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Rocco Mazzeo


Department of Chemistry "Giacomo Ciamician"

Academic discipline: CHIM/12 Chemistry for the Environment and for Cultural Heritage

Director of Organisational Unit (UOS) Ravenna of Department of Chemistry "Giacomo Ciamician"

Curriculum vitae



University of Bologna – Ravenna Campus

Degree course on Science for the conservation-restoration of cultural heritage

Microchemistry and Microscopy Art Diagnostic Laboratory (M2ADL)

Via Guaccimanni 42

48100 RAVENNA (Italy)

Tel: +39 051 2099532 and/or +39 0544 937150

Fax: +39 051 2099456 and /or  +39 0544 937159


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Current position

Professor of “Chemistry for cultural heritage”


Teaching subjects

  • Chemical diagnosis of cultural heritage materials
  • Chemistry for cultural heritage
  • Chemistry for restoration
  • Chemical methods of examining cultural properties
  • Ancient metallurgy

Current responsibility

  • Director of the 2nd Cycle Master degree on "Science for the conservation restoration of cultural heritage"
  • Head of the Microchemistry and Microscopy Art Diagnostic Laboratory (M2ADL), University of Bologna – Ravenna campus, web site:
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Collegio di Cina – University of Bologna
  • Member of the Council of the Scuola di studi superiori sulla città ed il territorio in Ravenna, University of Bologna

Professional experience

  • 1981-1982: Ministry of cultural heritage, State Archive of Parma
  • 1982-1986: Ministry of cultural heritage, Archaeology Superintendence of Emilia Romagna
  • 1986-1988: Ministry of cultural heritage, Fine Arts Museum of Bologna, Conservation science laboratory
  • 1988-1998: Civic Archaeology Museum of Bologna, Head of the scientific and restoration laboratory
  • 1995-1998: Xi'an Centre for the conservation and restoration of cultural relics, Xi'an (P.R of China), Head of the scientific laboratory (in the framework of a cooperation project between the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Shaanxi Provincial Bureau of Cultural Affairs)
  • 1998-2002: ICCROM, International centre for the study of the preservation and restoration of cultural property (Intergovernmental organisation established by UNESCO), Project manager in Science for Conservation programmes
  • 2002-present: University of Bologna, Associate professor of “Chemistry of conservation and restoration”

Field of expertise

Archaeometry and diagnostic investigation aimed at characterising the state of conservation and material constitution of painted surfaces (on canvas and wood, frescoes and mural paintings) and metals (archaeological and exposed outdoor). Author of more than 60scientific papers in the field of conservation science, published in national and international scientific journals. Application of mapping and imaging micro FTIR spectroscopy to the characterization of binders and pigments in painted works of art.

Coordination of International project

  • Establishment of the “Xi'an Centre for the conservation and restoration of cultural relics, Xi'an (P.R of China). Coordinator of the Scientific laboratories, 1995-1998.
  • “Non-destructive and micro-destructive analytical methods for the conservation of works of art and historic buildings” -  (ANMET-98). International course, ICCROM, Rome, 9 November-11 December 1998
  • Survey on Scientific Research and Training for Conservation, CETRA project, Concerted European Training and Research Actions supported by the European Union, September 1998 – June 1999
  • ICCROM, University postgraduate curricula for conservation scientists, International Seminar, Bologna, 26-27 November 1999. Proceedings available at the ICCROM Library.
  • ICCROM-EU-EUROMED HERITAGE, NAMEC Project « Cours du Patrimoine du Maghreb, Cours de Rabat et Alger sur la conservation-restauration des sites archéologiques et des collections de Musées », Masters Programme, Coordinateur Pédagogique , 1998-2000.
  • ICCROM-CURRIC Project, Vocational training curricula for conservation scientists, EU-Leonardo Programme, 2000-2003.
  • ICCROM, “Sharing conservation science”, International course, Paris,  June 2001,
  • ICCROM, “Sharing conservation decisions”, International course, Rome-Florence, November 2002
  • University network for the establishment of science for conservation university program, Guidelines for post-graduate education and training in conservation science (for cultural heritage properties). EU-ALFA Europe Aid Cooperation Office, 2003 – 2004
  • “The diagnosis and conservation of Yuan Dynasty mural paintings in Yao Wang Mountain archaeological site, Xi'an (China)”. Scientific cooperation agreement between the University of Bologna, Faculty of natural sciences and the Shaanxi Provincial Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Shaanxi, Xi'an (China).2003-2004.
  • “EPISCON – European PhD in Science for Conservation” funded by the EU – Marie-Curie Early Stage Training (EST) action that will be implemented from 2005 to 2009 by a Consortium of 10 European Universities and Conservation Institutes representing seven European countries.
  • 20-21 September 2007, Coordination of the International workshop on “Characterization of organic materials in paint cross-section” held at the Chemistry Department of the University of Bologna

