Rooftop Design Talks presents:
The talk of Circular Venice will explore the most basic, however impactful idea behind the project: the use of waste material from the fishing industry to produce plastic composite materials.
A fish entrepreneur, Stefano Benetton will discuss about the problem that a considerable amount of shellfish is discarded during the bivalve production process, generating high amounts of solid waste. This solid waste is a problem to solve in the Delta of the Po River area, located between the Veneto and Emilia Romagna regions, where the production of bivalve mollusks reaches about 40.000 tons annually.
University of Venice is studying this waste called Sea Shell Waste as a substitute for calcium carbonate usually extracted from mines and quarries (disfiguring mountains and landscape) in Polymer compound. In particular researchers from the University of Venice (Prof. Benedetti Alvise group) are studying the chemical-physical properties of this waste in order to produce biomaterials. A Polymer Scientist (Marco Scatto) will talk about the industrial opportunity to transform this waste into a resource in the plastic sector for the production of several goods also in the industrial design field.
About the speakers:
Marco Scatto is an Industrial Chemist that works for several years in Polymer Science. He is the author of more than 20 papers published in international journals and of 5 patents. He realizes thermoplastic material with biopolymer and bio waste starting from a biomimetic approach which combine mechanical performance of polymer with aesthetical and circular properties of waste from several fields, vegetable and fish waste such as Sea Shell Waste. From this last waste is burn CIRCULAR VENICE project where the use of calcium carbonate, obtained from shells, provides important environmental benefits and a product with high added value, competitive and in line with the principles of circular economy.
Prof. Alvise Benedetti is a full professor of Physical Chemistry for 20 years until the spring of 2020 at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Now he is a Full Professor of Applied Chemistry. He is the author of more than 150 papers published in international journals and of some commercialized patents. His research mainly deals with physical-chemical studies on nanosystems for different applications. Recently, he has focused his research on the use mollusk waste for industrial applications. Past-Dean of the Faculty of Science(2010-2012) and Director of the Department of Physical Chemistry (2001-2007). He has been responsible for some projects supported by public and private funds. He is co-founder of the Center of Electron Microscopy “Giovanni Stevanato” supported by public and private funds. He is co-founder of the Heliv s.r.l.. Aries s.r.l. and Nasiertech s.r.l.
Stefano Benetton is a fish entrepreneur who specialized in shellfish farming. He is a biologist with long experience in environmental impact in marine ecosystems. From 2014 until now he coordinates 4 fish cooperatives that work in Delta Po Region.