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This webinar is part of the series

Science & Engineering Research for Cultural Heritage

The theme discussed in this webinar will be:

Micro and Macro FT-IR Spectroscopy and Imaging for Heritage Science


Dr Francesca Rosi

Researcher at the Institute of Science and Molecular Technologies, CNR-SCITEC (Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Chimiche)

Dr. Francesca Rosi is researcher at the Institute of Science and Molecular Technologies of CNR UOS of Perugia and scientific responsible of the CNR-ISTM within the project FUTURAHMA.

In 2005 she was awarded a Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Perugia (Italy), dissertation title “Spectroscopic studies for the conservation of mural paintings” after which she had a Post Doctoral fellowship Project title: “Spectroscopic investigation on materials of Cultural Heritage interest” (2005-2008). From the 2008 to 2010 she was a Project collaborator with the National Interuniversity Consortium for Science and Technology of Materials (INSTM) Project title: “Mid infrared vibrational investigation in reflection mode through fiber optic sampling probe”. From November 2010 to October 2011 she was a Post Doc fellow with CNR-ISTM Project title: “Spectroscopic study of the pigment effect on the stability of synthetic polymers used as binders in modern paintings”. She is an expert on advanced spectroscopic methods for the study of Cultural Heritage materials with a particular focus on non-invasive portable systems. She has participated and participates to the following national and international projects such as HEROMAT, IT@CHA, CHARISMA ed Eu-ARTECH. She is involved in the in situ activity of MOLAB and co-author of more than 15 scientific articles in international journals.

Professor Sergei Kazarian

Professor of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College

Porfessor Kazarian’s principal research interests are advanced vibrational spectroscopy, molecular interactions and materials processing. They develop FTIR spectroscopic chemical imaging methods and apply them to materials characterisation, pharmaceuticals, drug delivery, biomedical samples, microfluidics, high-throughput analysis of dynamic systems, nanostructured materials, forensic science and the analysis of objects of cultural heritage. Their research interests also include applications of Raman spectroscopy to polymeric and biomedical materials, including depth profiling with confocal Raman microscopy and nanoscale imaging with tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

Their current research interests include spectroscopic imaging of live cancer cells and tissues for advancing healthcare diagnostics; they also collaborate closely with neurosurgeons at the Charing Cross Hospital as well as participate in the activities of CLIRSPEC.

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About Science and Engineering Research for Cultural Heritage

A Network of Excellence connecting scientists & engineers with conservators & heritage professionals to find solutions to cultural heritage problems. The artworks, artefacts and structures inherited from the past have a powerful impact on our society, so the conservation of our cultural heritage is fundamental for future generations. This shared cultural heritage requires intervention to stabilise and prevent further degradation of often unique artefacts. This degradation results from use, ageing, unpredicted events, environmental conditions, and poorly chosen previous restoration treatments whose details are often unknown. Scientists and engineers can assist greatly by identifying the changes in the materials, the mechanisms of degradation, and predicting how the object will respond to conservation and display. This knowledge enables conservators to make informed choices about suitable treatments, so the conservation of cultural heritage is truly interdisciplinary.

About The Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering

The Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) is one of Imperial College London’s Global Institutes, drawing on the strength of its four faculties to address some of the grand challenges facing the world today. The Institute’s activities are focused on tackling problems where molecular innovation plays an important role.

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