Participation in International project

  • CON.B.E.FOR project: Conservator-restorer of cultural heritage in Europe: education and training centres and institutes, Coordinator: Associazione Giovanni Secco Suardo. Member of the Steering Committee. 1998-2000
  • International course on “The conservation of Urushi lacquer”, Tokyo, Japan, August 2001, organised by ICCROM in collaboration with NRICP, Tokyo
  • LabsTECH project: Laboratories on Science and technology for the conservation of the European cultural heritage. European Commission, Directorate-General for Research. EU 5th Framework Programme: Improving the human research potential and the socio-economic knowledge base. 2000-2004
  • EU-ARTECH: “Access, Research and Technology for the Conservation of the European Cultural Heritage”. EU - 6TH Framework Programme, Integrated Infrastructure Initiative. 2004 – 2009.
  • UNESCO-Republic of Korea Funds-in-Trust Project : “Preservation of Cultural Heritage in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, notably the Yaksuri Tomb and capacity building at the Korean Cultural preservation Centre, DPRK” .2004/2005…
  • World Monument Fund: Conservation of the Bartolomeo Colleoni bronze Monument by Andrea del Verrocchio, Venice 2004-2006


Coordination of national projects

  • 1995-1996 Federation of European Chemical Societies ( FECS ), Working Party on Chemistry for the Conservation of the Cultural Heritage, coordinator del Working Group Metals.
  • A.A. 2003/2004, Director of I level Master University of Bologna in “STUDIO E RESTAURO DI MATERIALE ARCHEOLOGICO”.
  • A.A. 2004/2005, Director of I level Master University of Bologna in “STUDIO E RESTAURO DI MATERIALE ARCHEOLOGICO”.
  • A.A. 2006/2007, Director of I level International Master University of Bologna and Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an (China)  in “STUDY, DIAGNOSIS AND RESTORATION OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL MATERIALS”.
  • 2004. Study of the mural paintings of the Ex Carceri dei Penitenziati di Palazzo Steri, Palermo. Coordinator: Istituto di Conservazione e Valorizzazione dei Beni culturali (ICVBC –CNR), Sesto Fiorentino (Firenze).
  • 2005-2007: NEREA – Network per Restauro Avanzato, Regione Emilia Romagna Assessorato alle Attività Produttive , Sviluppo economico, Piano Telematico, Programma del PRRIITT 2003-2005: Centro per l'innovazione. Coordinamento: Dipartimento di Architettura e Pianificazione Territoriale (DAPT) dell'Università degli Studi di Bologna
  • RFO Esercizio finanziario 2002-2008:
  • 2008-2009, Project: “DIPINTI DEGLI UOMINI ILLUSTRI DELLO STUDIOLO DI FEDERICO DA MONTEFELTRO NEL PALAZZO DUCALE DI URBINO”, funded by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pesaro e Urbino
  • 2008-2009, Project: “INDAGINE DIAGNOSTICA SU DIPINTI DELLA GALLERIA ESTENSE DI MODENA”, funded by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena and Fondazione Flaminia di Ravenna
  • 2008-2009, Project “ANDREA MANTEGNA: IMMAGE AND PAINT MATTER”, Mantova (funding requested to the Provincia di Mantova).
  • EUCHEMS Chair of the European Working Party on Chemistry for Cultural Heritage
  • ICOM Italia: International Council of Museums
  • ICOM-CC Conservation Committees
  • SCI Società Chimica Italiana 


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