SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training


Alexandra Bridarolli

Alumna, University College London

Project Title 

Nanoscale strategies for the consolidation of cellulose in cultural heritage (Nanorestart)

Background & Summary of Project

In painting conservation, the consolidation of canvases is still a field which has seen little development despite the known risks involved. Moreover, most current canvas conservation approaches may no longer be suitable for modern paintings. Recent developments in functionalized biopolymers have given rise to possible alternatives to actual conservation products.  During her PhD, Alexandra will participate to the development of novel nanocellulose treatments for the consolidation of cellulosic materials. Her work will be more specifically focused on painting canvas of the 20th century.


SEAHA roles 

  • Liaison with Exhibitors during the SEAHA conference 2016
  • SEAHA podcast team member (2016-2017)


Alexandra Bridarolli, Marianne Odlyha, Genoveva Burca, John C. Duncan, Freddie A. Akeroyd, Andie Church, Laurent Bozec. (2021). Controlled Environment Neutron Radiography of Moisture Sorption/Desorption in Nanocellulose-Treated Cotton Painting Canvases, ACS Applied Polymer Materials 

Bridarolli, Alexandra & Odlyha, Marianne & Nechyporchuk, Oleksandr & Holmberg, Krister & Ruiz-Recasens, Cristina & Bordes, Romain & Bozec, Laurent. (2018). Evaluation of the Adhesion and Performance of Natural Consolidants for Cotton Canvas Conservation. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Nechyporchuk, Oleksandr & Kolman, Krzysztof & Bridarolli, Alexandra & Odlyha, Marianne & Bozec, Laurent & Oriola-Folch, Marta & Francés, Gema & Persson, Michael & Holmberg, Krister & Bordes, Romain. (2018). On the potential of using nanocellulose for consolidation of painting canvases. Carbohydrate Polymers. 194. 161–169.

Bridarolli, Alexandra & Nechyporchuk, Oleksandr & Odlyha, Marianne & Oriola-Folch, Marta & Bordes, Romain & Holmberg, Krister & Anders, Manfred & Chevalier, Aurelia & Bozec, Laurent. (2018). Nanocellulose-based Materials for the Reinforcement of Modern Canvas-supported Paintings. Studies in Conservation. 63. 332-334.

Bridarolli, Alexandra & Atak, Sefkan & Herm, Christoph. (2016). Analysis of Wilhelm Ostwald’s ‘‘Colour Organ’’ with Raman microspectroscopy. Appl. Phys. A 122, 982

UCL Three Minute Thesis Competition Winner

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