Rodorico GIORGI

Rodorico GIORGI
(Università degli Studi di Firenze)




Curriculum Vitae of Rodorico Giorgi

Graduation in Chemistry (curriculum in Physical-Chemistry) in 1996, with a thesis on “Stable suspensions of calcium hydroxide in alcohols: application to Cultural Heritage conservation” (advisors: prof. Luigi Dei and prof. Enzo Ferroni). In 2001, Ph.D. in "Science for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage", with a thesis on "Application of NMR tomography to the study of the structure and physico-chemical properties of stone materials used in Cultural Heritage” (advisor: Prof. Piero Baglioni, University of Florence). Giorgi is Associate Professor at the dept. of Chemistry, University of Florence, where he is lecturer of “Chemistry for restoration” at the 1st and 2nd level courses in Conservation Science (School of Sciences). Giorgi's background is in physical chemistry of surfaces and colloids applied to the knowledge of the degradation phenomena and conservation of Cultural Heritage materials. The scientific production can be summarized in four different topics:

(1) Consolidation of wall paintings and specific application of nanotechnology in this field; (2) Application of NMR tomography to the study of degradation processes in stones, plaster, and cement; (3) Study of degradation phenomena in cellulose-based materials (paper, wood, textiles) and development of nanotechnology for deacidification; (4) Development of microemulsions and micelle solutions for the removal of polymer resins from painted surfaces and preparation of gelled systems (chemical gels), responsive to physical and chemical stimuli.

Giorgi has joined several national and international projects: the EU project NANORESTART (H2020) and NANOFORART (EU 7th), the regional projects TEMART and TECON, and the international programmes for cooperation funded by the Italian ministeries MIUR-University and Research (Mexico) and MAE-Foreign Affairs (India). Giorgi also joined the Proyecto Arqueologico Calakmul, for the conservation of the UNESCO site of Calakmul (Mexico); the Programa Nacional de Conservación de Pintura Mural Prehispánica - INAH (Istituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, Mexico), addressed to the conservation of Tlatelolco, Cholula, Mayapan, Cacaxtla, and Tamuín; The Saving Oseberg project, University of Oslo & Museum of Cultural History, Oslo (Norvegia); the Conservation programme of the Holy House in Nazareth (Israel).

Rodorico Giorgi is author of about 100 publications in international journals in the field of nanoscience applied to conservation of cultural heritage. Some of these publications were reviewed by Consultant Editors of Nature, and published as highlights in Nature News (“Nanotechnology restores flaking frescos”, “Nanotechnologies for conservation of cultural heritage: paper and canvas deacidification”, “Art restoration: Keeping it clean”, “Magnets harnessed to clean artwork”).


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