Vardè Massimiliano

Vardè Massimiliano Born in Vibo Valentia. Currently, he is Researcher (permanent position) at the Institute of Polar Sciences – CNR, since June 2019.
   - Degree (MS) in Chemistry (University of Rome “La Sapienza”);
   - Master's Diploma at the Department of Chemical Engineering (University of Rome “La Sapienza”);
   - Doctoral school in Chemical, Environmental and Safety Engineering (University of Rome “La Sapienza”), and Doctoral school in Chemical Sciences (University of Ferrara) where He obtained his PhD. Previously.

He carried out research activities at the:
   - Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes (CNR-IDPA) in Venice,
   - Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research (CNR-IIA) in Montelibretti (Rome), and afterwards in Rende (Cosenza),
   - Institute of Hygiene “G. Sanarelli“/Department of Public Health (University of Rome “La Sapienza”).

He taught General and Inorganic Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" as Adjunct Professor (Professore a contratto) (2008-2019). He collaborated with several research groups, developing and optimizing active and passive sampling strategies and chemical analytical methods for organic and inorganic micro pollutants (PCDDs, PCDFs, PCBs, PAHs, COVs, and heavy metals) as well as major ions. He applied chromatographic methods, in particular, gas-chromatography/mass spectrometry, to matrices such as ambient air, atmospheric particulate matter, atmospheric deposition and natural waters. His interests have been focused on quantifying levels of contaminants, studying their transport, dynamics, fate and environmental impacts, in urban, rural and remote areas. In recent years he has been focusing on the determination of mercury at ultra-trace levels by using atomic fluorescence techniques, in air and atmospheric deposition, as well as in potable waters. He has substantially improved some analytical aspects by eliminating the operational criticalities associated with Hg detection. In the framework of the Global Mercury Observation System (GMOS) project, coordinated by the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research (CNR-IIA). He was responsible for analytical mercury measurements in bulk and wet-only deposition samples from different remote sites at the CNR-ISP.

He is member of the research group carrying out measurements at the high-altitude Observatory of Col Margherita (MRG) in the Eastern Alps (Belluno Dolomites). This activity is within the scope of the iGOSP (Integrated Global Observing Systems for Persistent Pollutants, strand 3 - Global Change and Environmental Treaties) of the European ERA-PLANET project (2017-2020). He has been involved in several measurement campaigns, in an oceanographic campaign in the Mediterranean Sea on board the research vessel R/V “Urania” as Chief-Scientist, and in research activities (e.g. Integrative and Comprehensive Understanding on Polar Environments- iCUPE and Microtracer projects) at the CNR Arctic Station “Dirigibile Italia” as “Acting Station Leader” and “Field Scientist” in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard Islands, Norway (Four expedition, 2018-2022). In 2022, he was appointed as RSU (Trade-Union Representative) and as RLS (Workers Safety Representative) for the CNR Research Institutes of the Venice area.

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