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2015-2016 Catalog

IDEA 375 Cultural Conservation and Nanotechnology

This course is a year long, interdisciplinary, experiential program applying nanoscience to preserving cultural heritage. Spring activities include laboratory practica, fresco-making workshops, and presentations of conservation history. Students spend June at the Research Center for Colloids and Nanoscience (CSGI) at the University of Florence, pioneer of cutting-edge technologies for painting conservation. Museum and site visits immerse them in Italian artistic culture. In the fall, students share their knowledge, applying the protocols of nanotechnology to preserving American heritage.


Chem 121 or equivalent; Art 102 or Art 223 or Art 226