Senior Scientiist at the Centre National des Recherches Scientifiques (CNRS)
Dr. Paola Formenti is senior researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. She was appointed as junior researcher on 1st January 2004, when she joined the Laboratoire Interuniversitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques (LISA) as a member of the "MEREIA group".
Her research focuses on the physico-chemical and optical properties of atmospheric aerosols. She is PI of the multi-instrumented airborne platform AVIRAD onboard the ATR-42 aircraft of the French research fleet managed by SAFIRE and of the ground-based platform PEGASUS (Portable Gas and Aerosol Sampling Units). She has been a regular user of European research aircraft such as the UK C-130 and the BAe146 managed by FAAM, the CESSNA Citation managed by NLR, and the ATR-42 managed by the SAFIRE. Since 2004, she leads the In situ aerosol Expert Working Group (EWG) of the EU EUFAR project. More recently, she has become involved with the simulation chamber CESAM (Chambre Experimentale de Simulation Atmosphérique Multiphasique).
She is the PI of the Henties Bay Aerosol Observatory in Namibia looking at marine, dust and biomass burning aerosols emitted and transported over the tropical South-East Atlantic.
Her work in field observations and experimental simulation of atmospheric chemistry and physics has resulted in 95 peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters.
2011 : Habilitation diploma – « Experimental assessment of the physico-chemical and optical properties of mineral dust relevant to their direct radiative effect » - University Denis Diderot - Paris 7
2000 : PhD in Sciences – Physics and Astronomy – “Measurements of aerosol properties in the troposphere » - University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) and Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Mainz, Germany)
1995 : Master in Sciences - Physics - University of Genoa (Italy)