Dr Matthias Alfeld – studied chemistry at the University of Hamburg (DE) and did a double PhD at the Universities of Antwerp (BE) and Hamburg (DE). In his PhD he developed the first practical XRF scanners for the investigation of entire historical paintings and applied them with his colleagues in the investigation of more than 100 paintings by artists such as Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh and Caravaggio. After his PhD he worked for two years as a PostDoc at the German Synchrotron DESY in Hamburg (DE), implementing multivariate analysis for spectroscopic imaging data.
Since 2015 he is Junior Chair at the CNRS Laboratory for Molecular and Structural Archaeology (LAMS) at the Sorbonne University (Paris, FR), studying the pigment use in antiquity by spectroscopic imaging
Susanna Bracci – received a master Degree in Chemistry at the University of Florence. From 1988 to 1993 she was fellowship at IROE-CNR (now IFAC-CNR). From 1994 to1996 she was Researcher (3rd level) at Institute for Applied Physics “Nello Carrara” IFAC-CNR (former Research Institute on Electromagnetic waves-IROE-CNR). From 2002 to 2007 she was Researcher (3rd level) at CSCOA-CNR (from 2002 ICVBC-CNR). From 2007-today she is Senior Researcher (2nd level) at at the Institute for the Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritage of national council of Research (ICVBC-CNR)
Her research activity is mainly devoted to the study of the performances and characteristics of the materials for the conservation of stone materials. She is also leading the ICVBC Mobile laboratory for the in-situ diagnostics of works of art including paintings, frescoes and glasses (mosaics and stained glass windows).
She is author of more than 200 publications (including 70 international journals and contributions to books) and more than 100 technical reports
Prof Dr Augustine Doronila – is currently a Senior Analyst with the Technology Platform – Trace Analysis for Chemical, Earth and Environmental Sciences. He worked in Italy and Switzerland as a contract horticulturist from 1985-89. In 1989, Augustine moved to Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia working as a Senior Tutor and Research Associate for 12 years with the the Department of Environmental Biology, where he was involved in post mining land rehabilitation with different mining and extractive industries.
He then took his Doctoral studies at the School of Botany, University of Melbourne in 2001 on phytoremediation of arseniferous gold mine tailings. He was also a research fellow with the environmental and analytical chemistry research group at the School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne and undertakes research on arsenic and mercury bioavailability and food chain transfer, heavy metal bioavailability, metal hyperaccumulation in plants, soil chemistry and plant nutrition, restoration ecology, post mining reclamation. As well as these he has been collaborating with Conservation scientists in the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Material Conservation, University of Melbourne in the chemical characterisation of cultural materials
Daniel Fabian – founded and is currently head conservator of Fabian Restauratoren. As part of his training he studied both at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, as well as The Fog Art Museum, Center for Conservation and Technical Studies. Fabian has published extensively in a large number of scientific papers. His main research focus has been his investigations into lead isotope research culminating in the paper D. Fabian, V. Köppel, G. Fortunato: Following the trace of lead white pigments in 17th century paintings. EU-ARTECH Workshop on Seventeenth Century Northern European Painting Techniques, to be held at the National Gallery London on December 12th 2005
Dr Lorenzo Giuntini – is an applied nuclear physicist. He presently serves as one of the responsibles of the tandem accelerator in Florence and is associate professor of experimental physics at the University of Florence, Italy. He has been one of the founders of LABEC, the Florence laboratory of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) for the study of Cultural Heritage (CH) and environment by nuclear techniques, and of INFN-CHNet, the INFN network for the development and application of physics instruments, methods and technologies to the study and conservation of CH. He has been the initiator of the Florence external microbeam and of the XRF portable instrumentation. From June 2017, is member of the team of the MACHINA project for the development of a portable accelerator. He has published more than 60 research papers in international refereed journals along with invited chapters in books
Dr Irka Hajdas – a is a researcher and a lecturer at ETH Zurich. She is a specialist in radiocarbon dating with research interest focused on accurate and precise radiocarbon based chronologies. For the past three decades, she has been working on issues related to calibration of radiocarbon ages and a selection and purification of material for 14C analysis. Applications of the methods include archeology, geochronology and cultural heritage including paintings and historic objects such as manuscripts and textiles. The various studies have been published in more than 140 peer-reviewed articles
Dr Eberhard H. Lehmann – received his PhD in physics from the Academy of Science Berlin. He started his career in reactor physics of the fast breeder reactor by designing different reactor configurations for reactivity measurements with the aim to improve the nuclear data knowledge. After his move to Switzerland he participated in the operation of the 10 MW research reactor with respect to the core layout and the practical applications of neutron beams from that facility. This know-how was very essential to establish new methods in the field of neutron imaging at the newly build spallation neutron source at the Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen, Switzerland. He became head of the Neutron Imaging & Activation Group (NIAG) and organized the 10th World Conference on Neutron Radiography in 2014 in Grindelwald, Switzerland.
