Dr Roberto Volpe


All Publications


    • Picone A, Volpe M, Malik W, Volpe R and Messineo A (2024). Role of reaction parameters in hydrothermal carbonization with process water recirculation: Hydrochar recovery enhancement and energy balance. Biomass and Bioenergy, Elsevier vol. 181 
    • Picone A, Volpe M, Codignole Lùz F, Malik W, Volpe R and Messineo A (2024). Co-hydrothermal carbonization with process water recirculation as a valuable strategy to enhance hydrochar recovery with high energy efficiency. Waste Management, Elsevier vol. 175, 101-109.  


    • Malik W, Victoria Tafoya JP, Doszczeczko S, Jorge Sobrido AB, Skoulou VK, Boa AN, Zhang Q, Ramirez Reina T and Volpe R (2023). Synthesis of a Graphene-Encapsulated Fe3C/Fe Catalyst Supported on Sporopollenin Exine Capsules and Its Use for the Reverse Water-Gas Shift Reaction. Acs Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, American Chemical Society 
    • Tagar U, Volpe M, Messineo A and Volpe R (2023). Highly ordered CaO from cuttlefish bone calcination for the efficient adsorption of methylene blue from water. Frontiers in Chemistry, Frontiers Media vol. 11, 1132464-1132464.  
    • Gulliani S, Volpe M, Messineo A and Volpe R (2023). Recovery of metals and valuable chemicals from waste electric and electronic materials: a critical review of existing technologies. Rsc Sustainability, Royal Society of Chemistry (Rsc) vol. 1 (5), 1085-1108.  


    • Volpe M, Picone A, Luz FC, Mosonik MCA, Volpe R and Messineo A (2022). Potential pitfalls on the scalability of laboratory-based research for hydrothermal carbonization. Fuel: The Science and Technology of Fuel and Energy, Elsevier vol. 315 
    • Barr MR, Forster L, D'Agostino C and Volpe R (2022). Alkaline pretreatment of walnut shells increases pore surface hydrophilicity of derived biochars. Applied Surface Science, Elsevier vol. 571 


    • Lozano DCP, Jones HE, Reina TR, Volpe R and Barrow MP (2021). Unlocking the potential of biofuels via reaction pathways in van Krevelen diagrams. Green Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry 
    • Chen C, Volpe R and Jiang X (2021). A molecular investigation on lignin thermochemical conversion and carbonaceous organics deposition induced catalyst deactivation. Applied Energy vol. 302 
    • Volpe M, Luz FC, Saha N, Reza MT, Mosonik MC, Volpe R and Messineo A (2021). Enhancement of energy and combustion properties of hydrochar via citric acid catalysed secondary char production. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, Springer (Part of Springer Nature) 
    • Barr MR, Volpe R and Kandiyoti R (2021). Identifying Synergistic Effects between Biomass Components during Pyrolysis and Pointers Concerning Experiment Design. Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 
    • BARR M, Volpe R and Kandiyoti R (2021). Liquid Biofuels from Food Crops in Transportation – A Balance Sheet of Outcomes. Chemical Engineering Science, Elsevier 
    • Barr MR, Jervis R, Zhang Y, Bodey AJ, Rau C, Shearing PR, Brett DJL, Titirici M and Volpe R (2021). Towards a mechanistic understanding of particle shrinkage during biomass pyrolysis via synchrotron X-ray microtomography and in-situ radiography. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group vol. 11 (1) 
    • Mosonik MC, Volpe R, Ezenwajiaku C, Talibi M and Balachandran R (2021). In situ observation of the evolution of polyaromatic tar precursors in packed-bed biomass pyrolysis. Reaction Chemistry & Engineering, Royal Society of Chemistry (Rsc) vol. 6 (9), 1538-1547.  


    • Saha N, Volpe M, Fiori L, Volpe R, Messineo A and Reza MT (2020). Cationic Dye Adsorption on Hydrochars of Winery and Citrus Juice Industries Residues: Performance, Mechanism, and Thermodynamics. Energies, Mdpi Ag vol. 13 (18), 4686-4686.  
    • Barr MR, Volpe M, Messineo A and Volpe R (2020). On the suitability of thermogravimetric balances for the study of biomass pyrolysis. Fuel, Elsevier Bv vol. 276, 118069-118069.  
    • Volpe M, Messineo A, Mäkelä M, Barr MR, Volpe R, Corrado C and Fiori L (2020). Reactivity of cellulose during hydrothermal carbonization of lignocellulosic biomass. Fuel Processing Technology, Elsevier vol. 206 
    • Maniscalco MP, Corrado C, Volpe R and Messineo A (2020). Evaluation of the optimal activation parameters for almond shell bio-char production for capacitive deionization. Bioresource Technology Reports vol. 11 
    • Taylor MJ, Alabdrabalameer HA, Michopoulos AK, Volpe R and Skoulou V (2020). Augmented Leaching Pretreatments for Forest Wood Waste and Their Effect on Ash Composition and the Lignocellulosic Network. Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, American Chemical Society (Acs) 
    • Messineo A, Maniscalco MP and Volpe R (2020). Biomethane recovery from olive mill residues through anaerobic digestion: A review of the state of the art technology. Science of The Total Environment, Elsevier vol. 703 



