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Alessandra Polettini

University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy



2020 - present

University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy

Full professor

Full Professor in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering. Lecturer of “Basics of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering” and “Waste Management and Role in Climate Change”

2016 - 2022

University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy

Programme Chair

Chair of the Undergraduate and Master’s programs in Environmental Engineering

2000 - 2020

University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy

Research Fellow, Associate Professor

Research Fellow (2000-2006) and Associate Professor (2006-2020) in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering.

2008 - present


Associate Editor

Associate Editor for international journals:
• Waste Management (2008-15, 2020-present)
• Heliyon (2016-19)
• Detritus (2018-present)
• J. Environmental Management (2017-21)

Main research interest

Treatment and recycling of residues from thermal waste treatment, anaerobic digestion of organic wastes, degradability of bioplastics, accelerated carbonation of alkaline residues, environmental behaviour of waste materials, treatment of contaminated dredged sediment.

Most relevant projects

• Project Multi-risk science for resilient communities under a changing climate, PNRR Next Generation EU (2022-2025).
• Project EU LIFE12 “Sediment ElectroKinetic REmediation Technology for heavy metal pollution removal” (2014-17).
• Project EU “Co-ordinated Approach for Sediment Treatment and Beneficial Reuse in Small Harbours Networks” (2009-13).


>150 scientific papers and book chapters

Awards / Other

• Clarivate Analytics recognition for a highly cited paper in 2019.
• Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing Recognition (Waste Manage. 2003; Chemosphere 2016; Waste Manage. 2017; J. Env. Manage. 2018).


e-mail: alessandra.polettini@uniroma1.it
phone: +39 06 44585037