Francesca Costabile

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Research Activity

Expertise and science interests:

Air Quality, atmospheric aerosol, and health effects. In particular, interested in the characterization of ultrafine particles; combustion generated aerosol and urban areas; black Carbon and carbonaceous aerosol, and relevant toxicology.


Education and training:

2004-2008: Ph.D. thesis at Tor Vergata University (Italy) in collaboration with CNR IIA (Italy), and Tsinghua/Peking University (China): combustion generated ultrafine particles in the urban atmosphere (mechanical eng.).
2002-2004: Fellowship at CNR IIA (Italy)
2000-2001: Study of environmental Chemistry at La Sapienza University (Italy): Postgraduate degree.
1995-2000: Study of environmental eng. at La Sapienza University, Rome. Dec 2000: Diploma/M. Degree passed cum laude


Work experience:

2002-now, scientist @ the Italian National Research Council (CNR)- permanent position since 2009.
2012-now: (contract) professor at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata, Physics Dept. - course: Atmospheric Chemodynamics.
2017-now: contracted by European Commission DG-MOVE as a scientific expert - Investigation of the quality level of the air inside the cabin of large transport airplanes and its health implication.
2018-2024:  National Academic Qualification as Associate Professor/ Area 02 – Physics/ Academic Discipline: 02/C1 - astronomy, astrophysics, Earth and planetary physics.


Post-doc and visiting:

2002-2007: Visiting researcher Tsinghua University and Peking University, Beijing, China – subject: urban air pollution in megacities.
2004-2007: Lecturer at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Engineering departments) and Venice International University.                                                                                                                                                                                      2008: Post-doc and Visiting researcher at fT, Leipzig, Germany - subject: ultrafine aerosol particles in the urban atmosphere.



Participated in more than 17 Intl projects.
- Chairperson, rapporteur, and member of the Scientific Committee of the EU-funded FACTS project ( ) – 2017/2019.
- P.I. of the CARE experiment (Carbonaceous Aerosol in Rome and Environs), Rome, February 2017 (…).

- Currently involved in RHAPS (Redox-activity and Health-effects of Atmospheric Primary and Secondary aerosol)
- P.I. of #8 projects under the Sino-Italian Cooperation Program for Environmental Protection (Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, China). Max Funding: “Air quality monitoring System – AQMS – phase I” [2 years/2.3 million euros] Suzhou, China.
- Member of the Steering Committee and beneficiary of the EU funded project DIAPASON : "Desert-dust impact on air quality through model-predictions and advanced sensors observations agreement - LIFE10 ENV/IT/391".
- Expert member of the EU CEN/TC 264/Working Group 32 on "Air quality - Determination of the particle number concentration".


Published more than 34 peer-reviewed articles -
Participated in several Intl scientific conferences. Editor for Atmosphere (
Referee for Intl journals including Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Atmospheric Environment, Science of the total Environment, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.

Language skills: Italian (mother tongue), English (fluent), French (fluent), German (beginner), Chinese (beginner).