Prof. Dr. Francesca Cappitelli
Associate Professor

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
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Chairperson

* "Biodeterioration and preservation of desert archaeological sites" in Drylands, Desert and Desertification, Sede Boqer Campus, Israel, 6 November 2017.

* "Communicating microbiology through popular magazines, the press and open internet resources" round table, in Microbiology Education and Communication Symposium of FEMS Microbiology Congress 2015, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 10 June 2015.

* "European Conference of Biodeterioration of Stone Monuments", Universitè de Cergy-Pontoise, Cergy-Pontoise, France, 7 November 2014.

* "Convegno ANFOMAT - Novel materials for medical devices based on biofunctionalized surfaces with antifouling properties", Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, 21 February 2014.

* "Conservation Science 2007" organised by Politecnico di Milan in collaboration with University of Milan, The Institute of Conservation Science (UK) e The Institute of Conservation (UK), Milan, 10-11 May 2007.

* "Science, Technology and Cultural Heritage", Museo Diocesano, Catania, 9-11 November 2005, organised by Associazione Italiana del Vuoto (AIV) in collaboration with Associazione Italiana di Scienza e Tecnologia della Macromolecole (AIM).

* "Plastics - past and present, 4th symposium on conserving synthetic materials", Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germania, 24-25 November 2004, AXA Art Conservation Project in collaboration with the Vitra Design Museum.

Organising Committees

* "Workshop BioStone. Unraveling mechanisms of BIO-deterioration of STONES in historical sites: methodologies for preserving cultural heritage", organised by Università degli Studi di Milano and Ben Gurion University, Israel, 26 May 2017.

* "2nd European conference on Biodeterioration of stone monuments", organised by Universitè de Cergy-Pontoise and Università degli Studi di Milano, Cergy-Pontoise, France, 17-18 November 2016.

* "Unraveling the effects of food-related engineered NANOparticles on the GUT interactive ecosystem", organised by Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, 15 September 2016.

* "13th Symposium on Bacterial Genetics and Ecology (BAGECO13)", Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, 14-18 June 2015.

* "X Workshop Doctorate in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Ecology of Plant Protection Products and Xenobiotics", Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, 18-19 December 2014.

* "Convegno ANFOMAT - Novel materials for medical devices based on biofunctionalized surfaces with antifouling properties", Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, 21 February 2014.

* "IX Workshop Doctorate in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Ecology of Plant Protection Products and Xenobiotics", Università degli Studi di Milano in collaboration with Università Cattolica di Piacenza, Milan, 27-28 January 2014.

* "VII Workshop Doctorate in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Ecology of Plant Protection Products and Xenobiotics", Università degli Studi di Milano in collaboration with Università Cattolica di Piacenza, Milan, 26-27 January 2012.

* "Microbial Diversity 2011, Environmental Stress and Adaptation", SIMTREA, Milan, 26-28 October 2011.

* "VI Workshop Doctorate in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Ecology of Plant Protection Products and Xenobiotics", Università degli Studi di Milano in collaboration with Università Cattolica di Piacenza, Milan, 20-21 December 2010.

* "V Workshop Doctorate in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Ecology of Plant Protection Products and Xenobiotics", Università degli Studi di Milano in collaboration with Università Cattolica di Piacenza, Milan, 18-19 January 2010.

* "Conservation Science 2007", organised by Politecnico di Milan with University of Milan, The Institute of Conservation Science (UK) and The Institute of Conservation (UK), Milan, 10-11 May 2007.

Scientific Committees

* "Conservation Science 2007" Politecnico di Milan in collaboration with Università degli Studi di Milano, The Institute of Conservation Science (UK) and The Institute of Conservation (UK), Milan, 10-11 May 2007.

* "Science, Technology and Cultural Heritage" Associazione Italiana del Vuoto (AIV) in collaboration with Associazione Italiana di Scienza e Tecnologia della Macromolecole (AIM), Catania, Italy, 9-11 November 2005.

Invited speaker

* "Role of microorganisms in the conservation of stone heritage", Conservation of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel, Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology and the Italy-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 13-15 March 2018.

* "Importance of Interactions in the Tripartite System Stone/Biofilm/Air", Gordon Research Conference, Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research, Gordon Research Conferences, Newry, ME, USA, 1 August 2016.

* "Microbiological Methods for Cultural Heritage Conservation", NanotechItaly 2015, Bologna, 27 November 2015.

* "I microrganismi come biodeteriogeni delle opere d'arte", 43 Congresso Nazionale della Societá Italiana di Microbiologia - SIM 2015, Napoli, Italy, 30 September 2015.

