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Coordinator of Interdepartmental Center (CWC - CleanWaterCenter@PoliTo)
Member of Interdepartmental Center (CWC - CleanWaterCenter@PoliTo)

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Alberto Tiraferri is Associate Professor in the Department of Environment, Land, and Infrastructural Engineering (DIATI) at Politecnico di Torino. He is also the manager of the CleanWaterCenter, the interdepartmental center of Politecnico di Torino dedicated to sustainable and efficient water treatment. Prof. Tiraferri received his B.Sc. from Università Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona, Italy) and Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012 in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. During his doctoral work, he conducted research under the supervision of Prof. Menachem Elimelech. Subsequently, Prof. Tiraferri worked for two years as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow in the lab of Prof. Borkovec at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. His current research interests include (i) membrane-based separation for water production and resource efficiency, (ii) decontamination and water purification using advanced oxidation, (iii) applications of innovative techniques for the reclamation of contaminated environment systems, (iv) contaminant dynamics in water.

(Area 0008 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura)
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Identifiers ORCID: 0000-0001-9859-1328
Scopus Author ID: 24280776400
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Research topics
  • Water reuse, mining, and zero liquid discharge
  • Advanced oxidation processes for water and wastewater management
  • Membrane technology for water and wastewater management
Skills and keywords

ERC sectors

PE8_2 - Chemical engineering, technical chemistry PE8_3 - Civil engineering, architecture, maritime/hydraulic engineering, geotechnics, waste treatment


Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities


Drinking water Membranes Wastewater treatment Water desalination Water treatment
Scientific responsibilities and other assignments

Awards and Honors

  • ACS Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Award conferred by American Chemical Society (ACS), United States (2010)
  • Membrane X-Prize conferred by Oasys Water Inc., United States (2010)
  • NWRI-AMTA Fellowship for Membrane Technology conferred by National Water Research Institute (NWRI) Americam Membrane Technology Association (AMTA), United States (2010)
  • Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship (IEF) conferred by European Union, Svizzera (2012)


  • Effective member - ANDIS, Italia (2019-)
  • Effective member - GITISA, Italia (2015-)

Editorial boards

  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (2020-), Scientific Committee member
  • FRONTIERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (2018-), Associate Editor of magazine or editorial series


  • Interfaces Against Pollution/ Huazhong Agricultural University, Cina, 14-17/5/2021, Program committee
  • Interfaces Against Pollution/ University of Montpellier, Francia, 10-13/6/2018, Program committee
  • Membranes for Liquid Separation and Water Treatment: Environmental Applications and Future Perspectives - Torino (Italy), Program chair

Other research or teaching roles outside Politecnico

  • Primo ricercatore at Università di Ginevra (1/5/2013-28/2/2015)
  • Primo ricercatore at Yale University (1/9/2010-31/8/2012)

Roles as evaluator or expert

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships. 2018

Research networks

  • GITISA. Partecipazione (formalizzato).