Dr Aimaro Sanna,PhD, MRSC, AMIChemE

Office: JN3.04

    Phone: +44 (0) 131 451 3299

    Email: a.sanna@hw.ac.uk

    Research Profile:


Assistant Professor

Dr Aimaro Sanna has been awarded a Heriot-Watt University Fellowship (tenure track) in June 2014. His research focuses on the development of new generation catalytic systems for understanding and controlling the chemical transformation of biomass and wastes to fuels and chemicals and on bio-CCS technologies. He obtained his PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Nottingham in 2011, where he worked until June 2012 on the development of mineral carbonation technologies. From July 2012 to May 2104, he worked on low carbon technologies at the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University. In 2016, as PI, he has been awarded an Innovate UK-EPSRC grant (£200k) on “Biomass Gasification with High Temperature CO2 Capture” (EP/P018955/1) and a Textile Future Forum grant (£100k) for a project entitled: Thermo-chemical valorisation of textile waste.

Dr Sanna has published 91 publications including 1 book as Editor, 3 book chapters, 40 peer-reviewed articles and 47 conferences presentations (3 invited) in the areas of biofuels and carbon capture and storage. (Citations: 1274; h-index:16; i-10 index:19). He is Managing Editor for ‘Fuel Processing Technology’ and member of the RSC, IChemE, EI, UKCCSRC and CO2Chem. Dr Sanna has been recipient for the Master&Back mobility programme award (2006), Italy, the Business-Engineering and Science Travel Scholarship (BESTS) award (2009), the Graduate School Travel Bursary (2009) and the RSC Travel Grant (2014). He is also involved in Chemical Engineering teaching (Process Industries A) and administration (School Liaison Representative).

Research Interests

His research expertise and interests include R&D in bioenergy and waste valorisation combining catalysis, materials science and chemical engineering aspects. Catalytic membrane reactors, TEA, CO2 capture by high temperature solid sorbents, mineral carbonation, catalysts development, pyrolysis, gasification and hydrotreating.uels production, reactors design and characterisation techniques.

Selected Publications
  1. Aysu T, Fermoso J, Sanna A (2017), Conversion of Pavlova sp. microalgae to aromatics using CeNi on alumina support. Journal of Energy Chemistry, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jechem.2017.06.014.

  2. Aysu T, Rahman NAA, Sanna A (2016), Catalytic pyrolysis of Tetraselmis and Isochrysis microalgae by nickel ceria based catalysts for hydrocarbon production, Energy, 103, 205-214.

  3. Sanna A, Gaubert J, Maroto-Valer MM (2016), Alternative regeneration of chemicals employed in mineral carbonation towards technology cost reduction, Chemical Engineering Journal, 306, 1049–1057.

  4. Sanna A, Vispute TP, Huber GW (2015), The Hydrogenation and Hydrodeoxyegantion of the Aqueous Fraction of Bio-oil on Supported Ru and Pt Catalysts, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 165, 446–456.

  5. Aysu T, Sanna A, (2015), Nannochloropsis algae pyrolysis with ceria-based catalysts for production of high-quality bio-oils, Bioresource Technology, 194, 108-116.

  6. Sanna A, Uibu M, Caramanna G, Kuusik R, Maroto-Valer MM (2014), Mineral carbonation for geological storage/Engineering for carbonation, Chemical Society Reviews, 43, 8049-8080.

  7. Sanna A, Andrésen JM (2012), Bio-oil deoxygenation by catalytic pyrolysis: novel catalysts for the production of bio-fuels and bio-chemicals, ChemSusChem, 5, 10, 1944-1956.

  8. Sanna A, Li S, Linforth R, Smart KA, Andrésen JM (2011), Bio-oil and bio-char from low temperature pyrolysis of spent grains using activated alumina, Bioresource Technology, 102, 22, 10695-10703.

  9. Vispute TP, Zhang H, Sanna A, Xiao R, Huber GW (2010), Renewable Chemical Commodity Feedstocks from Integrated Catalytic Processing of Pyrolysis Oils, Science, 330, 6008, 1222-1227.