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Institute of Molecular Science and Technologies

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    Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari
    c/o Dipartimento di Chimica,
    Università di Perugia
    Via Elce di sotto, 8, 06123 Perugia
    Costanza Miliani
    Phone +39 075 585 5639
    FAX  +39 075 585 5606
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    Francesca Rosi
    Phone +39 075 585 5638
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    http://www.istm.cnr.it/



  • The National Research Council (CNR) is a public organization; its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of Italy. To this end, the activities of the organization are divided into macro areas of interdisciplinary scientific and technological research, concerning several sectors: biotechnology, medicine, materials, environment and land, information and communications, advanced systems of production, judicial and socio-economic sciences, classical studies and arts. CNR is distributed all over Italy through a network of institutes aiming at promoting a wide diffusion of its competences throughout the national territory and at facilitating contacts and cooperation with local firms and organizations.
    The CNR-ISTM (Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie Molecolari) research unit based in Perugia at the Chemistry Department of Perugia University, has a wide experience in the study of materials of interest in cultural heritage. Scientific studies on compositions and alterations of stones, bronzes, ceramics, glasses, pigments and other materials, are currently carried out. In particular, CNR-ISTM has competence in development and application of advanced spectroscopic techniques. The group successfully cooperated in setting up a portable fiber optic FTIR spectrometer, a portable microRaman equipment, a portable UV-vis fluorimeter and others. The CNR-ISTM research unit is affiliated to the Centre of Excellence SMAArt of the University of Perugia (Scientific Methodologies applied to Archaeology and Art). CNR-ISTM & SMAArt developed the mobile laboratory MOLAB, an asset of non-invasive portable analytica technique for in situ study of cultural heritage materials. Moreover CNR-ISTM has been involved in the following projects related to Cultural Heritage:
    “IT@CHA – Italian Technologies for Advanced application in Cultural Heritage Assets” PON 2007-2013 Beni Culturali, MIUR Ministero Istruzione Universita’ e Ricerca, IT (National )
    Mobile Archaeological Lab, STARLAB”, founded by Research Promotion Foundation, Cyprus 2010.
    New methods and materials for the conservation of contemporary art” PRIN 2008, Projects of National Interest of the MIUR Ministero Istruzione Universita’ e Ricerca, IT (National).
    Development of methodologies for the non-invasive study of materials and techniques of modern and contemporary art”, within PRIN 2006, Projects of National Interest of the Ministero Istruzione Universita’ e Ricerca, IT (National).
    Advanced technology for the knowledge, conservation and valorization of ceramics, glasses and mosaics of the Mediterranean area” FIRB03 founded by MIUR Ministero dell`Istruzione, dell`Universita` e della Ricerca (National)
    Participant in the Perugia Unit (Chemistry Dept, University of Perugia) in the European Marie Curie Project “EPISCON, European PhD in Science for Conservation”, Contract MEST-CT-2005-020559, (EC).
    Participant in the Perugia Unit (SMAArt, Chemistry Dept, University of Perugia) in the EC project CHARISMA “Cultural Heritage Advanced Research Infrastructures: Synergy for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Conservation/Restoration” (EC, 7FP).
    Participant in the Perugia Unit (SMAArt, Chemistry Dept, University of Perugia) in the EC project Eu-ARTECH “Access, Research and Technology for the conservation of the European Cultural Heritage”(EC, 6FP).
    The foreseen role of the institution in the HEROMAT Project
    The role of CNR-ISTM is the development and application of multi-technique spectroscopic protocols for the assessment of the performance of the newly developed materials/products not only in laboratory on models but also in situ on real objects.

  • Dr. Costanza Miliani, PhD in Chemistry, - She is researcher at the CNR-ISTM, being the head of the Cultural Heritage group. She is the author of over 50 articles concerning structural, electronic and vibrational properties of materials present in the Cultural Heritage field. She has been involved in following Cultural Heritage projects: Scientific coordinator of the transnational access MOLAB (Mobile Laboratory) within CHARISMA “Cultural Heritage Advanced Research Infrastructures: Synergy for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Conservation/Restoration” (EC, 7FP); Scientific coordinator of the transnational access MOLAB (mobile laboratory) within Eu-ARTECH “Access, Research and Technology for the conservation of the European Cultural Heritage”(EC, 6FP); Coordinator of CNR-ISTM Unit within the project “ New methods and materials for the conservation of contemporary art” PRIN 2008, Projects of National Interest of the MIUR Ministero Istruzione Universita’ e Ricerca, IT (National); Coordinator of CNR-ISTM Unit within the project “Mobile Archaeological Lab, STARLAB”, founded by Research Promotion Foundation, Cyprus. Coordinator of CNR-ISTM Units within the project “Advanced technology for the knowledge, conservation and valorization of ceramics, glasses and mosaics of the Mediterranean area” FIRB03 founded by MIUR Ministero dell`Istruzione, dell`Universita` e della Ricerca (National); National coordinator of a “Progetto Giovani Ricercatori” (Young researcher project) founded by Agenzia 2000 - CNR for the development of a portable UV-VIS fluorimeter. Participant in the Perugia Unit (Chemistry Dept, University of Perugia) in the European Marie Curie Project “EPISCON, European PhD in Science for Conservation”, Contract MEST-CT-2005-020559 (EC); Participant within the project “Development of methodologies for the non-invasive study of materials and techniques of modern and contemporary art”, within PRIN 2006, Projects of National Interest of the Ministero Istruzione Universita’ e Ricerca, IT.
    Dr. Laura Cartechini, PhD in Chemistry, - She is researcher at the CNR-ISTM. She is coauthor of more than 30 articles in international scientific journals on gas phase reaction dynamics. After 2002, her research activities were focused on conservation science. She is coauthor in this field of more than 15 scientific articles in international journals on the investigation of materials of archaeological and art-historical interest by chromatographic, diffraction and synchrotron radiation based techniques.
    Dr. Francesca Rosi, PhD in Chemistry, - She is post-Doc student at the CNR-ISTM. She is expert on advanced spectroscopic methods for the study of Cultural Heritage materials. She is involved in the in situ activity of MOLAB and co-author of more than 15 scientific articles in international journals.
    Dr. Paola Rocchi - She is lab technician at the CNR-ISTM, and responsible of the laboratory of organic materials analysis (GC-MS, FTIR, ELISA).