Beatrice Cantoni is a Junior-Assistant Professor (RTD-A) at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Milano working on water treatment and related human and environmental risks. She holds a PhD degree in Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Politecnico di Milano.
In her research, she combines emerging contaminants fate modelling with Quantitative Chemical Risk Assessment to include uncertainties in human health and environmental risk assessment in several applications in the Water-Food Nexus. Moreover, she focuses on the performance assessment, modeling and optimization of several technologies for emerging contaminants removal in drinking and wastewater combining lab-scale experiments, full-scale monitoring and advanced big-data analyses.
She grew her international network thanks to two PhD visiting periods at the German Environmental Protection Agency (Berlin), where she studied PFAS and pharmaceuticals adsorption on activated carbon, and KWR Water Research Institue (The Netherlands), where she developed a Quantitative Chemical Risk Assessmet (QCRA) procedure. Moreover, she performed a MITACS Accelerate Post-Doc at University of Western Ontario (UWO) in Canada for evaluating an innovative technology for emerging contaminants removal for wastewater potable reuse.
Involved in several International research projects, and Vice-Chair of the Italian Young Water Professionals (YWPs) network of the International Water Association (IWA), she was recognized with four national and international awards, including the AXA Research Fund Individual Grant (2022).