Room 217D - Edifício Departamental, FCT NOVA
David Chiaramonti

Visit and Seminar by Professor David Chiaramonti (Director of RE-CORD - Renewable Energy Consortium for Research and Demonstration)

Host: Nuno Lapa, LAQV - FCT NOVA


10:00 h - 10:15 h | Welcome message (FCT Dean - to be confirmed; Vice-director for Scientific Affairs; President of the Department of Chemistry)

10:15 h - 11:00 h | Seminar - RE-CORD: R&D on biomass, bioenergy and bioproducts at the University of Florence (Professor David Chiaramonti)
See below Abstract and Short Bio

11:00 h - 11:15 h | Introduction to the Department of Chemistry
(President of the Department) and Possible collaborations between the Fraunhofer Institute and FCT-NOVA-DQ (MAC members)

11:15 h - 12:00 h | Visit to the Department of Chemistry



Abstract - RE-CORD: R&D on biomass, bioenergy and bioproducts at the University of Florence


The Seminar will first introduce the structure and organization of the Renewable Energy COnsortium for R&D, a no profit public-private research organization established by the University of Florence and some public and private partners. It will address the infrastructures, as the chemical laboratory and the experimental area (with pilot units), and the main research areas.

Then a particular focus will be given to two of the most relevant topics for RE-CORD, i.e. biochar (production technologies, product characterization, and market perspectives) and hydrothermal liquefaction (process, water and oily phase characterization).

These arguments will also be discussed under the light of the new directive REDII, issued in December 2019, and the following acts.


Short Bio


David Chiaramonti, PhD, teaches Bioenergy Conversion Technologies at the University of Florence. He is member of CREAR and chairman of the Renewable Energy COnsortium for R&D (RE-CORD), University of Florence. His main scientific interest is on the production and use in engines/turbines of biofuels, either liquid, gaseous or solid, and on bioproducts, mainly focusing on thermochemical biomass conversion and process development. Recent activities cover aviation biofuel, catalytic pyrolysis and gasification of biomass in pilot/demo reactors, hydrothermal liquefaction and carbonization, methanation, and algae cultivation systems and downstream processing. He is author of more than 180 publications on International Journals and Conferences, and participated to more than 25 EU R&D and dissemination projects, in particular in the field of Biomass. He is member of the International Organising Committee, Scientific Committee and Topic Organiser of major conferences in the field, such as the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE), the International Symposium on Alcohol Fuels (ISAF), and the International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE). David Chiaramonti has been member and Country Representative of IEA-Bioenergy, Task 34 - Biomass Pyrolysis and IEA Task 39 (Liquid Biofuel), and today Country Representative at UN-ICAO CAEP AFTF (ICAO task force on Alternative Fuels for aviation). He was a member of the Italian and the European Biofuel Technology Platforms, and technical secretary of the Leaders for Sustainable Biofuels: he is now technically coordinating the Alternative and Renewable Transport Fuel Forum (ART Fuel Forum, AFF), a DG Energy tender on market and policy for Advanced Biofuels, and the new H2020 project on Aviation Biofuels BIO4A (starting May2018). David Chiaramonti chairs the International Research Advisory Council (RAC) of DBFZ (German Biomass Research Center).

David Chiaramonti has been awarded the Linneborn Prize for outstanding merits in biomass at EUBCE 2017 in Stockhlom.