Dr Bernardino Virdis

Senior Research Fellow

Advanced Water Management Centre
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 334 63218


Dr Bernardino Virdis is Research Fellow at the Advanced Water Management Centre (UQ). He completed his PhD study in bioelectrochemical removal of contaminants from wastewater (The University of Queensland, 2010). He holds a BEng and a MEng in Environmental Engineering, both from the University of Cagliari (Italy). Dr Virdis is an expert in bacterial electrocatalysis and electrochemically-induced metabolic pathways. Applications include bioelectrochemical remediation of contaminants in water, soil and sediments, nutrients and energy recovery from waste streams, bioelectronics, production of biofuels and chemicals from CO2 through microbial electrosynthesis, biorefinery of wastes through electrochemically-assisted fermentation.

Research Interests

  • Microbial Electrochemical Technologies
  • Microbial electrosynthesis
  • Renewable energy
  • Nutrients recovery


  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cagliari
  • Masters of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cagliari


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Book Chapter

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

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

  • Freguia, Stefano, Virdis, Bernardino and Rabaey, Korneel (2013). Biofuels. In Edward F. DeLong, Stephen Lory, Erko Stackebrandt and Fabiano Thompson (Ed.), The Prokaryotes: applied bacteriology and biotechnology 4th ed. (pp. 373-381) 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. In Peter A. Wilderer (Ed.), Treatise on water science (pp. 641-665) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Science. doi:10.1016/B978-0-444-53199-5.00098-1

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