Federico Volpin

Process Engineer
Federico Volpin

PhD Eng (Chemical)
MSc (Urban Water Engineering)
BSc (Civil Eng)

Federico is a Process Engineer with experience in membrane technology, microbiology, and resource recovery from municipal and industrial wastewater. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering at University of Technology Sydney (UTS), an MSc in Urban Water Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and a BSc in Civil Engineering at the University of Padova (Italy).

Prior to his relocation to Australia, he worked for a membrane manufacturing company in Denmark and South Korea. There, he assisted the team in the manufacturing and quality control of thin-film composite membranes for both wastewater treatment and seawater desalination. He also operated and optimised two pilot plants for the treatment of dairy and municipal wastewater, respectively. During his PhD he designed and operated a membrane bioreactor pilot plant to achieve full nitrification of high-strength source-separated human urine wastewater. The treated urine, which was pathogens free and non-odorous, was used as a fertiliser by the Sydney Royal Botanical Garden. His research granted him the UTS Research excellence award and was featured in the journal “the Conversation.au” and by the ABC radio.

He enjoys both the hand-on experience of plant operation as well as process modelling, data analysis, and visualisation. At CWT, he aims to strengthen his understanding of best industry practices in the Australian water and wastewater sector, and to assist in both the troubleshooting and operation of existing plants and the design and commissioning of new plants.