Position: Permanent Staff
Phone: 055 4573324
Fields of Interest and Expertise
Studying the occurrence and fate of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Emerging Organic Compounds (EOCs) in wastewater treatment plants.
Development of analytical methods to separate and analyse POPs and EOCs in environmental matrices.
Studying the levels and fate of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in indoor and outdoor environments.
Development of CSIA protocol procedures for tracing organic contaminant sources and processes.
Contribution in understanding the long-range transport and fate of POPs (i.e. PCBs, PBDEs, chlorinated pesticides, PAHs) especially in remote marine environments, such as Antarctica.
Transport, distribution and accumulation mechanisms of organic compounds in organisms.
Effects of POPs in human health and biota
Characterization and source apportionment of the organic content of PM10 and PM2.5 in remote and urban areas.
Separation of chiral enantiomers by reversed-phase (RP)-thin layer chromatography (TLC) on new stationary phases.
Environmental Analytical Chemistry - Organic Compounds (LM Chemical Sciences - Florence)
Nov 2002 – present: Researcher on Analytical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Florence (Italy).
Sept 2010 – Aug 2012: Marie-Curie Research Fellow, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster (UK).
May 2002- Nov 2002: Post doctoral research associate, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point (VA, USA).
Apr 2002 – Oct 2002: Research collaboration with Department of Chemistry, University of Florence.
Jan 2001 – Aug 2001: Exchange visitor at Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, Gloucester Point, Virginia, USA.
Nov 1998 – Nov 2001: PhD student in Environmental Sciences. Department of Chemistry, University of Florence, Italy. Thesis title: “Study of organic pollutants in the coastal area of Leghorn (Italy), Terra Nova Bay (Antarctica) and Altamaha and Satilla Rivers (USA)”.
May 1998- Nov1999: Research collaboration with Department of Public Health, Epidemiology and Environmental Analytical Chemistry, University of Florence.
1998: Degree in Chemistry (equivalent to MSc) at University of Florence. Experimental thesis on “Transfer of organic compounds at the air/water interface in a wastewater treatment plant”.
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