Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning
Portrait of Massimo Collotta.

Massimo Collotta

Postdoctoral Fellow
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room E103
613-533-6000 ext. 78058

I was born in Riva del Garda, in Italy in 1986. Undergraduate degree in Management Engineer (2009) with a thesis on the optimization of picking process at Arcese Trasporti warehouse. Master in Management Engineer (2011) at University of Brescia in logistic and supply chain management with a thesis on the production and scheduling management at Reynaers Aluminium. Ph.D. degree in 2015 in Design and Management of Integrated Logistic and Productive Systems at University of Brescia with a thesis on life cycle analysis of innovative energy processes and technologies. Innovation, technologies and entrepreneurship are my words for my future.


  • Ph.D. in Design and Management of integrated logistic and productive systems. (University of Brescia, Italy)
  • M.Sc. in Management Engineering (University of Brescia, Italy)
  • B.Sc. in Management Engineering (University of Brescia, Italy)

Research Interests:

The research topic is the use of LCA methodology. The LCA is a technique used to assess the environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from “cradle to grave”. It is carried out by the collection and evaluation of the inputs, outputs and the potential environmental impacts of the products system throughout its life cycle. LCA facilitates also the comparison of environmental performance of different products on an equal basis, ensuring a “level playing field”. In addition, LCA can be used in a wider perspective, for example for the comparison of services, processes or scenarios.

My research is focused on the assessment of the environmental performance of the life cycle of different innovative industrial plants, connected with environmental innovative energy processes and technologies. Some case studies are analysed during my Phd. For example processes for the treatment of fly ashes from MSWI (Municipal Solid Waste Incinerator), processes for the production of electricity from biogas and processes for the production of biodiesel from microalgae. Right now im working on two different projects. The first project was an analysis of a novel system to produce microalgae, using flue gas and wastewater to supply carbon dioxide and nutrients (respectively), and comparing traditional oil extraction with a new option for isolating lipids from biomass using carbon dioxide as a solvent. This project was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and has attracted industrial support from a major cement company (who provide the flue gas) and from large municipal wastewater treatment utilities (in Kingston and Vancouver, Canada).

The second project in which im involved my expertise is a life cycle assessment to broader questions of sustainability associated with biofuel production. This project is funded by BioFuelNet, a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence focused on developing renewable fuels for transport. The project is designed to use life cycle assessment to identify ‘hot spots’ - places of large environmental impact - in the production of specific biofuels, including algal biofuels as well as biofuels based on agricultural and forest waste.