UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


Dr Josep Grau-Bove

Lecturer in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Nov 2014

Research summary

My research focuses on the study of two interfaces. The first interface is where materials interact with the surrounding environment. I study transport phenomena processes such as particulate matter and pollutant dispersion, plasticizer migration in historic plastics and moisture transport in porous media (in connection to processes as diverse as mould growth and the deformation of woven materials). The second interface is where technology meets preventive conservation. I am interested in exploring how new computational developments can support preventive conservation management. Currently I am studying the application of building information modelling, citizen science and system dynamics in heritage science.

Bentham's auto-icon interrupting a von Kármán vortex street.

I am involved as primary or secondary supervisor in 8 PhD projects in collaboration with the National Trust, UCL Museums, the Smithsonian Conservation Institute, the Amsterdam City Archives, English Heritage, Historic England, Royal Historic Palaces and the Mary Rose Trust.