La.R.A. CentreEnvironmental Health Engineering Laboratory (L.I.S.A.)

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The laboratory

The environmental health engineering laboratory (Lisa) analyses (chemical, physical, microbiological, environmental) and engineering services applied to business issues.

Lisa is an iso/iec 17025:2018 accredited laboratory (accredia certification – lab number 1820 l)

Working environments

The laboratory consists of 6 different sections necessary for conducting analyses: on wastewater, on drinking water, on waste, on sediments, of a microbiological nature, for experimental and research activities. Moreover, inside the laboratory, there are reception areas for thesis students, “sectoral” areas (weighing room, waste storage, experimental areas), two offices for technical and academic staff and a cold room (for storing the samples to be analysed at 4°c).

The laboratory is structured around several rooms equipped with the most advanced equipment and instrumental techniques for performing chemical, chemical-physical, microbiological and product analyses in matrices of various kinds for most environmental applications.


Through a flexible and dynamic organisation, the Lisa group guarantees research and teaching activities in engineering for the environment and the territory of uke and a series of external services adapted to the needs through professional synergies that allow the areas of intervention to be broadened and deepened.

Laboratory manager – Prof G. di Bella

Associate professor (SSD. icar03) at the architecture and engineering faculty of uke. Lecturer in “sanitary-environmental engineering” and “advanced solid waste treatment” in the degree course in civil and environmental engineering, “advanced water processes”, and “contaminated site remediation” in the degree course in civil engineering. Coordinator and member of numerous scientific committees of university masters and post-graduate training courses.
Since 2012 he has been the coordinator of numerous institutional assignments at uke. In addition, he has participated directly in the drafting of numerous conventions, which were then submitted for signature to the lawyer, being “responsible” for all conventions/accounts for actions concerning environmental health engineering and related to l.i.s.a.

Regularly carries out supplementary activities and support for teaching and research and is responsible for and/or a member of national and international interest research projects.

He is the author of more than 140 publications on environmental health engineering topics, published in national and international journals, books and conference proceedings, and numerous publications and reports for scientific and educational purposes. The publications cover the topics of interest: wastewater treatment, analysis and control of water bodies, waste management and remediation of contaminated sites, water supply, and urban drainage.

Head of quality and chemical analysis – Dr Ing M.G. Giustra

Maria Gabriella Giustra (piazza Armerina, 1975), graduated in engineering for the environment and territory at the University of Catania. she obtained her doctorate at the same university discussing her thesis “study on the influence of process parameters in a desorption system at laboratory scale”. Since 2012 she has been a research fellow in environmental health engineering at the kore University of Enna.

In the time spent at the faculty mentioned above, he carried out research activities at the environmental health engineering laboratory. In the same laboratory, he acted as co-rapporteur to draft several experimental theses and tutored engineering students in the internship phase. In addition, he coordinated and managed laboratory activities regarding research and third-party activities. He collaborated in several third-party monitoring and environmental remediation activities on solid and liquid matrices.

Worked on several research projects on the remediation of contaminated sites and the treatment of civil and industrial wastewater to design and construct several laboratory-scale plants. He has been assisting and collaborating as a tutor in the course of “advanced processes and treatments of solid waste” (Bachelor’s degree course in environmental civil engineering) and the course of “remediation of contaminated sites” (Master’s degree course in civil engineering). Since 2010 he has been a lecturer in environmental health engineering icar 03. he has participated in several conferences as a speaker and published scientific articles.

Head of microbiological analysis – Dr G. Rabbeni


The environmental health engineering laboratory is home to various research activities on environmental issues, including environmental monitoring, pollution control processes and treatment of various soil, water and air matrices.

Qualified technicians and professionals supervise the research activity. Requests for contract research activities can be made directly to the head of the laboratory.

1) water sector:
• analysis of natural waters;
• analysis of civil and industrial wastewater;
• analysis of groundwater;
• characterisation of sludge and leachates.

2) Contaminated sites sector:
• characterisation of contaminated sites;
• analysis of groundwater in reference;
• analysis of soil and subsoil samples.

3) Waste sector:
• characterisation of hazardous and non-hazardous waste;
• goods analysis, elution tests, matrix breath tests;
• assessment of the energy that can be produced from waste and biomass.

4) air sector:
• analysis and control of emissions.

5) Asbestos sector:
• risk assessment, control and remediation of brownfield sites.

Research products

The laboratory enables the development of innovative ‘experiments’, which have been the subject of numerous international publications

  • ISI magazines
  • non-isi journals
  • book
  • national magazines
  • conference proceedings
  • di trapani d., di bella g., messineo a., volpe m., volpe r., viviani g. (2019).   assessing methane emission and economic viability of energy exploitation in a typical sicilian municipal solid waste landfill. waste and biomass valorization, may 2018, pages 1-12. issn: 18772641
  • bruno p., campo r., giustra m.g., de marchis m., di bella g. (2020). bench scale continuous coagulation-flocculation of saline industrial wastewater contaminated by hydrocarbons. journal of water process engineering volume 34, april 2020, article number 101156. issn: 2214-7144
  • lumia l., giustra m.g., viviani g., di bella g. (2020) washing batch test of contaminated sediment: the case of augusta bay (sr, italy). appl. sci. 2020, 10(2), 473 issn 2076-3417
  • bruno, p., acampa, g., giustra, m.g. parisi, c.m., de marchis m., di bella g. g. (2020). optimization of management choices of clariflocculation process by means of qualitative multi-criteria analysis. water sci technol. 2020, 81(5): 1011–1028. issn: 0273-1223
  • bruno p., de marchis m, di bella g. (2020). large eddy simulation of contact tanks for disinfection in drinking water treatment. part of the ercoftac series book series (erco, volume 27), 2020, 27, 503-508 issn 1382-4309
  • bruno p., di bella g., de marchis m, (2021). effect of the contact tank geometry on disinfection efficiency. aip conference proceedings volume 2343, 30 march 2021, article number 110010international conference of computational methods in sciences and engineering 2020, iccmse 2020; crete; greece; 29 april 2020 through 3 may 2020; code 168111. issn: 0094243x
  • bruno p., di bella g., de marchis m, (2021). effect of the contact tank geometry on disinfection efficiency. journal of water process engineering volume 41, june 2021, article number 102035. issn: 22147144

External services

Lisa is now an important reality, which has made it possible to stimulate and encourage interaction between the university and organisations and companies interested in the protection and depollution of water, air and the treatment of waste and reclaimed land.

The environmental health engineering laboratory also provides other services and analytical laboratory activities. These are professional services in numerous business and environmental interest fields, provided by the laboratory either directly or in conjunction with specialised resources. In each case, the focus is placed on the company’s real needs, and the resulting actions are correctly sized. The aim is to build up an ongoing dialogue. We discuss regulatory requirements and business strategies, analysis and measurements, process and product improvement, solutions to problems, and competitive strengthening. In this dialogue lies the real added value that we offer our customers: continuous attention and real availability that reduce problems and bring objectives closer. The activities are entrusted to highly trained and experienced technicians.

Quotes for third parties

The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture applies its own fee schedule for all analytical tests on water-soil-air matrices.

It is specified that discounts and percentages of reductions in unit amounts may be applied concerning the number of tests requested employing special agreements. In the case of tests not provided for in the price list, items will be formulated from the list specifically defined by the laboratory manager.

For information contact:

Prof di Bella Gaetano:
tel. 0935 536 576