Meffe, Raffaela

Dr. Raffaella Meffe

Deputy Director


Hydrogeology. Free University of Berlin, Germany


Contaminants of emerging concern in the environment. Planned and unplanned water reuse. Health risk.

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IMDEA Water. Avenida Punto Com, 2. Parque Científico Tecnológico de la Universidad de Alcalá. Alcalá de Henares. 28805 MADRID


Deputy director of IMDEA Water. PhD in Natural Sciences (specialty in hydrogeology) at the Freie Universität of Berlin (2011), MSc in Geological Science at the Sapienza University of Rome (2007). In June 2011, she obtained a MARIE CURIE AMAROUT grant to develop her research work at IMDEA Water Institute. Her research is mainly focused on: 1. Natural attenuation and health risk of contaminants of emerging concern in the environment; 2. Nature-based solutions and water reuse; 3. Fate of micronanoplastics in soils and groundwater.

She has participated in more than 15 research projects, in 2 of them as principal investigator. She has co-directed a doctoral thesis (UAH) on the behavior of pharmaceuticals in the unsaturated zone and she is currently co-directing 3 doctoral theses (UAH), related to her three main lines of research.

Since 2011, she is professor of the Master in Hydrology and Water Resources Management of the UAH and URJC and since 2014 of its blended version. She has directed more than 30 master projects about contamination and water resources management. Her research activity is reflected in more than 35 publications among scientific articles and scientific-technical reports, and in the participation in more than 45 national and international conferences.