Philippe François-Xavier Corvini (born 1972 in Korea) obtained PhD in Biotechnology at
ENSAIA (France). He is full professor and head of the Institute for Ecopreneurship at the
School of Life Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern
Switzerland (FHNW). He obtained habilitation at RWTH Aachen and University of Basel.
He is a specialist of the biodegradation of micropollutants. Significant achievements by
Corvini and his team were i) the discovery of ipso-substitution mechanism in the
biodegradation pathways of endocrine disrupting alkylphenols like nonylphenol and
bisphenol A in Sphingomonas sp. strain TTNP3 ii) the co-existence of sulfonamide
resistance genes and sulfonamide catabolic genes in Microbacterium sp. strain BR1.
Last but not least, his interest for interdisciplinary environmental research is worth
mentioning. For instance, the group of P Corvini was among the first ones taking
advantage of developments in nanotechnology to produce and apply enzymes
immobilized onto nanoparticles for wastewater treatment and lignin depolymerization.
The group of P Corvini is now taking on the challenge of controlled bioprinting of
microbial biofilms for the bioremediation of contaminated environment (water, soil,
He is co-author of more than 100 papers.
He is/was involved in several European projects as coordinator, manager and partner.
He is also adjunct professor at Nanjing University and at the Yancheng Institute of
Environmental Technology and Engineering and Doctor Honoris Causa of Iasi
University. He is vice-president of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB) and
chairs the Environmental Biotechnology section of EFB. He is member of the sub-
committee Biotechnology of IUPAC and the board of the International Society of
Environmental Biotechnology. He is also member of the scientific advisory board of the
Swiss Federal Office of the Environment.