University Ca' Foscari Venice


The University Ca' Foscari Venice (UNIVE) has an internationally outstanding reputation of academic excellence in both research and teaching. Founded in 1868 as the first Italian high school devoted to commerce and economics, it has grown and developed new relevant subject areas and nowadays is composed of 8 Departments. The Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics (DAIS) supports research activities on integrated approaches and tools for the assessment and management of impacts and risks posed by environmental stressors, including nanomaterials, on human health and ecosystems. A main field of expertise consists in the development of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis methodologies supporting decision making on different environmental problems (e.g. contaminated sites, sustainable nanotechnologies) as well as methods for uncertainty and sensitivity analysis.

Key Persons

Antonio Marcomini is full professor of Environmental Chemistry at Ca’ Foscari University and has 30 years experience in environmental related issues. He is author/coauthor of over 219 papers published by international peer reviewed journals, his h-index is 40 (according to WOK).


Annamaria Volpi Ghirardini is associate professor of Ecology at Ca’ Foscari University and has 25 years experience in applied ecology and marine/estuarine ecotoxicology. She is author/coauthor of 53 papers published by international peer reviewed journals, her H-index is 16 (according to SCOPUS).


Elena Semenzin is assistant professor. PhD in Environmental Sciences, her research interests are in Environmental Risk Assessment applied to both traditional and emerging pollutants (including nanotechnologies) along the products/processes life cycle and including the sustainability concept.


Danail Hristozov is a research associate in Environmental Sciences. He is performing integrative research across the fields of risk assessment and governance of engineered nanomaterials, including MCDA approaches for decision support.


Marco Picone graduated in Environmental Sciences at the University of Venice on October 2003, then he specialized in ecology and ecotoxicology attending an internship at Danmarks Tekniske Universitet in Lyngby and obtaining his PhD in Environmental Sciences at the University Ca 'Foscari of Venice. His main fields of interest are ecology of the aquatic environments, especially estuarine (coastal lagoons) and marine coastal areas, and the effect of sediment and water contamination towards the biotic community.


Andrea Brunelli is post-doc in Environmental Sciences. His research interest is in advanced characterization and analytical determination of engineered nanoparticles and nanomaterials in standards, specimens, biological and environmental matrices.


Andrea Costa Devoti graduated in Environmental Sciences at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice (March 2014) with a thesis about phytotoxicity, specializing in macrophytes effects of nanomaterials used on remediation activity. He is now a PhD student in Environmental Sciences working on the potential ecotoxicological effect of iron (nano- and micro-) used on groundwater and soil remediation. He has also worked with algae and their response to different liquid matrices and bivalve mollusks studying the potential immunotoxicity due to antibacterials agent.


Elena Badetti is a senior research scientist at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics (DAIS) at University Ca’ Foscari of Venice. She has experience in organic synthesis, catalysis, coordination and supramolecular chemistry as well as in synthesis, functionalization and characterization of nanomaterials. She is author/co-author of 21 papers published by international peer reviewed journals.


Alex Zabeo is a Senior Researcher, Ph.D. in Informatics. His research activities focus on Decision analysis and Probabilistic Risk Assessment. He has proven expertise in development of Decision Support Systems (DSS) and in Multi-Criteria Decsion Analysis (MCDA) - Fuzzy Logic (FL) - Value of Information (VoI) based assessment methodologies.


Elisa Giubilato is a Post-doc research fellow at the Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics. She holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences and her research interests focus on the assessment of chemical risks and impacts on human health and ecosystems (for traditional chemicals and nanomaterials) and on sustainability assessment of innovative products and materials.