Pier Giorgio Pifferi
Prof. Pier Giorgio Pifferi
R & D Director
- Pier Giorgio Pifferi was born in Sassuolo (Modena, Italy) on September 15, 1932.
- In 1957, he received a degree in Chemistry from the University of Bologna.
- Throughout 1958 and 1959, he was a technical laboratory chemist at Marazzi Ceramic Tile Group and managing director of production for San Giorgio Tile Group, Sassuolo. From 1960 to 1963, he was chief chemist of the control laboratory at the Consorzio Nazionale Bieticoltori (i.e. National Association of Sugar Beet Farmers).
- During the years 1960 and 1961, he was a Fellow at the CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (i.e. National Research Council) and a scholarship holder at the Institute of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, University of Padua, and later assistant professor of Food Chemistry until 1965.
- In 1966, he joined the Department of Industrial Chemistry of Bologna where he worked as an associate professor in Quantitative Chemical Analysis until 1970 and as an associate professor in Inorganic Industrial Chemistry from 1970 to 1982.
- From 1971 to 1980, he worked as a lecturer of Inorganic Industrial Chemistry Analysis at the Department of Industrial Chemistry, University of Bologna.
- From 1980 to 2001, he was a full time professor in Food Technology at the Department of Industrial Chemistry, University of Bologna, and served as director of the Specialization School of Food Chemistry and Technologies from 1988 to 2000.
- From 1989 to 1998, he worked as coordinator of the PhD in "Applied Biocatalysis and Industrial Fermentations."
- From 2001 to 2005, he was a grant professor of "Unit Operations of Food Technologies" at the University of Verona.
- He is inventor of more than 30 patents in Food Chemistry (among them the "selenium potato" and the more recent “agronomic biofortification of plants using lithium and selenium”), Chemical Technology and Enzyme Technology.
- Since 2001, he has been the Director of Research & Development at I.D.Tech S.r.l., Bologna.