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Daniela Cuna

Project leader for ENEA

Daniela Cuna

Daniela is a researcher at ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development). She focused on the study of the effect of xenobiotic compounds (DDT, DDE, PCBs) on cetaceans, fishes, birds and bugs Antarctic. The research carried out at Enea concerns the development of environmentally friendly processes to convert lignocellulosic materials, pretreated with steam explosion, into biofuels and industrial product of high added value. Over the years, she gained experience in the production of bio-ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass. In particular, she has specialized in the improvement of the fermentation processes of the sugars mixtures by pure culture and co-cultures of yeasts, both with free cells and immobilized cells in carriers (Ca-alginate and PVA beads, Silica-hydrogel biofilms). She also has conducted studies on the microbial inhibition, due to the pretreatment by-products (organic acids and aldehydes) and ethanol.