The new neutron imaging stations allowed also the investigation of objects from cultural heritage. Therefore, he initiated a network among museums experts within Switzerland and on European level for systematic studies of bronzes from Roman, Renaissance and Asian origin. After his retirement, he continues in such studies and transfers his knowledge with research papers, talks and dedicated new studies.
Dr Marco Leona – is the David H. Koch Scientist in Charge of the Department of Scientific Research at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He studied Chemistry (M. Sc., 1991) and Crystallography (PhD, 1995) at the University of Pavia, Italy.
Dr Leona started his career in art conservation research at the Conservation Research Laboratory of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He has held research scientist positions at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and at the Los Angeles County Museum Art LACMA. He is currently the head of the Department of Scientific Research of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he supervises a team of eleven scientists conducting research on artists’ materials and techniques and on art conservation. Since 2010 Dr. Leona has taught Analytical Chemistry at the Conservation Center of New York University’s Institute of Fine Art
Prof Dr Roger Lewis – is a Senior Professor of Physics and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He is an expert and pioneer in the application of terahertz-frequency radiation to physical systems of fundamental and practical interest. The basis for this is set out in his book Terahertz Physics (Cambridge, 2013). The approach has been employed in such diverse areas as the analysis of soil and soil constituents, industrial production lines, and paints and pigments. Lewis serves on the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council and is a member of the board of the International Society for Infrared, Millimeter and Terahertz Waves
Dr Serge Mathot is physicist at CERN since 1995. He finished its PhD at the University Notre Dame de la Paix (NAMUR-Belgium) in 1992 in a laboratory for the analysis of materials by nuclear reactions. Its works were related to the analysis of gold artefacts and the development of a new soldering procedure. Before joining CERN, he made a post doctorate in a European Joint Research Center (JRC-Geel) on Hydrogen profiling by resonant nuclear reaction. At CERN, he was in charge of the development of the vacuum brazing facilities and was leading for several years the assembly section in the Mechanical and Materials Engineering group. He has been involved in several project related to the construction of RFQ (Radio Frequency Quadrupole) accelerators. He is now the project leader for the PIXE-RFQ project developing the first transportable proton accelerator. This project is developed in collaboration with INFN. He is also the technical coordinator for the CLOUD experiment at CERN and is involved in the development and improvement of Cherenkov detectors for the Experimental Area group in the Engineering department
Dr Lachlan McInnes – has recently completed a PhD in chemistry from the University of Melbourne. His PhD focused on the synthesis and characterization of radioactive diagnostic agents for neurodegenerative disease. Lachlan also holds a BSc and MSc in chemistry from the University of Melbourne. He is currently a Post-Doctoral researcher at the University of Melbourne
Prof Dr Maria Perla Colombini – She holds the position of Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Pisa and in the period 2013-2017 she also was the Director of the Institute for Conservation and Valorization of Cultural Heritageof CNR. She teaches in the courses of Analytical Chemistry and Chemistry of Cultural Heritage. She is the Director of the Pisa University Summer School of Diagnosis in Cultural Heritage. She is coordinating the SCIBEC research group at the Department of Chemistry (www.scich.it). She is the principal investigator of several national and international research projects for the safeguard of Cultural Heritage. Her research has resulted in over 300 publications in refereed journals and books, and in over 400 lectures (60 invited) at national and international congresses. She cooperates with national and international research groups of Universities and several Research Institutions, including Opificio delle Pietre Dure (Florence, Italian Ministry of the Cultural Heritage), Getty Conservation Institute (LA, USA), University of Malta, Duke University (Durham, USA), University of Saragozza (Spain), University of Southern Denmark (Odense,DK), University of London (UK), Tate Gallery (UK), North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, USA), etc
Francesco Taccetti – is a physicist, presently employed as “technologist” by INFN, and works at LABEC, Florence, a laboratory devoted to applications of nuclear techniques to Cultural Heritage and environmental problems.
