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We are an interdisciplinary group working on atmospheric sciences, public health, and paleoclimate. 

Read more at: Coordination chemistry in the atmosphere

Coordination chemistry in the atmosphere

Water is one of the main atmospheric components, present in the form of vapour, rain, cloud, fog droplets, and deliquescent atmospheric aerosols (hygroscopic aerosol at high humidity). The presence of a liquid water phase in the atmosphere promotes reactions that would not occur otherwise. One important class of reactions is complexation of metals by organic ligands.

Read more at: Paleoclimate reconstruction from organics in ice cores

Paleoclimate reconstruction from organics in ice cores

Ice cores have provided information on the past atmosphere on a time scale dating back to 800,000 years ago. We are interested in terrestrial and marine biogenic emissions, their atmospheric fate and potential information they can unfold when found in ice cores from the polar regions.

Read more at: Nanoscale patterning in plants

Nanoscale patterning in plants

Nature produces wonderful colours. While a large proportion is due to dyes and pigments, some of them are due to regular structures on the surface of a tissue (such as petals) that are able to relflect lights. Such colours, known as "structural colours", change depending on the angle from which you look at them and seem to paly a role in attracting pollinators.

Read more at: Source apportionment of air pollution

Source apportionment of air pollution

Air pollution poses a burden on human health and represent the largest environmental risk factor behind premature deaths. Knowing the sources of air pollution allow us to plan reduction strategies and influence policy making. We use receptor modelling techniques to extract the emission sources of aerosol from their chemical composition.

Recent Publications

An update of the Worldwide Integrated Assessment (WIA) on systemic insecticides
J-M Bonmatin, C Giorio, F Sánchez-Bayo, M Bijleveld van Lexmond
– Environ Sci Pollut Res Int
A new method to assess the acute toxicity toward honeybees of the abrasion particles generated from seeds coated with insecticides
A Lentola, C Giorio, E Petrucco Toffolo, V Girolami, A Tapparo
– Environmental Sciences Europe
Methiocarb metabolites are systemically distributed throughout corn plants grown from coated seeds
A Lentola, C Giorio, S Bogialli, M Roverso, M Marzaro, V Girolami, A Tapparo
– Environmental Chemistry Letters
Metal ion release from fine particulate matter sampled in the Po Valley to an aqueous solution mimicking fog water: Kinetics and solubility
V Di Marco, A Tapparo, D Badocco, S D’Aronco, P Pastore, C Giorio
– Aerosol and Air Quality Research
Formation of metal-organic ligand complexes affects solubility of metals in airborne particles at an urban site in the Po valley
A Tapparo, V Di Marco, D Badocco, S D'Aronco, L Soldà, P Pastore, BM Mahon, M Kalberer, C Giorio
– Chemosphere