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Materials and technologies for the sustainable Conservation and Fruition of Cultural Heritage



Research activities of ISMN are focused on the knowledge and conservation of Cultural Heritage (CH) by means of nano-technologies and nano-sciences, especially for the:

  • Advanced chemical, physical, morphological and structural characterization of the artifacts; 
  • Innovative synthesis and validation of low toxic and environmentally-friendly materials 
  • Development and implementation of sustainable conservation methods.

ISMN expertises in chemistry, materials science and nano-technologies applied to the CH field allow us to address a variety of issues concerning: (i) micro and nano-chemical, physical and morphological study of ancient artefacts (metals, glasses, ceramics, stones, mortars and paper) for the determination of their material composition, provenance, production processes and manufacturing technologies; (ii) assessment of the conservation state and study of chemical-physical phenomena at the micro and nano-scale for the identification of degradation agents and mechanisms ; (iii) design, synthesis and validation of new, long-lasting, reliable and non toxic materials and methods for conservation and their tailored application and validation.
The specific nature of the high value artifacts requires non-destructive and rarely - only when strictly necessary – micro-invasive treatments. Based on non-invasive or non-destructive analysis, data are processed in different ways in order to address problems of archaeometric interest (provenance studies, dating, technological expertise, exchange of knowledge and technologies and trade relations in the past) and conservation interest (monitoring of microclimate, storage environments and conditions, assessment and validation of innovative materials).
Research activities are also devoted to the identification and reconstruction of the ancient technologies for the production of CH artifacts.
The synthesis of innovative materials and products formulations has the protection of the environment and that of the health and safety of the restorer as its major targets, together with the preservation of CH items. In particular, sustainable nanostructured films and smart coatings for corrosion inhibition are developed, tested, optimized and validated.

Projects

Collaborations

Progetti Attivi

 AcronimoTitoloResponsabile scientifico

NANORESTART

NANOmaterials for the REStoration of works of ART

Dr. Ingo

TECLA 

Nanotecnologie e Nanomateriali per i Beni Culturali

Dr.ssa Casaletto

HERACLES

Heritage Resilience Against CLimate Events on Site

Dr.ssa Padeletti

InnovaConcrete

Innovative materials and techniques for the conservation of 20th century concrete-based cultural heritage

Dr.ssa Di Carlo

Progetti Conclusi

 AcronimoTitoloResponsabile scientifico

MEDAL

Mediterranean Conservation Alliance

Dr. Ingo

CHEMUSY

Cultural Heritage MUltiplatform System

Dr. Ingo

CNR-CNRS Marocco

New low-toxic and environmentally friendly corrosion inhibitors for the conservation of copper-based artifacts

Dr.ssa Casaletto

CONCYTEC

Analisi della manifattura metallica precolombiana del Perù, con particolare riferimenot a oggetti d'oro e ricoperti d'oro

Dr. Ingo

 

Nanomateriali e nanotecnologie per lo sviluppo sostenibile e il patrimonio culturale

Dr.ssa Casaletto

 

Assessment of best practises for a safe exposure and storage of Cultural Heritage artefacts

Dr.ssa Casaletto

Nel corso dell’ultimo decennio ISMN ha collaborato nell’ambito di progetti europei e nazionali con la PMI Assing SpA per la progettazione, implementazione e validazione di sistemi portatili per analisi in situ (XRF e EIS).

La collaborazione con Assing (in differenti settori) generalmente si attiva quando sussistono cornici progettuali oggetto di finanziamento che al momento non sono attive.

La ditta Kriterion (Restauro archeologico su beni culturali tutelati e restauro architettonico) ha commissionato ad ISMN la valutazione dello stato di conservazione e lo studio del degrado di reperti di sigilli in piombo del Museo Archeologico “A. Salinas” di Palermo.

Interpretazioni analitiche su importanti reperti storici, hanno contribuito alla realizzazione di molti cataloghi di mostre e musei  delle Soprintendenze Archeologiche ed Istituzioni Estere.

Nazionali
Museo Archeologico “A. Salinas”, Palermo
Galleria Regionale Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo
Museo Diocesano, Palermo
Centro Regionale per la Progettazione ed il Restauro della Regione Siciliana, Palermo
Soprintendenza ai Beni Archeologici di Palermo
Soprintendenza ai Beni Archeologici di Agrigento
Università di Palermo,
Italian Association of Conservation Scientists, IACS – Roma
Dipartimento Scienze Umanistiche “Sapienza “ Roma
Università Federico II, Napoli
Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma
Soprintendenza Archeologica di Potenza
Museo Nazionale Romano
Museo Etrusco di Valle Giulia
Museo Pigorini
Museo Nazionale di arte Orientale
Museo Archeologico di Napoli
Università di Milano
Elettra Trieste

Internazionali

Museo Copto, Cairo, Egitto
Università di Kenitra, Marocco
National  Research Centre., NRC, Cairo, Egitto
Museo del Louvre
Museo di Sevres
Museo di Cluny
Museo di Ecouen
C2RMF- Paris
- Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro
- Dipartimento Scienza dei Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica, Politecnico di Torino, Torino
- Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, Museo Nazionale Romano, Roma
- Soprintendenza Archeologica alle province di Cagliari e Oristano, Cagliari
- Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell’Abruzzo, Chieti
- Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica, Università di Sassari, Sassari
- Dipartimento di Energetica, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Roma
- Dipartimento di Chimica, Università di Firenze, Firenze
- National Institute of Laser Enhanced Science, Cairo University (Egypt)
- Ege University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Protohistory and Near Eastern Archaeology, Turkey
- Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas,CENIM, Madrid (Spain)
- National Research Centre, Cairo (Egypt)
- National Technical University of Athens, 9, Iroon Polytechniou(Greece)
- Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, Heraklion (Greece)
- Hercules Laboratory and Évora Geophysical Centre, University of Evora (Portugal)
- Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, Lima (Perù)
- Museo “Tumbas Reales de Sipán”, Lambayeque (Perù)
- Museo El Brujo-Signora di Cao (Perù)