Perla Colombini

Chemist – President Cultural Heritage Commission, CNR

Maria Perla Colombini currently holds the position of Director of the CNR Institute ICVBC (Istituto per la Conservazione e Valorizzazione dei Beni Culturali). Since 2003 she is Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Pisa. Her teaching activities are related to the courses of Analytical Chemistry and Chemistry of Cultural Heritage. She was the Director of the University Master on “Materials and Diagnostic Techniques in the Cultural Heritage field”.

Her research activity is related to the development of analytical procedures based on spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques for the characterization of micropollutants in museum environments and, above all, of organic materials and their degradation products in works of art and archaeological objects.

She is leader of several national and international research projects for the safeguard of Cultural Heritage. She coordinates the research group of the Laboratory of Chemical Sciences for the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage, located at the Chemistry Department in Pisa, and is specialized in the characterisation of binders, organic dyes and resins (varnishes, adhesives, synthetic materials…) by chromatographic and mass-spectrometric techniques.

She organized several Congresses and Schools of Chemistry in the Cultural Heritage field.

She is in the President of the Italian Association of Archaeometry (AIAr).

Her research has resulted in over 200 publications in refereed journals and books, and in over 300 lectures at national and international congresses.