Since about 2000, he has become one of the technological leaders at LABEC, where he followed the commissioning of the new tandem accelerator, and is now R&D coordinator for the Cultural Heritage branch, dealing with Ion Beam Analyisis (IBA) and Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) measurements. Thanks to his experience in mechanical apparatuses, detectors, electronics and data acquisition systems, since 2006 he has been the principal investigator, for ten years, in experiments funded by the INFN Fifth National Committee (CSN5, Technological and Interdisciplinary Research) aimed at improving cutting-edge technologies in the field of Cultural Heritage for both applications of IBA and AMS (radiocarbon dating), besides the development of portable instrumentation like spectrometers for X Ray Fluorescence (XRF)
David Thurrowgood – is Director of Applied Conservation Science Pty Ltd, which provides high level analytical services to the cultural heritage industry, including synchrotron radiation based commercial experiments. David has university degree education in Arts, Analytical Chemistry and the Conservation of Cultural materials. He has twenty years’ experience in the cultural heritage profession, including in the roles of Senior Conservator National Museum of Australia, Head of Conservation at the National Gallery of Victoria and Manager Collection Care State Library of New South Wales. David’s career highlights include directly conserving (restoring) the first cast of Auguste Rodin’s “Thinker” sculpture, the resurrection of viable yeast from a 220 year-old submerged shipwreck beer bottle and commercial release of a beer, and the publication in a Nature masthead journal of a widely read article on the recovery of a “lost” painting by Degas but synchrotron x-ray fluorescence that was among the top 100 read articles of all 22,000 published by Nature in 2017. David has completed over 25 successful synchrotron experiments with private and government partners in the cultural heritage sector, including Australian and international collaborations with grant funding. David works closely with staff at the Australian Synchrotron in technique development and producing research outcomes. He actively seeks to promote the technological capabilities in Australia for cultural heritage research, including accessible nuclear reactor and synchrotron based instrumental technologies
Frederik Vanmeert – holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry and is currently undertaking his PhD research at the Antwerp X-ray analysis, Electrochemistry and Speciation (AXES) research group at the University of Antwerp. In his research, he applies various X-ray imaging techniques available at synchrotron radiation facilities for the study of pigment alteration processes that take place inside paint layers. Furthermore, he has developed mobile X-ray diffraction scanners capable of visualizing the distribution of pigments in painted works of art. Throughout his research he has collaborated closely with several museums, such as the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, the musea Bruges, the Van Gogh museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Kröller-Müller museum
Dr Maurizio Vretenar – is an applied physicist specialised in particle accelerators. Since 1988 he is working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, where he has exercised several responsibilities including being the project leader for the design and construction of Linac4, the new injector of protons for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that was inaugurated in May 2017. He is presently the Coordinator of ARIES (Accelerator Research and Innovation for European Science and Society), a large collaborative project of 41 European universities, laboratories and industries aiming at the development of novel particle accelerator technologies within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. He is in parallel Advisor for International Relations for the Accelerators and Technology sector of CERN and he is in charge of the CERN medical accelerator programme. His present scientific interests cover the applications of particle accelerators outside of the scientific field, in particular to medicine, industry, and cultural heritage. The author of more than 100 scientific publications on different aspects of particle accelerators, he is an elected member of the Accelerator Group of the European Physical Society, and is a member of several scientific committees and groups
Dr Zachary Voras – is an analytical chemist with a focus in soft materials interface analysis. Zachary received his PhD in 2017 under the tutelage of Dr. Thomas P. Beebe, Jr. at the University of Delaware with a dissertation entitled “Binding Medium Alteration and its Effect on Fine Art Painting as Observed by Surface Analysis”. During his time as a graduate researcher he was able to work and publish on various projects related to soft materials in cultural heritage science. These works included novel identification of an unpigmented imprimatura layers in Raphael’s Madonna of the Candelabra, selective fatty-acid degradation of egg tempera layers in various Renaissance paintings, as well as fatty acid degradation associated with cadmium yellow paints in Matisse’s Le Bonheur de Vivre. He received his B.S in Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2011 where he conducted archaeometry research into chemical signatures of residues found in ancient steatite vessels. He is currently employed at the University of Delaware in the Interdisciplinary Sciences Learning Laboratories (ISLL) program teaching an integrated chemistry/biology curriculum to first-year STEM majors as well as conducting research into visualization methods for STEM education
Dr Inez Dorothé van der Werf – has been working as conservation scientist for over twenty years. In 1991 she has obtained a post-graduate Diploma in conservation of paintings from the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro in Rome and in 1996 she has been awarded with a master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Bari (Italy), performing the research for her thesis within the framework of the MOLART project at AMOLF (Amsterdam). In 2011 she got a PhD in Chemistry of Innovative Materials from the University of Bari, where she is currently employed as post-doc researcher in Analytical Chemistry.
During the past years she has worked on the development and application of mass spectrometric techniques – Py- and SPME-GC/MS, MALDI-MS – for the characterisation of binders, resins, dyes and pigments. Her recent research activities are focused on the analysis of modern paint and ink, the development of nanomaterials for the treatment of stone and wall paintings and analysis of amber.
Since many years she is involved in research requests from museums, cultural heritage organizations and private conservators. This research addresses the study of organic and inorganic materials as well as the evaluation of restoration treatments and includes different artworks: easel paintings, polychrome sculptures, stucco, wall paintings, mosaics, stone monuments, etc. For this research she uses a combination of techniques: microscopy, micro-Raman and FTIR spectroscopy, (Py)-GCMS, MALDI-MS and VIS-reflectance spectroscopy.
She has a broad experience in teaching as well as in assisting BSc, MSc and PhD students. Her work has been widely published in the chemistry and art conservation literature