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Giuseppe Bagnato     PhD Student

School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Institute of Mechanical, Process & Energy Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, UK



    Office: JN 3.03

    Phone: +44 (0) 131 451 4737





In 2014 Giuseppe obtained a MEng in Chemical Engineering at University of Calabria (Italy) with the thesis “Experimental and modelling analysis of the Water Gas Shift Reaction in dense Pd-Ag membrane reactor for hydrogen production” in collaboration with the Institute on Membrane Technology of the Italian National Research Council (ITM-CNR). He studied the influence of operating condition on the system in terms of CO conversion and hydrogen recovery. Furthermore, the experimental data were used to feed an artificial neural network (ANN) for process modeling. The ANN model was developed for optimising the system to achieve maximum high hydrogen recovery. He continued to work in ITM-CNR until June 2016, in particular investigating the bio-ethanol steam reforming reaction using Pd-based membrane reactor for hydrogen production. Different membrane types: commercial dense Pd-Ag self-supported and composite dense Pd-based membrane were investigated. He co-authored 4 scientific papers, 1 book chapter and 5 conferences proceedings. Currently, he is starting a PhD with the aim to integrate catalytic membrane reactors in bio-refineries.

Recent Publications:

  1. M. Jokar, M.R. Rahimpour, A. Shariati, A. Iulianelli, G. Bagnato, A. Vita, F. Dalena, A. Basile, Pure hydrogen production in membrane reactor with mixed reforming reaction by utilizing waste gas: A case study, Processes, 4 (2016),33-48. DOI:10.3390/pr4030033.
  2. A. Iulianelli, M. Alawia, G. Bagnato, S. Liguori, J. Wilcox, M.R. Rahimpour, B. Anzelmo, A. Basile, Supported Pd-Au membrane reactor for hydrogen production: membrane preparation, characterization and testing, Molecules, 21 (2016), 581. DOI: 10.3390/molecules21050581
  3. G. Bagnato, A. Vita, C. Italiano, M. Laganà, C. Fabiano, C. Rossi, A. Iulianelli, A. Basile, Pure hydrogen production from steam reforming by bio-sources, Int. J. Memb. Science Tech., 2 (2015) 48-56. DOI:
  4. A. Basile, V. Palma, C. Ruocco, G. Bagnato, S.M. Jokar, M.R. Rahimpour, A. Shariati, C. Rossi, A. Iulianelli, Pure hydrogen production via ethanol steam reforming reaction over a novel Pt-Co based catalyst in a dense Pd-Ag membrane reactor (an experimental study), Int. J. Memb. Science Tech., 2 (2015) 5-14. DOI:
  5. A. Basile, S. Curcio, G. Bagnato, S. Liguori, A. Iulianelli, Water gas shift reaction in membrane reactors: theoretical investigation by Artificial Neural Networks model and experimental validation, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 40 (2015) 5897 – 5906 DOI: