Full Professor of Sanitary and environmental engineering [ICAR/03]

Paolo Roccaro is full Professor of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania (Italy). He has been Fulbright Scholar at the University of Arizona in Tucson and Visiting Scientist at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He is or has been PI or co-PI of projects on Microwave Regeneration of PFAS-Exhausted Granular Activated Carbon (grant from The Water Research Foundation, USA), Smart and ecofriendly systems for the Sicilian agriculture (grant from the Sicilian Region), Advanced processes for the removal of emerging contaminants from water (grant from the University of Catania), Recovery and use of Volcanic Ash from Mt. Etna – REUCET (grant from the Italian Ministry of Environment), Wastewater reuse (grant from the Italian Ministry of Instruction University and Research (MIUR). He has also worked on other projects funded by the European Commission, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

His research is focused on water quality, removal of micro-pollutants from water, formation and control of disinfection by-products (DBP) in water, removal and control of contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) in water and wastewaters systems, wastewater treatment and reuse, advanced treatment processes, monitoring and modeling trace contaminants in water by spectroscopy, real-time monitoring, soil and aquifer remediation, water quality management in precision farming, waste recovery and valorization, circular economy and sustainability in water and waste management, human exposure to airborne contaminants.


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Academic Year 2015/2016

Water quality. Water Safety Plan. Water and wastewater treatment plants. Water reuse.  Use of marginal resources under drought conditions. Structural and non-structural measures for water saving in civil buildings. Schemes of water and wastewater treatment plants and related costs. Removal of micro-pollutants from water intended for human consumption. Formation and control of disinfection by-products (DBP) in water systems. Study of the reactivity of natural organic matter (NOM) in natural and engineering systems. Control of emerging contaminants (e.g. pharmaceuticals and personal care products, endocrine disrupting chemicals) in water and wastewaters systems. Advanced water treatment processes (membrane, advanced oxidation processes - AOPs, adsorption). Site remediation. Treatment, recovery, reuse and disposal of wastes. Environmental monitoring. Study of the human exposure to asbestos-like fibers in urban areas. Environmental sustainability.