NANOmaterials for the REStoration of works of ART (NANORESTART)
Research Project, 2015 – 2018

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.


Romain Bordes (contact)

Applied Surface Chemistry


Akzo Nobel - Pulp and Performance Chemicals

Göteborg, Sweden

Arkema France

Colombes, France

Art Institute of Chicago (AIC)

Chicago, USA

Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca Industriale (AIRI)

Rom, Italy

Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery

London, United Kingdom

Brera Academy

Milan, Italy


Paris, France

Consiglo Nazionale Delle Richerche

Rom, Italy

Consorzio Interuniversitario per lo Sviluppo dei Sistemi a Grande Interfase (CSGI)

Sesto Fiorentino, Italy

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

MBN Nanomaterialia

Carbonera, Italy

Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte

Madrid, Spain

Mirabile Antonio

Paris, France

National Institute of Chemistry

Ljubljana, Slovenia

National Museum of Denmark

Köpenhamn, Denmark

Stichting het Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)

Gif-sur-Yvette, France

Universidade de Santiagode Compostela

Santiago De Compostela, Spain

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Cerdanyola Barcelona, Spain

University College Cork

Cork, Ireland

University College London (UCL)

London, United Kingdom

University of Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Zentrum für Bucherhaltung (ZFB)

Leipzig, Germany


European Commission (EC)

Project ID: EC/H2020/646063
Funding Chalmers participation during 2015–2018


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