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Cristina Onorato

Cristina Onorato, M.Sc.

Scientific staff
Research group “Sustainable Bioeconomy”
Room: 506
Phone: +49 721 608-22705
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Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Postfach 3640
76021 Karlsruhe


2013 - 2016 Master Degree in Chemical Engineering – summa cum laude.
University of Palermo. Department of Chemical, Management, Informatics, Mechanical Engineering, Palermo (PA), Italy.
Title of the thesis: “Ion Exchange Membranes for RED with non-NaCl salts”
2009 - 2013 Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering
University of Palermo, Department of Chemical, Management, Informatics, Mechanical Engineering Palermo (PA), Italy
Title of the thesis: “Hydrothermal treatment of microalgae with compressed water”

Professional background

since 2017 Member of scientific staff at ITAS
2016 - 2017 Research assistant at Membrane Technology Group, Institute for Functional Interfaces, KIT
2015 Internship at FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V.- Open Innovation, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Project title: “Research towards salt and solvent selection for Reverse Electrodialysis (RED) Process, in Red Heat to Power EU project”.

Current positions

  • Staff member in the project “ABACUS
  • Staff member in the project “ALG-AD

Fields of work

  • Life cycle assessment
  • Techno-economic assessment
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Process simulation

Selected publications

Cristina Onorato, Laura J. Banasiak, A. I. Schäfer
Inorganic trace contaminant removal from real brackish groundwater using electrodialysis. Separation and Purification Technology, 187 (2017) 426-435.

Cristina Onorato, Maximillian Gaedtke, Michael Kespe, Hermann Nirschl, Andrea I. Schäfer
Renewable energy powered membrane technology: Computational fluid dynamics evaluation of system performance with variable module size and fluctuating energy. Separation and Purification Technology, Volume 220, 1 August 2019, Pages 206-216


Onorato, C.; Rösch, C.
Comparative life cycle assessment of microalgae cultivation technologies for added value compound production.
2019. Algae Biomass Summit (2019), Orlando, FL, USA, September 16–19, 2019 
Onorato, C.; Rösch, C.
Comparative life cycle assessment for h. pluvialis cultivation with different technologies for astaxanthin production.
2019. Workshop "Alg’in Provence" (2019), Arles, France, October 1–2, 2019 
Onorato, C.; Rösch, C.
Comparative environmental and economic assessment of the production of natural astaxanthin in different photobioreactors.
2019. International Conference AlgaEurope (2019), Paris, France, December 3–5, 2019 
Onorato, C.; Rösch, C.; Bergmann, P.; Pradelles, R.
Life cycle assessment of added value compounds production with microalgae.
2019. 29th SETAC Europe Annua Meeting (2019), Helsinki, Finland, May 26–30, 2019 
Onorato, C.; Rösch, C.
Life cycle assessment of add value compounds extraction from microalgae.
2018. 5th International ISEKI_Food Conference, Stuttgart-Hohenheim, July 3-5, 2018 
Onorato, C.; Rösch, C.
Integrated life cycle assessment (LCA) of a combined ALG-AD process.
2018. 14th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries (2018), Ghent, Belgium, May 30–June 1, 2018 
Onorato, C.; Rösch, C.; Bergmann, P.
Life cycle assessment of H. Pluvialis cultivation for carotenoids production.
2018. AlgaEurope (2018), Amsterdam, Netherlands, December 4–6, 2018