Alberto Figoli graduated in Food Science and Technology at Agriculture University in Milan in 1996. He worked at Quest International (Unilever) in the Netherlands for one year, 1996-1997. He received the PhD degree in Chemical Technologies at Membrane Technology Group, Twente University (The Netherlands) in 2001. Since 2001, he has a permanent position as Researcher at Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM-CNR) in Rende (CS), Italy. In 2017, he has been habilitated as Full Professor in the scientific sector (03/B2) Fondamenti Chimici delle Tecnologie.
Alberto Figoli is expert in the field of membrane technology, particularly in membrane preparation and characterisation and their application in environmental filed.
He was awarded for Scientific Productivity 2006 in “Food Packaging Research – GSICA Awards” by the Italian Scientific Food Packaging Group, 22 June 2006, Catania (Italy) and selected for the best publications in the Environmental Section in the “Highlights of CNR” for the year 2010 and 2011 by CNR, Rome (Italy). He performed a research activity in the USA, at Environmental Protection Agency of United States (USEPA) in Cincinnati for a short period, during the years 2004 and 2005.
His research activities are on the preparation and characterisation of polymeric membranes, both in flat and hollow-fiber configurations for water treatment. He is also involved on polymeric capsules preparation by membrane process and on pervaporation applied to the removal of contaminants (i.e. VOCs) from water and aroma recovery from natural matrices.
He is involved and responsible for ITM-CNR of several international project funded by EU and national projects by Italian Ministry of Education, University & Research and private companies. He is co-author of five books, more than 110 peer-review scientific papers and more than 15 chapters published in international journals and books. He is also author of two international patents on membrane and science technology. He is expert evaluator for Italian Ministry of Instruction, Hong Kong SAR Government, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO); Research Councils UK (RCUK).
Since February 2015, he is serving the European Membrane Society Council (EMS) as Responsible for Awards and Summer School Activities and since 2017, he is the Secretary of the European Membrane Society (EMS).