrated membrane process”, Water Res., 2014, 48, 363-374.
  • Cassano, A.; De Luca, G.; Conidi, C.; Drioli, E.; “Effect of polyphenols-membrane interactions on the performance of membrane-based processes. A review”, Coord. Chem. Rev., 2017, 351, 45-75. DOI: 10.1016/j.ccr.2017.06.013.