Federico Rossi

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Exopolysaccharides (EPSs) are an important class of biopolymers with great ecological importance. In natural environments, they are a common feature of microbial biofilms, where they play key protective and structural roles. As the primary colonizers of constrained environments, such as desert soils and lithic and exposed substrates, cyanobacteria are the(More)
Cool roofs represent an acknowledged passive cooling technique to reduce building energy consumption for cooling and to mitigate urban heat island effects. This paper concerns the evaluation of the dynamic effect of new cool roof clay tiles on building thermal performance in summer and winter conditions. To this end, these properties have been analyzed on(More)
Retro-reflective (RR) pavements are an effective strategy for mitigating UHI. Directivity properties of RR samples are assessed by a new experimental facility. An analytical model is proposed to describe the optic-energy profiles of RR films. RR materials may be treated as common diffusive surfaces by a correction factor. The model may be used to evaluate(More)
Retro-reflective (RR) materials are an effective strategy for mitigating UHI. Optical properties of RR materials are assessed by a new experimental facility. Angular distribution of reflected radiation is assessed during daytime. RR component is treated as a diffusely reflected radiation by a reduction factor. An algorithm evaluates the cooling potential of(More)
The importance of cyanobacterial polysaccharides of biological soil crusts in sand surface stabilization and soil nutrient retention has been long acknowledged. However, the role of cyanobacterial polysaccharides as a source of nutrition to vascular plants in crusted areas is ignored. In this study, the chemical composition of the polysaccharide synthesized(More)
The molecular identification of seven biofilm-forming cyanobacteria and the characterization of their exopolysaccharides were made and considered in terms of potential biotechnological applications. The studied strains were isolated from phototrophic biofilms taken from various Italian sites including a wastewater treatment plant, an eroded soil, and a(More)
Biodiesel is obtained by the process of transesterification of vegetable oils and animal fats and crude glycerol is the main by-product of the biodiesel manufacturing chain. As a result glycerol production has rapidly increased in the last decades. This work focuses on the development and the validation of a process to convert biodiesel-derived glycerol(More)
Two-stage process based on photofermentation of dark fermentation effluents is widely recognized as the most effective method for biological production of hydrogen from organic substrates. Recently, it was described an alternative mechanism, named capnophilic lactic fermentation, for sugar fermentation by the hyperthermophilic bacterium Thermotoga(More)
Increasing energy costs are at the origin of the great progress in the field of phase change materials (PCMs). The present work aims at studying the application of clathrate hydrates as PCMs in buildings. Clathrate hydrates are crystalline structures in which guest molecules are enclosed in the crystal lattice of water molecules. Clathrate hydrates can form(More)
In this study, the chemical composition and the macromolecular features of the extracellular polysaccharidic (EPS) matrix of induced biological soil crusts (IBSCs) of different age, collected in the hyper-arid plateau of Hobq desert, Inner Mongolia, China, were investigated. No statistically significant correlation between the amount of extracellular(More)