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MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE CONSERVATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE

Development of innovative and eco-compatible solutions for restoration, conservation and maintenance of cultural, artistic and monumental heritage.
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE CONSERVATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
CONTEXT

Cultural heritage encloses and hands down peoples' history to future generations.
Interventions aimed at conserving cultural heritage, and thus making it usable, are paramount to form future generations' consciousness.

The main goals of this research line are pointed towards the development of materials and solutions allowing suitable and long-lasting conservation actions:

> compatibility with original materials
> reducing environmental and energy impacts
> resistance toward environmental actions
> preservation of pieces of heritage's characteristics and integrity
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE CONSERVATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
RESEARCH LINES

MITAI Laboratory – Ravenna Technopole, Faenza Headquarters offers expertise and know-how available in the field of conservation and construction for the development of eco-compatible easily-installable materials both for industrial and hand-made applications:
 
> slacked lime-based mortars or natural hydraulic mortars and metakaolin with different roles in the fields of archaeological-architectural conservation and bio-construction: jet grouting, structural use, lacunae treatment, plastering, etc.
 
> metakaolin-based geopolymeric composites with different applications in the restoration of artistic, archaeological and architectural heritage: panels for the restoration of mosaic fragments, lacunae treatment, restoration of unfired clay structures, etc.

applications of geopolymeric composites in the artistic field e.g. contemporary mosaic tesserae
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE CONSERVATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
RESEARCH TEAM

The research line dedicated to Materials and Technology for the conservation of cultural heritage is headed by CNR – Istec
The research team is composed of high-potential young researchers and of senior researchers of the CNR Cultural Heritage Group with multi-year experience in the fields of archaeometry, diagnostic, conservation technologies.
 
Head of research line: Michele Macchiarola (CNR - Istec).


Archaeometry
  • Provenance studies
  • Production techniques
  • Experimental archaeology
  Diagnostic of conservation
  • Study of types and products of degradation
  • Definition of the causes of degradation
 Development of materials and techniques for conservation
  • Geopolymers
  • Restoration mortars
  • Nanomaterials (nano-TiO2)