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UO6 UniBa - Sabbatini Luigia
University of Bari "Aldo Moro"
Department of Chemistry  (WebSite)


Permanent staff
Luigia Sabbatini, Annarosa Mangone, Gabriella Pepe, Guglielmina Alessandra Chimienti, Giuseppe Egidio de Benedetto

Graduated students and non permanent staff
Inez Dorothe' Van der Werf (post doc), Cosimo Annese (post doc),
Maria Cristina Caggiani (PhD student), Marianna Acquaviva (PhD student)


Research activity
The Research Unity at the University of Bari has the role to develop innovative methods and materials for the conservation and restoration of artefacts, and to develop new analytical strategies based on micro-destructive analytical techniques.

1) synthesis of nanostructured innovative materials for the restoration of stone substrates, such as innovative materials based on nanoparticles with biocide action (nanocolloids of Cu, Ag and ZnO with biocide activity), smart and multifunctional materials (CNTs) for improving cementitious matrices.

2) study of enzyme kinetics for the removal of spray acrylic paints through the use of lipase enzymes and of specific enzymes for synthetic dyes.

3) study of the interactions between ionic and molecular species in determining the stability of pictorial systems through the use of techniques such as MALDI-ToF, ESI-Q-ToF and ESI-IT coupled with HPLC.

4) study of natural dyes in paintings by chromatographic techniques / mass spectrometry.


Available Instrumentation
Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP/MS) Perkin-Elmer
X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy XPS (Microfocused Monochromated X-ray Source) Theta Probe VG Scientific
UV-MALDI-o-TOF MS (Micromass MALDI, Waters MS Technologies)
Micro Raman Spectrometer quipped with lasers diode (785 nm) end He-Cd (325 e 442 nm) (Renishaw Invia)
Transmission electron microscope (TEM), Tecnai 12


Prof. Luigia Sabbatini



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