Programme Topics

A non-limitative list of topics includes the application of Raman spectroscopy in the fields of art, art-history, history, archaeology, conservation and restoration, museology and others.

Material characterization and degradation processes (pigments, inks, plastic materials, photographic materials, gemstones, stones, precious stones, glass, ceramics, contemporary materials etc.)

Conservation issues affecting cultural heritage (decaying, corrosion, etc.)

Raman spectroscopy of biological and organic materials (resins, fibres, ancient organic compounds, etc.)

Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (dyes, organic pigments, etc.)

Chemometrics in Raman spectroscopy

Development of Raman techniques

New Raman instrumentation and applications in cultural heritage objects investigations

Raman spectroscopy in paleontology, paleoenvironment and archaeology

Forensic applications in art and archaeology (e.g. forensic archaeology, authentications procedures)

Other topics

DAY 1 | 24 October (Tuesday)
09:00 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 10:30 Opening Session

Ausenda de Cáceres Balbino (University of Évora, Vice-Rector)
Ana Paula Amendeira (Alentejo Regional Directorate of Culture)
António Candeias (HERCULES Lab, University of Évora)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break - Poster Session
11:00 - 12:00 Keynote Lecture

On-site Raman study of artwork: Procedure and illustrative examples
Philippe Colomban
Session 1 – Material Characterisation and Degradation Processes
12:00 - 12:20 Investigating the formation of dehydroindigo in Maya Blue simulants by resonance Raman spectroscopy.

Dalva Faria, Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)
12:20 - 12:40 Pigments, pigment changes and the identification of a “new” pigment in medieval wall paintings of the monastery church in Angermünde.

Martin Ziemann, University of Potsdam (Germany)
12:40 - 13:00 Iron-rich spinels in Ming Blue-and-white porcelains: a combined Raman spectroscopy and electron microscopy study of surface crystals.

Pinto Ariane, Centre d'Elaboration de Matériaux et d'Etudes Structurales (France)
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
Session 2 – Chemometrics and Development of New Techniques in Raman Spectroscopy
14:30 - 14:50 The combination Raman imaging and LIBS for quantification of original and degradation materials in Cultural Heritage.

Juan Manuel Madariaga, Universidad del Pais Vasco (Spain)
14:50 - 15:10 Miniature Raman Spectrometers for Mineralogical and Gemological Practice: from Gemtesting Systems to Portable Sequentially Shifted Excitation Raman Spectrometers.

Jan Jehlicka, Charles University (Czech Republic)
15:10 - 15:30 Investigation of beryl varieties using miniature Raman spectrometers.

Adam Culka, Jan Jehlicka, Charles University (Czech Republic)
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break - Poster Session
Session 3 – Material Characterisation and Degradation Processes
16:00 - 16:20 Pigments identification in oil paintings of 18th – 19th century from the Museum of Post-Byzantine Art of Zakynthos using Raman spectroscopy and XRF.

Konstantina-Aikaterini Koutliani, University of the Aegean, Rhodes (Greece)
16:20 - 16:40 Portable Raman and NIR systems for identification of plastics in museum.

Anna Klisińska-Kopacz, National Museum in Krakow (Poland)
16:40 - 17:00 Analysis of organic resins, coatings and decorates in a lyre-guitar of 19th Century prior to restoration.

Theodore Ganetsos, Piraeus University of Applied Sciences (Greece)
17:00 - 17:20 Analysis of pigments from rock shelters in Guanajuato, Central México

Antonieta Mondragón, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
17:20 - 17:40 Debate
18:00 Visit and Reception at the National Museum of Évora

DAY 2 | 25 October (Wednesday)
09:30 - 10:30 Keynote Lecture

Challenges and Opportunities of Raman Spectroscopy Applications in Art and Archaeology.
Peter Vandenabeele
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break - Poster Session
Session 4 – Biological and Organic Materials
11:00 - 11:20 Identification by Raman spectroscopy of bio-carotenes on mural painting from the refectory of Hurezi Monastery - Romania

Ioana Gomoiu, National Arts University (Romania)
Session 5 – Material Characterisation and Degradation Processes
11:20 - 11:40 Creation of Specialized Electronic Library for Art Investigation Bulgarian Cultural Heritage

Vesselin Petrov, University of Sofia (Bulgaria)
11:40 - 12:00 Raman imaging qualitative and semi-quantitative approach to verify the thermal transformation of yellow ochre pigments into red colour in Pompeian wall paintings.

