Federica Persico

Cranfield University


Development of comprehensive framework of experimental and computational methods to determine the fate and transport of hazardous substances in the environment


Tracey Temple, Melissa Ladyman, Frederic Coulon

PhD Summary

The project aims to develop a framework of experimental and computational methods to predict the fate and transport of different contaminants into different matrices. Through different experiments made on UK landscapes, it will be possible to predict a transport pathway of contaminants in air, water and soil. This will also help to describe the consequences that each contaminant can have in the environment.

What inspires you?

I come from a small place in Italy, in the countryside. Since I was a little girl, I was raised in a house surrounded by nature. I used to spend a lot of time with my family just doing outside activities. So, I always felt that I need a constant connection with nature to feel at home.

Previous Activity

I did my undergraduate studies Degree in Science and Technology for the Nature and the Environment at “Federico II” University of Naples. During the dissertation period, I participated to a project on an Italian area, “Pozzuoli”, to make some basis of evaluation for a future land reclamation project and therefore to bring the area back to its optimal state of health. At the end of the project ,I discussed my thesis in front of an audience. At the University, I participated in some project such as “Resistivity evaluation in the subsoil of Phlegraean Fields Volcanic Area” to evaluate the caldera position of the Phlegraean Fields using Schlumberger array and Wenner array. "Environmental Impact Assessment" (EIA) and "Strategic Environmental Assessment" (SEA) to define an "Environmental Impact Assessment" (EIA) of "Penisola Sorrentina" area. “Biotic Index (BI)” to provide a simple measurement of stream pollution and its effects on the biology of the stream. These projects taught me not only to manage a series of data but also to work on the spot. Then I did an MRes in Environmental Sciences at the University of Portsmouth and I graduated with Distinction realising a project that helped to evaluate the presence of pollutants in Chichester Harbour (UK) sampling sediments, water and oysters.

Why did you choose Docotoral Research?

During my Undergraduate and my MRes I had the chance to participate in research groups, this allowed me to approach the University in a different way and to see things differently. I am very studious and curious; this helps me to analyse the problems in detail and to devote myself to understanding the solution. And what a better way to do it than through a PhD?

Why did you choose a CENTA Studentship?

CENTA provide the opportunity to do research and consequently fight the environmental challenges that we have nowadays. And that is what I was looking for.

What are your future plans

I think that a PhD helps not only to manage your time but also it helps to manage your life. I always wanted to be a researcher and work with the environment and that is what I want to do during my life. Help the environment through research.