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Sapienza University of Rome was founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII. It is the oldest university in Rome and the largest in Europe. Sapienza has 140,000 students, over 4,500 professors and nearly 5,000 administrative and technical staff. Students from all over Italy and around the world attend Sapienza to experience a unique academic environment. Sapienza provides a wide variety of educational opportunities that includes over 250-degree programmes and 200 one or two year professional courses. The University has 59 libraries and 21 museums as well as efficient student services like Hello/Ciao (welcoming and counseling centre), SoRT (counseling and tutorial services) and assistance for disabled students. The University also provides advanced ICT services including online enrolment, e-mail addresses, wireless hotspots and online academic management. Sapienza is active in many fields of research and has achieved substantial results thanks to the work of its 11 faculties, 66 departments and scientific research centres. The University offers over 100 PhD programmes in nearly every major field of knowledge. Sapienza encourages international exchange and many visiting professors and foreign researchers are invited to work at the University. Sapienza has left its mark on science and culture and has been home to a long list of important scholars from modernist poets like Giuseppe Ungaretti to ground breaking scientists like Enrico Fermi. The spirit of innovation remains strong and inspires a new generation of students and professors to make new discoveries that will lead to a brighter future.

The DICMA research group

The research group involved in C2CA belongs to the Department of Chemical Engineering, Materials and Environment  (DICMA) of  Sapienza University of Rome. The activities of the research unit are mainly related with materials characterisation in the recycling and mineral field. It has a broad range of processing (combination, classification and separation units) and analytical units (electro-optical devices, chemical facilities, hyperspectral and FT-IR analytical devices) that can be profitably utilised to characterise physical properties (particle size, etc.),degree of material pollutants (wood, metals, plastics), chemical pollutants (Cl, S, etc..) as well as particle size distribution (granulate fraction) of the processing materials. Several computer architectures and devices for the acquisition and processing of data are also available. The possibility to use different software and hardware architectures is of particular interest for the proposed research and will allow the team to evaluate the procedures on different levels of complexity.

UNI RM1 has a large experience in the recycling sector with particular reference to particulate solid waste material handling and characterization through optical based techniques.

UNI RM1 also participated to the following research programs financed by the European Union:

  • Esprit Project n° 24931 – ChaCo: The Characterisation of Flotation Froth Structure and Colour by Machine Vision – January 1998-June 2000
  • Competitive and Sustainable Growth Programme: GRD1-1999-10531- ENVICUT: Human and Environmentally Friendly Cutting and Milling of Materials January 2000-April 2003
  • OSNET: Thematic Network on Ornamental Stones – FP GROWTH-KA1 (Cordis Reference: 56967) – June 2001-May 2004
  • CRAFT Programme: CRAF-1999-71817 – HISPIM-GLASS: Development of a Novel and High Speed Spectral Imaging System to Detect Glass-like Contaminants in the Recyclable, Cost effectively Increasing Glass Recycling and Avoiding Landfilling. June 2003- May 2005
  • CRAFT Programme: CRAFT Project 508737 – WOOD-STONE: Intelligent System for Optimising the On-line Finish Process for Stone Slabs and Wood Panels. July 2004-June 2006
  • CN/ASIA Programme: IT&C/006 (89870) – EXTRACT-IT: Application of Information
  • Technologies for the Sustainable Management of Extractive Industry Activities. January 2005-December 2006
  • FP7 Collaborative project “Magnetic Sorting and Ultrasound Sensor Technologies for Production of High Purity Secondary Polyolefins from Waste (W2Plastics)”. Grant Agreement No. 212782.

Short profile of the staff members involved in C2CA project

Prof. Dr. Eng. Giuseppe Bonifazi is the responsible person for the different tasks in which UNI RM1-DIC is involved. Mr. Giuseppe Bonifazi had his Laurea Degree Mining Engineering from The university of Rome "La Sapienza". He is actually Full Professor of Raw Materials Beneficiation at the same University. He is responsible of the Laboratory for Particles and Particulate Solids Characterization and Processing in Latina, one of the new poles of the University of Rome "La Sapienza". Mr. Bonifazi has developed great expertise in all the problems related to fines production and handling, airborne dust production. He is currently involved with several researches of novel technologies applied to recycling industry, in particular, through investigation of artificial vision and spectral imaging and PGP spectrographs technology which is at the basis of the project.

Dr. Silvia Serranti, geologists, is Research Assistant in the same Department. She, thanks to the wide and extensive experience in the field of multispectral and hyperspectral imaging based techniques applied to materials, will take care of the analysis of all the data resulting from the digital imaging and spectrophotometric techniques referred to C&DW streams together with the related correlation studies with waste materials and process characteristics.

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