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Caruso, Francesco, Dr. phil. nat.

Caruso Francesco
Leiter naturwissenschaftliche Analytik
+41 44 388 51 81

Geboren in Palermo (I). Studium der Chemie an der Universität Palermo, 2005 M.Sc., 2011 Promotion zum Thema «Characterization of the varnishes from historical musical instruments», 2015 Lehrdiplom.

2005 Praktikant bei der R&D Division von Procter & Gamble Italia. 2006–2007 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für nanostrukturierte Materialien des italienischen Nationalen Forschungsrats (ISMN-CNR). 2007 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Zentrum Grosse Geräte der Universität Palermo. 2009 Praktikant am Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 2010 Praktikant (mit Erasmus-Stipendium) am Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique (KIK-IRPA) in Brüssel. 2008–2011 Doktorand in Chemie in der Gruppe von Prof. Eugenio Caponetti und Prof. Dr. Delia Francesca Chillura Martino an der Universität Palermo. 2011–2016 Postdoktorand in der Gruppe von Prof. Dr. Robert J. Flatt am Institut für Baustoffe an der ETH Zürich. 2016–2019 ausserordentlicher Professor für Konservierung und Naturwissenschaften in der Konservierung am Institut für Archäologie, Konservierung und Geschichte (IAKH) der Universität Oslo.

Seit 2019 Leiter naturwissenschaftliche Analytik des Schweizerischen Instituts für Kunstwissenschaft (SIK-ISEA).


CV, Publikationen (PDF)  




  • A. Kostomitsopoulou Marketou, F. Giannici, S. Handberg, W. de Nolf, M. Cotte, F. Caruso, “Synchrotron radiation-based micro XANES and micro XRF study of unsuccessfully produced Egyptian Blue from the late Hellenistic production site of Kos (Dodecanese, Greece)”, Analytical Chemistry 93 (2021) 11557-11567. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.1c02063.

  • S. Pérez-Diez, L.J. Fernández-Menéndez, H. Morillas, A. Martellone, B. De Nigris, M. Osanna, N. Bordel, F. Caruso, J.M. Madariaga, M. Maguregui, “Elucidation of the Chemical Role of the Pyroclastic Materials on the State of Conservation of Mural Paintings from Pompeii”, Angewandte Chemie 133(6) (2021) 3065-3073. doi: 10.1002/anie.202010497.

  • E. Platania, N.L.W. Streeton, A. Lluveras-Tenorio, A. Vila, D. Buti, F. Caruso, H. Kutzke, A. Karlsson, M.P. Colombini, E. Uggerud, “Identification of green pigments and binders in late medieval painted wings from Norwegian churches”, Microchemical Journal 156 (2020) 104811. doi: 10.1016/j.microc.2020.104811.

  • E. Platania, N.L.W. Streeton, A. Vila, D. Buti, F. Caruso, E. Uggerud, “Investigation of mineralization products of lead soaps in a late medieval panel painting”, Spectrochimica Acta A 228 (2020) 117844. doi: 10.1016/j.saa.2019.117844.

  • T. Ford, A. Rizzo, E. Hendriks, T. Frøysaker, F. Caruso, “A Non-Invasive Screening Study of Varnishes Applied to Three Paintings by Edvard Munch using Portable Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (DRIFTS)”, Heritage Science 7 (2019) 84. doi: 10.1186/s40494-019-0327-1.

  • M. Lehne, S. Mantellato, A.M. Aguilar Sanchez, F. Caruso, “Conservation issues and chemical study of the causes of alteration of a part of the Stave Church in Hopperstad (Norway)”, Heritage Science 7 (2019) 80. doi: 10.1186/s40494-019-0322-6.

  • F. Caruso, S. Mantellato, N.L.W. Streeton, T. Frøysaker, “Unveiling Harriet Backer: ICP-OES study for the characterisation of the colour tubes from her original paint box”, Heritage Science 7 (2019) 1-23. doi: 10.1186/s40494-018-0244-8.

  • R.J. Flatt, N. Aly Mohamed, F. Caruso, H. Derluyn, J. Desarnaud, B. Lubelli, R.M. Espinosa Marzal, L. Pel, C. Rodriguez-Navarro, G.W. Scherer, N. Shahidzadeh, M. Steiger, “Predicting salt damage in practice: A theoretical insight into laboratory tests”, RILEM Technical Letters 2 (2017) 108-118. doi: 10.21809/rilemtechlett.2017.41

  • R.J. Flatt, F. Caruso, A.M. Aguilar Sanchez, G.W. Scherer, “Chemomechanics of salt damage in stone”, Nature Communications 5:4823 (2014). doi: 10.1038/ncomms5823

  • F. Caruso, D.F. Chillura Martino, S. Saverwyns, M. Van Bos, L. Burgio, C. Di Stefano, G. Peschke, E. Caponetti “Micro-analytical identification of the components of varnishes from South Italian historical musical instruments by PLM, ESEM-EDX, microFTIR, GC-MS, and Py-GC-MS”, Microchemical Journal 116 (2014) 31-40. doi: 10.1016/j.microc.2014.04.002

  • F. Caruso, S. Saverwyns, M. Van Bos, D.F. Chillura Martino, A.-E. Ceulemans, J. de Valck, E. Caponetti, “Micro-X-Ray Fluorescence and the Old Masters – Non-destructive In Situ Characterisation of the Varnish of Historical Low Countries Stringed Musical Instruments”, Applied Physics A 107 (2012) 197-202. doi: 10.1007/s00339-011-6729-x

  • F. Caruso, S. Orecchio, M.G. Cicero, C. Di Stefano, “Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry characterization of the varnish and glue of an ancient 18th century double bass”, Journal of Chromatography A 1147 (2007) 206-212. doi: 10.1016/j.chroma.2007.02.048