Maite Maguregui, University of the Basque Country (Spain)
12:00 - 12:20 Raman Spectroscopy of the Works of Szymon Czechowicz (1689-1775)

Marek Wiśniewski, Ewa Dolezynska-Sewerniak, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland)
12:20 - 12:40 What information can Raman spectroscopy provide about pure and mixed carbon inks?

Olivier Bonnerot, BAM (Germany)
12:40 - 13:00 Scrutinizing "Ecce Homo" - European or Indian painting? Assessment by Raman spectroscopy and complementary spectroscopic techniques

Vanessa Antunes, ARTIS-FLUL, LIBPhys-UNL
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
Session 6 – Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
14:30 - 14:50 Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) Investigation of Dyes in Fellini’s Felt-tip Pens.

Daniela Iacopino, Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)
14:50 - 15:10 SERS for polymers degradation.

Daniela Reggio, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
15:10 - 15:30 Raman and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for the analysis of Mexican yellow dyestuff.

Maria Angelica Garcia-Bucio, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
15:30 - 15:50 Stability and reproducibility of Ag colloidal pastes for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) analysis of natural dyes in archaeological and historical textiles.

Patrizia Davit, Università di Torino (Italy)
15:50 - 16:10 A molecular study of the 19th century Winsor & Newton cochineal lake pigments.

Tatiana Vitorino, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (Portugal)
16:10 - 16:40 Coffee Break - Poster Session
Session 7 – Material Characterisation and Degradation Processes
16:40 - 17:00 Portable Raman Spectroscopy for Rapid Identification of Unknown Precious Gemstones

Kristen Frano, BWTEK
17:00 - 17:20 U-Pb dating of zircon inclusions in sapphire from Alpine-Himalayan orogeny origins - Kashmir and Burma - and characterization with Raman spectroscopy

Wenxing Xu, Gübelin Gem Lab (Switzerland)
17:20 - 17:40 Pearlescent pigments in plastic artworks: a micro-Raman identification

Eva Mariasole Angelin, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (Portugal)
17:40 - 18:00 Debate
19:00 Social Program
20:30 Dinner (included)

DAY 3 | 26 October (Thursday)
08:30 Departure (Évora)
09:30 - 11:30 Estremoz (Marble Quarry)
11:30 - 13:00 Vila Viçosa (Ducal Palace)
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
15:30 - 17:00 Monsaraz (Historic town)
18:00 Arrival (Évora)

DAY 4 | 27 October (Friday)
09:30 - 10:30 Keynote Lecture

Raman spectroscopy, art, archaeology and South America: one eye on the past, one eye on the future.
Dalva Faria
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break - Poster Session
Session 8 – Material Characterisation and Degradation Processes
11:00 - 11:20 Raman and Tof-SIMS investigation of the Bosch’s painting “Saint Wilgefortis Triptich”

Armida Sodo, Università degli Studi Roma Tre (Italy)
11:20 - 11:40 Uncertain identification of decaying compounds in Built Heritage: K3Na(SO4)2 and Na2SO4-system

Kepa Castro, University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Session 9 – Palaeontology, paleoenvironment and archaeology
11:40 - 12:00 Depicted on Stone: Raman Spectroscopy for the Analysis of Rock Art Paintings

Anastasia Rousaki, Ghent University (Belgium)
12:00 - 12:20 Raman spectroscopic analysis of 195-million- year-old embryonic dinosaur bone remains

Therese Harrison, University of Sydney (Australia)
12:20 - 12:40 Combined micro-Raman and gemological study of the provenance investigations of the archeological gemstones

Barbara Łydżba-Kopczyńska, University of Wrocław (Poland)
12:40 - 13:00 Chemical study of degradation processes in underwater metallic materials

Estefania Estalayo, Universidad del Pais Vasco (Spain)
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 15:30 Keynote Lecture

A Decade of Colorful Research at The Met: Trends, Applications, and Challenges of SERS for the Characterization of Organic Colorants in Artworks
Federica Pozzi
Session 10 – Material Characterisation and Degradation Processes
15:30 - 15:50 Hidden Hazards in the Pharmaceutical Collection at Museums Victoria

Rosemary Goodall, Museums Victoria (Australia)
15:50 - 16:10 Degradation of cellulose nitrate cinematographic films: a comparative analysis by Raman microscopy

Artur Neves, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (Portugal)
16:10 - 16:40 Coffee Break - Poster Session
16:40 - 17:00 Pigments identification of the plasterwork decorations of the Room of the beds in the Royal Baths of Comares in the Alhambra

Paz Arjonilla, Universidad de Jaén (Spain)
17:00 - 17:30 Closing Session