Eleonora Del Federico, PhD
Ph.D. Biophysical Chemistry, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2000
MS/BS in Analytical Chemistry, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1991
I am a Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Mathematics and Science at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. At Pratt, I am involved in the development and teaching of Chemistry courses at the interface of Chemistry/Art History and Archeology.
I am involved in the development of a program in Chemistry which focuses in the study of artists' materials, techniques and conservation tailored to Art History and Fine Arts majors. My research interests involve the study of the degradation processes in works of art and archeological objects with a focus in the degradation of pigments, wall paintings, mosaics and those triggered by pigment-binder interactions. I am also presently exploring applications of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy to Art Conservation.
Thanks to grants by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Special Grant in Chemical Sciences I have recently developed a Mobile Laboratory for the in-situ, non-destructive study of works of Art, which I direct. The Mobile Lab is presently involved in projects on site at Herculaneum in collaboration with the Herculaneum Conservation Project, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museo del Barrio. I also collaborate with New York University in projects involving the application of solid-state NMR and u-XRD to the study of pigments and their degradation products in wall paintings and mosaics.