Ph.D., Land, Environment, Resources and Health (LERH), University of Padua, Italy, 2015
M.Sc., Strategic Environmental Management, University of Padua, Italy, 2012
M.Sc., Chemical Engineering for the Sustainable Development (curriculum: Industrial Ecology), University of Padua, Italy, 2010
B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, University of Padua, Italy, 2005
Life cycle assessment
Honors and Awards
2018 Mistletoe Fellowship: Unfettered Research Grant, for university-approved research-related activity conducted over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year, including conference travel support, purchases of equipment, software and database licenses.
Current Sponsored Projects
2018 USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship, Grant #: 2018-08118, Award amount: $164,985, Project length: 2 years. Start date: May 1, 2019.
Martinkus, N., Latta, G., Rijkhoff, S.A.M., Mueller, D., Hoard, S., Sasatani, D., Pierobon, F., Wolcott, M. (2019). A multi-criteria decision support tool for biorefinery siting: Using economic, environmental, and social metrics for a refined siting analysis. Biomass and Bioenergy 128, 105330. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2019.105330.
Pierobon, F., Huang, M., Simonen, K., Ganguly, I. (2019). Environmental benefits of using hybrid CLT structure in midrise non-residential construction: An LCA based comparative case study in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Journal of Building Engineering 26, 100862. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2019.100862.
Chen C., Pierobon F., Ganguly I. (2019). Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) Produced in Western Washington: The Role of Logistics and Wood Species Mix. Sustainability 11, 1278. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11051278.
Pierobon F., Eastin I., Ganguly I. (2018). Life cycle assessment of residual lignocellulosic biomass-based jet fuel with activated carbon and lignosulfonate as co-products. Biotechnology for Biofuels 11:139. DOI: 10.1186/s13068-018-1141-9.
Ganguly, I., Pierobon, F., Bowers, T., Huisenga, M., Eastin, I., Johnston, G. (2018). ‘Woods-to-Wake’ Life Cycle Assessment of Residual Woody Biomass Based Jet-Fuel Using Mild Bisulfite Pretreatment, Biomass and Bioenergy 108: 207–16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.10.041.
Rosenbaum S.A., Bergman R.D., Ganguly I., Pierobon F. (2018). A comparative life-cycle assessment of briquetting logging residues and lumber manufacturing coproducts in Western United States. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 34:11–24.
Francesca Pierobon is a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Her research is driven by her passion for the environment and her interest in the exploration of new strategies to improve the sustainability of processes and products.
Francesca worked on the life cycle assessment of residual woody biomass-based bio-jet fuel for the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance project. She was also involved in the environmental assessment of cross laminated timber in the Olympic Peninsula and in the evaluation of the environmental impacts associated with prescribed fires in the Pacific Northwest region.
Francesca is currently working on the techno-economic analysis and life cycle assessment of simultaneous production of polylactic acid and lignin-based co-products from residual woody biomass. Her research interest focuses on the analysis of the environmental impacts of innovative pathways to produce biofuels and biochemicals from residual woody biomass and other renewable resources.