Dr. F. (Francesco) Di Maio

Dr. Francesco Di Maio is currently research director of the Recycling Laboratory at Delft University of Technology. After his MSc in Chemical Engineering, Francesco finished his PhD study in Environmental Technical Physics in the Department of Technical Physics at Palermo University. During the post-doctoral work at Tsinghua University in Beijing, he has been involved in the construction of the building energy research center located within the school of Architecture. In 2015 Francesco received a MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management. Within the Resources & Recycling group at Delft University of Technology he has been involved in research on Waste Separation, Recycling, Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy issues.

Research interests

Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency, Waste Separation, Recycling

It is clear that with the current linear “take-make-dispose” economy, it is not possible to guarantee the ongoing quality of life to future generations. Therefore it is necessary to move towards an economic model that decouples economic growth from material input: The circular economy. My research aims at developing a new methodology and metrics to measure circular economy and resource efficiency at at micro, meso and macro levels.

  • Circular Economy in Construction
  • TA2060 - Data Analysis and Geostatistics
  • Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy 
  • Di Maio, F., Rem, P. C., BaldĂ©, K. & Polder, M.
    “Measuring resource efficiency and circular economy: A market value approach”. Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 2017. 122, p. 163-171.

  • Di Maio, F., Rem, P.
    “A Robust Indicator for Promoting Circular Economy through Recycling”. 2015. Journal of Environmental Protection. 2015, 6, p. 1095-1104

  • Bonifazi, G., Serranti, S., Potenza, F., Luciani, V. & Di Maio, F.
    “Gravity packaging final waste recovery based on gravity separation and chemical imaging control”. Waste Management. 60, p. 50-55.

  • Di Maio, F. (ed.), Lotfi, S. (ed.), Bakker, M. (ed.), Hu, M. (ed.) & Vahidi, A. (ed.)
    Proceedings of the HISER International Conference: Advances in Recycling and Management of Construction and Demolition Waste, 21-23 June, 2017, Delft University of Technology. 359 p.
  • Method and system to convert demolished concrete into a readily recyclable product.
  • “Cost-Effective Recycling of C&DW in High Added Value Energy Efficient Prefabricated Concrete Components for Massive Retrofitting of our Built Environment”. Acronym: VEEP. Funded by the European Commission (H2020 programme). Project website: www.veep-project.eu.
  • “Holistic Innovative Solutions for an Efficient Recycling and Recovery of Valuable Raw Materials from Complex Construction and Demolition Waste”. Acronym: HISER. Funded by the European Commission (H2020 Programme). Project website:  www.hiserproject.eu/
  • “Development of recovery processes for recycling of valuable components from FPDs (In, Y, Nd) for the production of high added value NPs”. Acronym: RECYVAL-NANO.  Funded by the European Commission (FP7 Programme). Project web site: www.recyval-nano.eu
  • “Advanced Technologies for the Production of Cement and Clean Aggregates from Construction and Demolition Waste”. Acronym: C2CA. Funded by the European Commission (FP7 Programme). Project web site: www.C2CA.eu.
  • “Innovative Methodologies for Sustainable Waste Management”. Funded by the Dutch Academy or Art and Science (KNAW) with the contribution of Tianjin University (China) and Chongqing University (China).
  • “Magnetic Sorting and Ultrasound Sensor Technologies for Production of High Purity Secondary Polyolefins from Waste”. Acronym: W2Plastics. Funded by the European Commission.
  • “Human resources development for the improvement and protection of environment in Asia”, Acronym: ProtEA. Funded by the European Commission. Asia-Link Programme).
  • “Toward a better environment: Implementation of energy saving buildings in China. Acronym: ENER-C. Funded by the European Commission (Asia-Link Programme).

Reviewer for the European Commission projects.

Francesco Di Maio

Research director of Recycling Lab

Engineering Structures

Resources & Recycling

Mrs. A.P.M. Barnhoorn

Dr. F. Di Maio