    • Volpe R, Zabaniotou AA and Skoulou V (2018). Synergistic Effects between Lignin and Cellulose during Pyrolysis of Agricultural Waste. Energy & Fuels, American Chemical Society (Acs) vol. 32 (8), 8420-8430.  
    • Di Trapani D, Volpe M, Di Bella G, Messineo A, Volpe R and Viviani G (2018). Assessing Methane Emission and Economic Viability of Energy Exploitation in a Typical Sicilian Municipal Solid Waste Landfill. Waste and Biomass Valorization, 1-12.  
    • VOLPE R, Mäkelä M, Volpe M, Fiori L and Dahl O (2018). Spatially resolved spectral determination of polysaccharides in hydrothermally carbonized biomass. Green Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry 


    • VOLPE R, Messineo S, Volpe M and Messineo A (2017). Catalytic Effect of Char for Tar Cracking in Pyrolysis of Citrus Wastes, Design of a Novel Experimental Set Up and First Results. Chemical Engineering Transactions, Italian Association of Chemical Engineering - Aidic vol. 50, 181-186.  
    • Nicolosi G, Messineo A and VOLPE R (2017). An Innovative Adaptive Control System to Regulate Microclimatic Conditions in a Greenhouse. Energies vol. 10 (5), 722-722.  
    • Volpe R, Menendez JMB, Reina TR, Messineo A and Millan M (2017). Evolution of chars during slow pyrolysis of citrus waste. Fuel Processing Technology vol. 158, 255-263.  


    • VOLPE R, Volpe M, Fiori L and Messineo A (2016). Upgrading of Olive Tree Trimmings Residue as Biofuel by Hydrothermal Carbonization and Torrefaction: a Comparative Study. Chemical Engineering Transactions, Italian Association of Chemical Engineering - Aidic vol. 50, 13-13.  
    • De Marchis M, Milici B, Volpe R and Messineo A (2016). Energy Saving in Water Distribution Network through Pump as Turbine Generators: Economic and Environmental Analysis. Energies vol. 9 (11), 877-877.  
    • Messineo A, Bonasera D, Volpe R, Messineo S and Marvuglia A (2016). Technical and Economical Assessment of Biomass Potential for Power Production: A Study in the South of Italy. Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management vol. 4 (3), 287-299.  
    • Volpe R, Messineo A and Millan M (2016). Carbon reactivity in biomass thermal breakdown. Fuel vol. 183, 139-144.  


    • Volpe R, Messineo S, Volpe M and Messineo A (2015). Carbon Footprint of Tree Nuts Based Consumer Products. Sustainability, Mdpi Ag vol. 7 (11), 14917-14934.  
    • Volpe M, Panno D, Volpe R and Messineo A (2015). Upgrade of citrus waste as a biofuel via slow pyrolysis. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, Elsevier vol. 115, 66-76.  
    • Volpe R, Messineo A, Millan M, Volpe M and Kandiyoti R (2015). Assessment of olive wastes as energy source: pyrolysis, torrefaction and the key role of H loss in thermal breakdown. Energy, Elsevier vol. 82, 119-127.  


    • Volpe M, D’Anna C, Messineo S, Volpe R and Messineo A (2014). Sustainable Production of Bio-Combustibles from Pyrolysis of Agro-Industrial Wastes. Sustainability, Mdpi vol. 6 (11), 7866-7882.  
    • Messineo A, Ciulla G, Messineo S, Volpe M and Volpe R (2014). Evaluation of equilibrium moisture content in ligno-cellulosic residues of olive culture. Arpn Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences vol. 9 (1), 5-11.  


    • La Rocca A, La Rocca V, Messineo A, Morale M, Panno D and Volpe R (2013). Numerical Solution of Foodstuff Freezing Problems Using Radial Basis Functions. Advanced Science Letters, American Scientific Publishers vol. 19 (3), 1044-1047.  


    • Messineo A, Freni G and Volpe R (2012). Collection of Thermal Energy Available from a Biogas Plant for Leachate Treatment in an Urban Landfill: A Sicilian Case Study. Energies, Mdpi vol. 5 (10), 3753-3767.  
    • Messineo A, Volpe R and Marvuglia A (2012). Ligno-cellulosic biomass exploitation for power generation: A case study in sicily. Energy, Elsevier vol. 45 (1), 613-625.  
    • Messineo A, Volpe R and Asdrubali F (2012). Evaluation of Net Energy Obtainable from Combustion of Stabilised Olive Mill By-Products. Energies, Mdpi vol. 5 (5), 1384-1397.  
    • Messineo A, Panno D and Volpe R (2012). Technical and Economical Feasibility of Biomass Use for Power Generation in Sicily. International Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Information Systems, Igi Global vol. 3 (1), 40-50.