Measurements and instrumentation for the preventive conservation of metallic works of art


Leonardo Iannucci

Leonardo Iannucci

Dipartimento di Scienza Applicata e Tecnologia - Politecnico di Torino


Sabrina Grassini

Dipartimento di Scienza Applicata e Tecnologia - Politecnico di Torino


Panayota Vassiliou

National Technical University of Athens, Greece


Conservation of metallic artifacts of archaeological and historic interest is based on the concept of preventive conservation, taking into account that the degradation phenomena cannot be avoided and the aging processes are the result of the interaction with the environment which surrounds the artifacts. According to the Conservation Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-CC) preventive conservation is defined as "all measures and actions aimed at avoiding and minimizing future damages".
Non-invasive diagnostic techniques and measurements are, therefore, very important tools for restorers and art historians to obtain trustworthy information on the artifact conservation state, on the degradation mechanism affecting it as a function of the environment in which it is exposed and of the stability of the restoration treatments. This information is essential for the development of the most appropriate methodology for ensuring a long-lasting preservation of these important witnesses of the human culture.


Leonardo Iannucci was born in Italy, in 1992. He is currently a research fellow at Politecnico di Torino in the Department of Applied Science and Technology. He got the M.S. degree in Materials Engineering in 2016 and then in 2019 he received the PhD in Metrology from Politecnico di Torino. His main research fields are corrosion science, electrochemical measurements and materials characterization.

Sabrina Grassini, was born in Italy in 1972. She received her M.S. degree in Chemistry from the Università di Torino, Italy, and her Ph.D. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Currently she is assistant professor in Chemistry with the Dipartimento di Scienza Applicata e Tecnologia, Politecnico di Torino. Her researcher areas include plasma chemistry and reversible coating deposition, sensors for microclimate and environmental monitoring, corrosion and protection of metallic materials and conservation of the cultural heritage.

Panayota Vassiliou is full professor of Chemical Engineering at the School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece. She is member of the International Corrosion Council. Her main research interest are: corrosion and protection of materials for industrial and biomedical applications; electrochemical measurements for the study of the corrosion mechanism of metals and alloys; conservation of cultural heritage.

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