Research activities mainly focused on the development of innovative hydro- and biohydro-metallurgical processes in environmental and industrial applications:
- Recovery of metals from high tech wastes such as batteries, lamps, printed circuit boards, cathodic ray tubes, liquid crystal displays, photovoltaic panels, catalysts;
- Synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles by electrodeposition and microemulsion method;
- Production of biofuels and fine chemicals by microalgae;
- Biosorption of heavy metals in wastewater treatment.
Prof. Pagnanelli is author of more than 70 scientific articles published in peer reviewed
international journals in the field of chemical and biochemical engineering and
She participated at several international conferences where she presented oral
communications and posters (more than 50 contributions in book of proceedings with ISBN).
She is inventor and co-owner of three European patents for the recycling of batteries and photovoltaic panels (EP1684369A120060726; EP2450991A120120509; PCT/IT2014/000124).