* "Biocleaning of cultural heritage surfaces", European Conference of Biodeterioration of Stone Monuments, Universitè de Cergy-Pontoise, Cergy-Pontoise, France, 7 November 2014.

* "Use of Microbes in the Conservation and Restoration of Art Objects", Université De Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 20 January 2014.

* "Sperimentazione di biopulitura sull'affresco San Sebastiano, San Giovanni Battista e un devoto", Biorestauro, Vatican Museums, Vatican State City, 10 October 2013.

* "Il Biodeterioramento di polimeri sintetici", Tavola Rotonda "Il restauro e la conservazione di operee d'arte contemporanee", X Convention Ambiente Ricerca Giovani, Bergamo, 15-20 November 2009.

* "New environmental-friendly approaches against biodeterioration of outdoor cultural heritage", workshop "Biocolonization of Stone: Control and Preventive Measures", 20-22 April 2009, Museum Conservation Institute (MCI), Washington (US).

* "Fungal attack of natural and synthetic materials of cultural heritage", conference "The IUMS XIIth International Congress of Mycology", 5-9 August 2008, Istanbul (Turckey).

* "Removal of undesirable compounds from stone and frescoes using bacteria", National Heritage Board of Sweden, Workshop "Removal of Damaging Conservation Treatments in Mural Paintings", 2-3 November 2007, Österbybruk (Sweden).

* "Indagine microbiologica di alterazioni rosa presenti su materiale lapideo di interesse artistico", University of Trento, Potenzialitá della Citometria a flusso nell'analisi di matrici ambientali, 14 December 2004, Rovereto.

* "Il biodeterioramento di resine sintetiche usate in conservazione", Associazione Italiana di Scienza e Tecnologia delle Macromolecole, Commissione Ambiente e Beni Culturali, durante le giornate di studio "Polimeri e Beni Culturali", 4-5 June 2004, Florence.

Oral presentations (International conferences)

* "Biocleaning and study of biodeterioration of terracotta", in "Analisi e Conservazione delle Superfici in Cotto", Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Architettura e Pianificazione, 4 February 2010, Milan. Workshop organised for the University of Nanjing, China.

* "Biodeterioramento di adesivi naturali e sintetici", in "Colore e Conservazione - Materiali e Metodi nel Restauro delle Opere Policrome Mobili", 21-22 November 2008, Milan.

* "Microorganisms attack synthetic polymers in cultural heritage", in "Conservation Science 2007", 10-11 May 2007, Milan.

* "Biotechnologies and Cultural Heritage", in "7th European Conference 'SAUVEUR', Safeguarded Cultural Heritage, Understanding & Viability for the Enlarged Europe", 31 May-3 June 2006, Prague, Czech Republic.

* "Biodeterioration and bioremediation of cultural heritage surfaces made of stone", in "Surface reactivity in minerals", 10-11 April 2006, Gargnano, Brescia, Italy.

* "Biotechnology and Cultural Heritage", in "Science, Technology and Cultural Heritage" workshop, 9-11 November 2005, Catania, Italy.

* "Conservation of biodeteriorated ancient documents and paper consolidation by plasma treatments" in "14th Triennial Meeting ICOM-CC", 12-16 September 2005, The Hague, The Netherlands.

* "Biotreatment of salts at Matera Cathedral", in "Heritage, Microbiology and Science", University of Portsmouth, 29 June-2 July 2005, Portsmouth, UK.

* "Bioconservation of the marble base of the Pietà Rondanini by Michelangelo Buonarroti", in "European Geosciences Union, General Assembly 2005", 24-29 April 2005, Vienna, Austria.

* "The EC project "Bioremediation for Building Restoration of the Urban Stone Heritage in European States (BIOBRUSH)", in "Air Pollution and Cultural Heritage An International Workshop", 1-3 December 2003, Siviglia, Spain.

* "Thermally assisted hydrolysis and methylation pyrolysis - gas chromatography / mass spectrometry for the chemical characterisation of traditional and synthetic binders" in 13th Triennial Meeting ICOM-CC, 22-27 September 2002, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

* "The chemical characterisation of alkyd resins by thermally assisted hydrolysis and methylation - gas chromatography / mass spectrometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy", Conservation Science 2002, 22-24 May 2002, Edinburgh, UK.

* "An improved methodology for the chemical characterisation of alkyd-based paints", in "Gerry Hedley Student Symposium", University of Northumbria, 2 June 2000, NewCastle, UK.

