The research activities of the Laboratory of Environmental Physics ( is mainly directed to the study of the dispersion of pollutants in the atmosphere. In particular, the “particulate matter”,  often known by the ugly term “particulate matter”, has important effects and still largely unknown both on health and on the climate.The research on the composition, distribution, sources and effects of particulate matter is carried out with the development of experimental techniques, ranging from nuclear  to optical analyses, and with the development of computational meteo-diffusive models, which allow us to predict the concentration of pollutants in the atmosphere from the local to the continental scale. In 2017, ChAMBRe (Chamber for Aerosol Modeling and Bio-aerosol Research) was installed: this is the first Italian atmospheric simulation chamber. ChAMBRe is part of the EUROCHAMP2020 European consortium ( and is a structure specialized for the study of bioaerosol, in particular the bacterial component Many of the experimental techniques find applications in areas such as materials analysis and conservation of cultural heritage. The line of research in the physical environment has also resulted in the creation of a university spin-off, which operates inside the Department of Physics of UNIGE and which is going to sign an agreement with INFN too.

Ongoing projects: TRACCIA

Staff: Dario Massabò, Paolo Prati, Vincenzo Ariola, Franco Parodi, Marco Brunoldi

Post-doc and PhD students: Silvia Giulia Danelli, Virginia Vernocchi