Dr Bernardino Virdis

Senior Research Fellow

Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 334 63218


Dr Bernardino Virdis is Senior Researcher in Environmental Biotechnology at the Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology (ACWEB). He completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2010 investigating energy recovery from waste materials. The approaches used in Dr Virdis’ research draw on a range of expertise including environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, chemical engineering, material science, spectroscopy, electrochemistry and microbial catalysis, which he applies to develop sustainable biotechnologies for the treatment and reuse of waste streams. Dr Virdis publishes in major outlets in environmental science and technology, including the prestigious ISME Journal, Energy and Environmental Science, ChemSusChem, Water Research, Environmental Science & Technology, and more.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Circular carbon economy
  • Hydrogen economy
  • Microbial catalysis


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Masters (Coursework) of Engineering, Università degli Studi di Cagliari
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Università degli Studi di Cagliari


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Book Chapter

  • Millo, Diego and Virdis, Bernardino (2018). Spectroelectrochemistry of microbial biofilms. Functional electrodes for enzymatic and microbial electrochemical systems. (pp. 563-597) edited by Nicolas Brun and Victoria Flexer. London, United Kingdom: World Scientific Publishing. doi: 10.1142/9781786343543_0016

  • Ni, Bing-Jie, Pan, Yuting, Guo, Jianhua, Virdis, Bernardino, Hu, Shihu, Chen, Xueming and Yuan, Zhiguo (2017). Denitrification processes for wastewater treatment. Metalloenzymes in dentrification: applications and environmental impacts. (pp. 368-418) edited by Isabel Moura, Jose J. G. Moura, Sofia R. Pauleta and Luisa B. Maia. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Royal Society of Chemistry. doi: 10.1039/9781782623762-00368

  • Pikaar, Ilje, Virdis, Bernardino, Freguia, Stefano and Keller, Jurg (2014). Wastewater treatment (microbial bioelectrochemical) and production of value-added by-products. Encyclopedia of applied electrochemistry. (pp. 2111-2117) edited by Gerhard Kreysa, Ken-ichiro Ota and Robert F. Savinell. New York, NY, United States: Springer New York. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4419-6996-5_89

  • Freguia, Stefano, Virdis, Bernardino and Rabaey, Korneel (2013). Biofuels. The Prokaryotes: applied bacteriology and biotechnology. (pp. 373-381) edited by Edward F. DeLong, Stephen Lory, Erko Stackebrandt and Fabiano Thompson. Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-31331-8_33

  • Virdis, B., Freguia, S., Rozendal, R. A., Rabaey, K., Yuan, Z. and Keller, J. (2011). Microbial fuel cells. Treatise on water science. (pp. 641-665) edited by Peter A. Wilderer. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Science. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-53199-5.00098-1

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