UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage



NANORESTART is a European project (in the framework of Horizon 2020) that is developing nanotechnology-based solutions for the conservation of contemporary art materials.


18 January 2017

Research at the Institute for Sustainable Heritage is led by Professor Matija Strlic and Dr Katherine Curran, and will focus on the use of VOC sensors to detect evidence of degradation in modern and contemporary materials, on the use of nanomaterials for the consolidation of canvas and the use of coatings for the protection of modern and contemporary materials, including 3D-printed materials, as well as on the development of quantitative hyperspectral imaging techniques to visualize processes of degradation and conservation.

In this collaboration we are also joined by Dr Laurent Bozec from the UCL Eastman Dental Institute.

The project as a whole involves close to 30 international partners, including major heritage institutions, among which are Tate, National Museum of Denmark, Art Institute of Chicago, Rijksmuseum, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Accademia.  Nanorestart is co-ordinated by the Center for Colloid and Surface Science in Florence. For more information about the project and the partnership, please follow this link.


Prof. Matija Strlic
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Dr Katherine Curran
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Dr Laurent Bozec
Eastman Dental Institute, UCL
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Carolien Coon
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Hend Maghoub
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Mark Kearny
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Alexandra Bridarolli 
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