Maria Luisa Astolfi

Starting from October 2020 Dr. Astolfi has the position of Researcher in Analytical Chemistry at Università di Roma “La Sapienza”. Since 2008 Dr. Astolfi has worked in the Chemistry Department with collaboration contracts and research fellowships. She graduated in Chemistry in 2005 at La Sapienza. In 2009 she attained the Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry with the following thesis: "Chemical characterization of suspended particulate matter in the atmosphere: analytical problems and studies for the identification of emission sources". Her researches are focused on the development of new analytical methods in the environmental, analytical, and bioanalytical field based on spectroscopic techniques. In particular, she develops innovative approaches for the elemental characterization of environmental and biological complex matrices such as food, air, water, urine, feces, hair, breast milk, serum, animal, and plant tissues. The results of her research ( are published on 63 papers on international scientific journals with impact factor. Her total citations are more than 1000, h-index 19 (Source: Scopus, April 2022; Dr. Astolfi is a member of the Editorial Board of several international journals (Plose One, Open Chemistry, Methods and Protocols, Analytica, Frontiers in Analytical Science). She is currently Guest Editor of the following special topics: "Advances in analytical strategies to study cultural heritage samples" of Molecules magazine; "Advances in Analytical Strategies to Study Biological and Environmental Samples" of the journal "Methods and Protocols" and "Contaminants in environmental matrices: occurrence, fate, and ecotoxicological aspects" of Frontiers in Analytical Science, Frontiers
Research activity
Scientific area: 
Analytical chemistry
Research activity: 
The researches mainly concern the development and validation of analytical methodologies for the evaluation of contaminants at trace level in environmental and biological matrices with the use of various instruments (inductively coupled plasma with optical detection, ICP-OES and inductively coupled plasma with mass detection, ICP-MS detection; atomic fluorescence spectroscopy – AFS; automatic instrumentation dedicated to Mercury Analysis - Automatic Mercury Analyzer – AMA; Ion chromatography; Ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy).
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