Massimo Raboni


Assistant Professor. Coordinator of both the research area and the didactic activities regarding the environment and safety topics. He is co-author of more than 40 international publications.

Teaching assistant since 2006 in various courses (i.e. hydraulics, fluid mechanics, applied ecology, environmental impact assessment, occupational health and safety, relevant accidents and risk analysis), he is now teacher of “Management of environment and safety in the industry”, “Environmental Technologies for the Industry” and “Management of major accident risks” in the M.Sc course of Industrial Engineering.

He earned his Master degree in Environmental Engineering in 2006 at the University of Pavia (Italy). In July 2010 he defended his PhD thesis in Civil Engineering on the “Numerical and experimental analysis of multiphysics phenomena” at the University of Pavia. The subjects dealt also with the analysis of two-phase flows and the oxygen mass transfer in activated sludge systems for wastewater treatment equipped with turbulent jets.

Post-doc fellow at the:

  • Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Pavia (Italy), where he deepened the issues studied during the PhD programme (2010-2011);
  • Science and High Technology Department of the University of Insubria (Varese, Italy), where he worked in the field of the environmental and safety management of hazardous materials transport (2011-2013);
  • Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering Department of the Politecnico di Milano (Italy), where he contributed to the study of an electrochemical process for the removal of phosphates and arsenic from both freshwater and wastewater (January-September, 2014). 

During the period 2006-2008 he was also member of an Italo-Brazilian research team working on the sustainable development of the river Pojuca basin management plan (Bahia, Brazil) as water quality modelling expert.

Selected Publications

Raboni, M., Torretta, V., Viotti, P. Treatment of airborne BTEX by a two-stage biotrickling filter and biofilter, exploiting selected bacterial and fungal consortia. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, (in press). doi: 10.1007/s13762-016-1127-8

Raboni M., Torretta V. A modified biotrickling filter for nitrification-denitrification in the treatment of airborne ammonia. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, (in press). doi: 10.1007/s11356-016-7694-x

Torretta V., Collivignarelli M.C., Raboni M., Viotti P. Experimental treatment of a refinery waste air stream, for BTEX removal, by water scrubbing and biotrickling on a bed of Mitilus edulis shells. Environmental Technology, 36(18), 2015, 2300-2307. doi: 10.1080/09593330.2015.1026289

F. Tatti, M.P. Papini, M. Raboni, P. Viotti Image analysis procedure for studying Back-Diffusion phenomena from low-permeability layers in laboratory tests. Scientific Reports, 6:30400, 2016, 1-11. doi: 10.1038/srep30400

Luciano A., Torretta V., Mancini G., Eleuteri A., Raboni M., Viotti P. The modelling of odour dispersion as a support tool for the improvements of high odours impact plants. Environmental Technology (in press). doi: 10.1080/09593330.2016.1205146

Viotti P., Raboni M., Torretta V. LCA-based software aimed at limiting the CO2 within an integrated MSW management system. Proc. 3rd Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy (SUM2016), 23-25 May 2016, Bergamo (Italy)

Viotti P., Collivignarelli M.C., Martorelli E., Raboni M. Oxygen control and improved denitrification efficiency by dosing ferrous ions in the anoxic reactor. Desalination and water treatment, 57(39), 2016, 18240-18247. doi: 10.1080/19443994.2015.1089200

Raboni M., Gavasci R., Viotti P. Influence of the Retention Time Distribution (RTD) in the denitrification reactor on the dissolved oxygen control and the nitrogen removal efficiency. Water science and technology, 72(1), 2015, 45-51. doi: 10.2166/wst.2015.188

Raboni M., Torretta V., Viotti P., Urbini G. Calculating specific denitrification rates in pre-denitrification by assessing the influence of dissolved oxygen, sludge loading and the mixed-liquor recycle. Environmental Technology, 35(20), 2014, 2582-2588. doi: 10.1080/09593330.2014.913690

Copelli S., Raboni M., Urbini G. Water Pollution: Biological Oxidation and Natural Control Techniques. Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering, In Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409547-2.11419-2

Raboni M., Torretta V., Urbini G., Viotti P. Automotive shredder residue: a survey of the hazardous organic micro-pollutants spectrum in landfill biogas. Waste management and research, 33(1), 2015, 48-54. doi: 10.1177/0734242X14559300

Torretta V.,  Raboni M., Copelli S., Urbini G. Application of a decision support system to the transport of hazardous materials. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 12(10), 2013, 2031-2040.

Torti E., Sibilla S.,  Raboni M. An Eulerian-Lagrangian method for the simulation ofthe oxygen concentration dissolved by a two-phase turbulent jet system. Computer and Structures, 129, 2013, 207-217. doi: 10.1016/j.compstruc.2013.05.007

Torres E.A., Cerqueira G.S., Ferrer T.M., Quintella C.M., Raboni M., Torretta V., Urbini G. Recovery of different waste vegetable oils for biodiesel production: A pilot exprerience in Bahia State, Brazil . Waste management, 33(12), 2013,  2670-2674. doi: 10.1016/j.wasman.2013.07.030

Torretta V., Martínez de Giraudo S.L., Vázquez Minguela J., Siñeriz F.d,  Raboni M., Copelli S.,  Rada E.C., Ragazzi M. Treatment of effluents from slaughterhouses using anaerobic filters. Environmental Technology, 35 (3), 2014, 322-332. doi: 10.1080/09593330.2013.827729


School of Industrial Engineering

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Specialization and Interests

Biological treatment of gaseous effluents; wastewater treatment (i.e. nitrogen removal); water and air quality modelling; CFD; occupational health and safety; hazardous materials transport.