Dr. Francesca Cappitelli
Researcher (tenured position)

Dipartimento di Scienze per gli Alimenti, la Nutrizione e l'Ambiente
Università degli Studi di Milano

Via Celoria 2, Milano 20133, Italia
Telephone +39 02 503 19121-19111 | Fax +39 02 503 19238
Mobile +39 333 3908765
francesca.cappitelli@unimi.it
Biographic Sketch

Dr. Francesca Cappitelli is a Researcher (tenured position) at the Università degli Studi di Milano, in the Dipartimento di Scienze per gli Alimenti, la Nutrizione e l'Ambiente. She received her Ph.D. (2002) in Conservation Science from the Royal College of Art, London. She has substantial post-doctoral interdisciplinary research experience and conducts high quality research which is reflected in the authorship of peer-reviewed publications. She supervises academic work by undergraduates, master and doctoral students and post-doc fellows.

Research Interests

Major research interests are in the areas of cultural heritage microbiology, biofilm studies and non-toxic antifouling strategies.

Current areas of cultural heritage microbiological research include the study of the following materials: stone, frescoes, synthetic polymers and paper. In addition, microbiological measurements for indoor and outdoor air quality assessment are subject of investigation. An additional research area is the identification of proteins in paintings and on monument surfaces using immunological and bioanalytical techniques. Finally, a further topic is the use of microorganisms for the bioremoval of undesired compounds on cultural heritage surfaces.

Biofilm research is devoted to the study of bacterial and fungal biofilms using reactors (solid/liquid interface) and the study of the architecture. A further topic is the study of the biofilm formation at the air/solid interface.

Increasingly restrictive regulations limiting the use of substances hazardous to human health and the environment have resulted in several biocides being banned. The study focuses on the investigation of non-toxic environmentally-friendly compounds such as those produced by organisms (e.g. zosteric acid by Zostera marina) that interfere with microbial adhesion and intercellular communication.