Academic year
2022/2023 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
CM0575 (AF:380109 AR:198982)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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The course is part of the core educational activities of the Master's Degree in Conservation Science and Technology for Cultural Heritage, and it allows the students to acquire the basic knowledge and the understanding of physical chemistry of solids and of the basics concepts behind the advanced materials and nanomaterials used for conservation.
1.Knowledge and understanding
To know and to be familiar with the advanced materials and nanomaterials used for conservation.

2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
Ability to apply this knowledge to practical CH applications.

3. Judgment skills
Ability to evaluate, in a reasoned manner, experimental results associated with advanced materials and nanomaterials used for conservation.

4. Communication skills
To use in an appropriate way the terminology and the symbolism learnt during the course.
To interact with the teachers and the classmates in a dynamic, effective and proper way,

5. Learning ability
To take notes during classes in a proper way, evidencing the topics according to their importance

By the end of the course the students will have an in depth appreciation for, and knowledge of, the various advanced materials and nanomaterials used for conservation.
The prerequisites for the course include the knowledge of inorganic chemistry and/or materials science and chemistry and physics of the solid state, in line with the training objectives of the Physical Chemistry courses.
The course will cover the synthesis, application of and knowledge of the various types of advanced materials and nanomaterials used for conservation.

After an introduction to the theory behind nanomaterials, the course will look at:

Physio-Chemical Processes in CH

Processes of Deterioration and Damage of CH

Common Nanosynthesis Methods

Consolidation & Preservation of Stone

Consolidation & Preservation of Wall Paintings

Preservation of Easel Paintings

Consolidation and Preservation of Wood

Consolidation and Preservation of Waterlogged Wood

Materials for Deacidification and Preservation of Paper, Documents and Textiles

Development of Inorganic Carbon Based Nanomaterials for Conservation

Photocatalytic and Self-Cleaning (superhydrophobic/hydrophilic Nanomaterials for Conservation

Antimicrobial and Antifungal Nanomaterials for Conservation

Chitosan and other biomaterials for Conservation

Geopolymers (artificial stone) and 3D Printing in Cultural heritage
Advanced Materials for the Conservation of Stone

Editors: Majid Hosseini and Ioannis Karapanagiotis (2018)

Available online via Ca’ Foscari at:

Nanoscience for the Conservation of Works of Art
Editors: Piero Baglioni and David Chelazzi (2013) ISBN: 978-1-84973-566-7

Conservation Science : Heritage Materials

Editors: Eric May and Mark Jones (2006) ISBN-10: 0-85404-659-3

Both avaliable online from the Library.

Written exam. The written exam will be questions in essay style, choosing 2 from 3 given general subjects from the course. During the exam, the use of notes, books and other teaching materials is not allowed (closed book).
Teaching will be provided through lectures.
Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion

Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments:
Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding supportservices and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). In the case of disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services:

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Circular economy, innovation, work" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 13/07/2022