ciclo: XXXVII
edificio: CU026
stanza: 18

supervisore: Teresa Rinaldi


ESPERIENZA DI LAVORO Gennaio 2022 - fino ad ora Università Sapienza, P.le Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Roma Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra Dottorato di ricerca L'uso dei batteri per la conservazione e il restauro dei beni culturali. Studio e sviluppo di nuove tecniche green. Febbraio 2021 - Dicembre 2021 Università Ca' Foscari, Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venezia Dipartimento Dais Borsa di studio Sviluppo di metodi per l'analisi di contaminanti emergenti nelle acque della laguna di Venezia. Analisi di nanoparticelle in campioni biologici. Utilizzo di tecniche analitiche quali UHPLC-MS, ICP-MS, GC-MS, masterszer, DLS e centrifuga analitica. ISTRUZIONE Settembre 2017 - Marzo 2020 Università Ca' Foscari, Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venezia Laurea magistrale in Scienze e tecnologie della conservazione dei beni culturali (LM-11) Titolo tesi: An insight into ion migration process in commercial oil paint system 110/ 110 e lode Settembre 2014 - Ottobre 2017 Università Ca' Foscari, Dorsoduro 3246, 30123 Venezia Laurea in Tecnologie per la conservazione ed il restauro (L-43) Titolo tesi: Studio del comportamento colorimetrico e spettrale di miscele di pigmenti blu cobalto in riflettanza UV-VIS 108/110 PhD Project THE USE OF BACTERIA FOR THE CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE. Study and development of new green techniques Recently, in the search of alternative restoration methods, microorganisms have been adopted as “restorative agents” thanks to their several properties. Bio-restoration refers to the use of innovative techniques that employ metabolic products of microorganisms present on the substrate. These new methods are sustainable alternatives since: 1) they exploit natural microbial processes; 2) non-pathogenic microorganisms are selected, which are safe to use and have no recognised hazard potential; 3) environmental safety is ensured as no hazardous waste or emissions are produced; 4) soft interventions are implemented on the artworks; 5) the cost is lower or comparable to traditional methods. Commonly used restoration techniques do not follow standardised protocols and often require the use of solvents and other mixtures of chemicals, including biocides. These characteristics mean that a comprehensive risk assessment for the operator, the final user and the environment is difficult. Therefore, the current prerogative must be to develop products and methodologies that reflect the overall concept of sustainability 2. Soffritti et al. report an accurate up-date on the most innovative techniques using microorganisms for bio-restoration from bio-consolidation to bio-cleaning. These technologies are considered to be efficient alternatives to traditional restoration methods testify by the numerous examples present in literature. However, further research and continuous monitoring of the works of art are needed to validate the effectiveness of the bio-processes over time and to verify the total safety of these methods. For example, calcite-based materials are subject to various degradation phenomena, and the factors that determine their deterioration can be chemical, physical and biological. Biological damage is caused by microbial communities (algae, cyanobacteria, fungi, lichens and bacteria) that grow on stone surfaces and corrode the carbonate substrate. One of the approaches used in this field, bio-consolidation, is based on the process of bio-mineralisation. This technique exploits the ability of certain bacteria to precipitate calcium carbonate by passive or active mechanisms when they are inoculated onto certain stone surfaces in controlled environments to achieve re-calcification of degraded substrates. This inverts the deterioration of the limestone matrix of works of art, which is mainly influenced by the natural weathering process and climatic-environmental conditions. To mitigate the effects of these degradation processes, however, it is necessary to know the biological causes of these phenomena and the microbial composition associated with the biological damage. The study of the bacterial-substrate metabolic interaction on ancient artefacts is rarely studied in detail, yet it is at the origin of degradation itself. Moreover, this study allows the selection of bacterial species with specific qualities that allow their use in the bio-restoration. Once the nature of the biological degradation is known, it is necessary to work on it with suitable tools and methods. RESEARCH OBJECTIVES General objectives Development of new green and innovative methods and products for the restoration and conservation of cultural heritage, based on the use of biological organisms. Development of green methodologies and application on some artefacts of historical and artistic interest. Specific objectives Study of altered substrates using physic-chemical techniques. Study of the microbial communities (bacteria and lichens) present on the substrates that cause chemical-physical and biological degradation. Identification of the biological communities present on the material and the relationship between colonisation and degradation. Development of new analytical methods for studying microbial communities (HPLC-MS). Identification and isolation of bacteria able to precipitate calcium carbonate. Development of new biological methods for bio-consolidation and bio-cleaning of lichens on carbonate substrates. Development of new enzyme-based methods for the bio-cleaning of various media of historical and artistic relevance. Testing the validity of the newly developed methods by performing ageing tests. IMPLICATIONS AND/OR APPLICATIONS The current project will be used as reference to underline the potential of the use of bacteria for conservation and restoration treatments. The exhaustive study will be able to clarify the theoretical approach which remains fragmentated and unsystematic. Furthermore, it will deepen the knowledge of the parameters that regulate the action of bacteria and enzyme in the specific case of artistic surfaces. MILESTONES New treatments will be developed and improved to clean, protect and consolidate works of art in a sustainable and green way, ensuring solid safety for the environment, for operators and for the works of art themselves. Guidelines will also be defined for the study and implementation of conservation measures applicable to each artefact, considering its different characteristics.

Produzione scientifica

  • 11573/1669970 - 2023 - Applications of the microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation. (04f Poster)
  • 11573/1641014 - 2021 - A critical review on the analysis of metal soaps in oil paintings (01g Articolo di rassegna (Review))

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