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Carmela CONIDI



c.conidi@itm.cnr.it  -  carmela.conidi@cnr.it

Tel: +39 0984 492014

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


Biographical Sketch

Graduated in Pharmacy in 2004, PhD degree in methodologies for the development of molecules of pharmacological interest at the University of Calabria in 2009. Since 2005, she has participated in several projects funded by EU, MIUR and private companies, focused on membrane operations and integrated membrane systems in the treatment of industrial wastewaters and in the recovery of molecules of nutritional and pharmacological interest from agro-food products and by-products. She was “Visiting Postdoctoral Research” at the “Instituto Universitario de Ingenieria de Alimentos para el Desarrollo ", University Polytechnic of Valencia (November 2011-May 2012; November 2012 -May 2013). Co-author of over 45 papers in scientific journals, 13 book chapters and encyclopaedia entries and several contributions at scientific conferences on membrane science and engineering.

Main fields of research:

  • Integrated membrane systems for the clarification and concentration of fruit juices;
  • Extraction, purification, concentration of bioactive molecules from agro-food products and by-products through membrane operations;
  • Integrated membrane systems in the treatment of industrial wastewaters;
  • Study and optimization of membrane systems for applications in the food, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

Most representive publication:

  • Conidi, C., Egea-Corbacho, A., Cassano, A., “A Combination of Aqueous Extraction and Polymeric Membranes as a Sustainable Process for the Recovery of Polyphenols from Olive Mill Solid Wastes”, Polymers  2019, 11, 1868; 1-16; doi:10.3390/polym11111868
  • Conidi, C., Fucà, L., Drioli, E., Cassano, A., “A Membrane-Based Process for the Recovery of Glycyrrhizin and Phenolic Compounds from Licorice Wastewaters”, Molecules 2019, 24, 2279; 1-16; doi:10.3390/molecules24122279
  • Cassano, A., Bentivenga, A., Conidi, C., Galiano, F., Saoncella, O., Figoli, A., “Membrane-based clarification and fractionation of red wine lees aqueous extracts”, Polymers 2019, 11(7), 1089; doi.org/10.3390/polym11071089
  • Conidi, C., Macedonio, F., Ali, A., Cassano, A., Criscuoli, A., Argurio, P., Drioli, E., “Treatment of Flue Gas Desulfurization Wastewater by an Integrated Membrane-Based Process for Approaching Zero Liquid Discarge”, Membranes 2018, 8, 117; doi:10.3390/membranes8040117
  • Conidi, C., Cassano, A., Caiazzo, F., Drioli, E., “Separation and purification of phenolic compounds from pomegranate juice by ultrafiltration and nanofiltration membranes”, Journal of Food Engineering 2017, 195, 1-13; doi.org/10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2016.09.017
  • Conidi, C., Cassano, A., Garcia-Castello, E., “Valorization of artichoke wastewaters by integrated membrane process”, Water Research  2014, 48, 363-374;  doi:10.1016/j.watres.2013.09.047
  • Conidi, C., Mazzei, R., Cassano, A., Giorno , L., “Integrated membrane system for the production of phytotherapics from olive mill wastewaters”, Journal of Membrane Science 2014, 454, 322-329; doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2013.12.021
  • Conidi, C., Cassano, A., Drioli , E.,  “A membrane-based study for the recovery of polyphenols from bergamot juice”, Journal of Membrane Science 2011, 375, 182-190; doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2011.03.035
  • 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 Research., 2010, 44, 3883-3892; doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2010.05.005.
  • Cassano, A., Conidi, C., Timpone, R., D’Avella, M., Drioli, E., “A membrane- based process for the clarification and the concentration of the cactus pear juice”, Journal of Food Engineering 2007, 80, 914-921;  doi: 10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2006.08.005


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