NANOmaterials for the REStoration of works of ART (NANORESTART)

Currently there is a lack of methodologies for the conservation of modern and contemporary artworks, many of which will not be accessible in very short time due to extremely fast degradation processes. The challenge of NANORESTART (NANOmaterials for the REStoration of works of ART) will be to address this issue within a new framework with respect to the state of the art of conservation science. NANORESTART is devoted to the development of nanomaterials to ensure long term protection and security of modern/contemporary cultural heritage, taking into account environmental and human risks, feasibility and materials costs. The market for conservation of this heritage is estimated at some €5 billion per year, and could increase by a significant factor in the next years due to the wider use of nanomaterials. The new tools and materials developed will represent a breakthrough in cultural heritage and conservation science and will focus on: (i) tools for controlled cleaning, such as highly-retentive gels for the confinement of enzymes and nanostructured fluids based on green surfactants; (ii) the strengthening and protection of surfaces by using nanocontainers, nanoparticles and supramolecular systems/assemblies; (iii) nanostructured substrates and sensors for enhanced molecules detection; (iv) evaluation of the environmental impact and the development of security measures for long lasting conservation of cultural heritage. Within the project the industrial scalability of the developed materials will be demonstrated. NANORESTART gathers centres of excellence in the field of synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, world leading chemical Industries and SMEs operating in R&D, and International and European centres for conservation, education and museums. Such centres will assess the new materials on modern/contemporary artefacts in urgent need of conservation, and disseminate the knowledge and the new nanomaterials among conservators on a worldwide perspective.

Partner organizations

  • The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) (Research Institute, France)
  • Zentrum für Bucherhaltung (ZFB) (Private, Germany)
  • Chevalier-Aurelia (Private, France)
  • University College London (UCL) (Academic, United Kingdom)
  • Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte (Public, Spain)
  • Brera Academy (Academic, Italy)
  • Consiglo Nazionale Delle Richerche (Research Institute, Italy)
  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Academic, Brazil)
  • Mirabile Antonio (Private, France)
  • National Museum of Denmark (Public, Denmark)
  • Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery (Public, United Kingdom)
  • University College Cork (Academic, Ireland)
  • Consorzio Interuniversitario per lo Sviluppo dei Sistemi a Grande Interfase (CSGI) (Research Institute, Italy)
  • Akzo Nobel - Pulp and Performance Chemicals (Private, Sweden)
  • Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca Industriale (AIRI) (Non Profit, Italy)
  • Arkema France (Private, France)
  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) (Academic, Brazil)
  • University of Amsterdam (Academic, Netherlands)
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) (Academic, Spain)
  • Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) (Academic, USA)
  • Stichting het Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (Public, Netherlands)
  • Kemijski Institut (Research Institute, Slovenia)
  • Universidade de Santiagode Compostela (Academic, Spain)
  • MBN Nanomaterialia (Private, Italy)
Start date 01/06/2015
End date The project is closed: 31/12/2018

Published: Fri 11 Nov 2016. Modified: Fri 07 Sep 2018