Dr. Raffaella Meffe
Raffaella Meffe graduated in 2007 in Geological Sciences from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy). During almost 2 years (2005-2007), her master thesis "Hydrogeological characterization of the recharge area of the Velino river springs" focused on hydrogeological studies of an extensive karst aquifer of central Italy, strategic for the water supply of the city of Rome. In 2007, she spent 3 months at the Italian Agency for the Protection of the Environment and Territory (ISPRA ex APAT) investigating about the remediation of contaminated sediments. Afterwards, she obtained in 2007 the “Grant for Abroad Training” from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” that promoted the collaboration with the Freie Universität of Berlin (Germany).
In March 2011, she obtained the PhD in hydrogeology at the Freie Universität of Berlin. Her doctoral thesis “Fate of Para-Toluenesulfonamide (p-TSA) during Drinking Water Treatment and In-Situ Enhanced Remediation: Column Experiments, Field Study and Numerical Modelling” was conceived as a multidisciplinary and multiscale project to solve the problem of contamination of the groundwater used to supply the city of Berlin. During the 3 years of her PhD project, she specialized in the design and development of infiltration reactors and in the modeling of reactive transport (at field and laboratory scale) of inorganic and organic compounds (emerging pollutants) applying software for increasing complexity simulations. In 2009, she obtained the research grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In the context of her PhD research, she has been working during two months in the laboratories of the Berlin water company (Berliner Wasser Betriebe - BWB) preparing water samples for emerging contaminant detection through HLPC MS/MS.
In June 2011, she obtained a MARIE CURIE AMAROUT grant to develop her research work at IMDEA Water Institute about 1.) Reactive transport modeling, especially of emerging contaminants; 2.) Removal processes affecting emerging contaminants in the saturated and unsaturated zone; 3.) Water reuse and treatment using vegetation filters. She has participated in the CONSOLIDER Tragua project: "Treatment and reuse of water for a sustainable management" about reuse techniques and evaluation of the contaminant behaviour in the saturated and unsaturated zone. The project has been awarded with the first prize by the IWA "2010 Prizes for Excellence in Sustainable Urban Water Management" for innovation in the sustainable management of urban waters.
She continued her activity in this research area during 3 years (2013-2015) in the framework of the project "Water Reuse: beyond the Royal Decree". Since 2015, she is involved in the European ERA-Net Biodiversity program TALE (Towards multifunctional agricultural landscapes in Europe: Assessing and governing synergies between food production, biodiversity and ecosystem services). She participates actively in the research group FILVER (Vegetation Filters and Extensive Purification Technology, UAH-URJC).
Her research activity is reflected by several publications in peer review journals and participation in national and international congresses. She has co-supervised a PhD thesis (UAH) about the behavior of pharmaceuticals in the unsaturated zone and numerous master projects whose topics are all related to contamination and management of water resources. Since 2011, she is a professor of the Master in Hydrology and Water Resources Management of the UAH and URJC and since 2014 of its blended version.