Oral presentations (Italian conferences)

* "Biorestauro: i batteri amici", in "La Biologia applicata ai beni culturali: dalla diagnostica all'intervento conservativo" organised by Centro Conservazione e Restauro La Venaria Reale, 10 May 2013, Venaria Reale (TO).

* "Pulitura di beni culturali con batteri", in "Verso un restauro compatibile con i processi naturali della materia" organised by Opificio delle Pietre Dure (Florence), held at Salone del Restauro, 31 March 2011, Ferrara.

* "Demetra e Cronos. Il caso studio delle statue del lapidario del Castello del Buonconsiglio", in "Le biotecnologie nella conservazione dei beni architettonici", 9 June 2006, Trento.

* "Biodeterioramento dei polimeri sintetici" e "Biorisanamento: tecniche di pulitura con enzimi e microorgasmi", in "Biotecnologie, Biologia e Nanotecnologie per la Conservazione dei Beni Culturali", 6 June 2006, Genova.

* "Potenzialità delle tecniche di biologia molecolare per lo studio di biodeteriogeni presenti nell'aria", in "XI Congresso Nazionale dell'Associazione Italiana di Aerobiologia", 5-8 April 2006, Parma.

* "Biotecnologie microbiche e restauro", in "Nano e Bio Tecnologie per il Restauro" workshop, 8 April 2005, Ferrara.

* "Biotecnologie microbiche per il recupero di opere d'arte deteriorate", in "Dal pest management al pest control", 1 October 2004, Florence.

* "Intervento di biorestauro sull'ara della Pietà Rondanini di Michelangelo", in "32esimo Congresso Nazionale Società Italiana di Microbiologia", 26-29 September 2004, Milan.

* "Progetto finanziato europeo "Bioremediation for building restoration of the urban stone heritage in European states (BIOBRUSH)", in "Biologia e Beni Culturali", 22-23 September 2003, Como.

* "Il biodeterioramento di resine sintetiche suate come leganti", in "Biologia e Beni Culturali", 22-23 September 2003, Como.

* "THM-GCMS and FTIR for the study of binding media in Yellow Islands by Jackson Pollock and Break Point by Fiona Banner", in "Ricerca Applicata ai Beni Culturali, la chimica, l'ambiente, la diagnostica, il restauro e la conservazione", 3-4 October 2002, Urbino.

Full papers published in Proceedings and Pre-prints

* D. Gulotta, M. Bertoldi, S. Bortolotto, A. Polo, F. Cappitelli, L. Toniolo. 2012. "The Richini Courtyard in Milan: Characterisation of the restoration materials and decay evaluation", "VII Congresso A.I.Ar.", 22-24 February 2012, 1-8, Modena, Italy.

* Polo A., Cappitelli F., Giacomucci L., Troiano F., Cattó C., Sorlini C. 2011. “Alterative microorganisms living on stone artworks exposed to environmental stress conditions”, "Microbial Diversity 2011. Environmental stress and adaptation. Congress of Società Italiana di Microbiologia Agraria, Alimentare e Ambientale (SIMTREA)", 26-28 October 2011, Milan.

* Sorlini C., Cappitelli F., Ranalli G. 2008. "Viable bacteria for the biorecovery of deteriorated cultural heritage surfaces. the case of the monumental cemetery frescies of Pisa", "XXX National congress on calorimetry, thermal analysis and chemical thermodynamics" Proceedings, 9-12 December 2008, Pisa, Italy.

* Cappitelli F., Zanardini E., Abbruscato P., Ranalli G., Sorlini C. 2003. "Selection of biological agents with bioremedial activity on stones in Historic Cities", "7th OWHC International Symposium" Proceedings, 23 - 26 September 2003, Rodhes, Greece.

* Cappitelli F. 2000. "An improved methodology for the chemical characterisation of alkyd-based paints", "Gerry Hedley Student Symposium" Proceedings, 2 June 2000, 69-73, NewCastle, UK.

Congress abstracts

* Cappitelli F., "Biorestauro: i batteri amici", La biologia applicata ai beni culturali: dalla diagnostica all'intervento conservativo, Venaria Reale (Turin), 10 May 2013, 15. .

* Cappitelli F., Forlani F., Gelain A., Ottolina G., Secundo F., Sorlini C., Villa F., Villa S., Vitali A., "ANFOMAT - Novel materials for medical devices based on biofunctionalized surfaces with antifouling properties", III Convegno Nazionale SIMTREA, Bari 26-28 June 2012, 170.

* Villa F., Salvadori O., Albanese D., Cappitelli F., "Cyanobacteria cause black staining of the National Museum of the American Indian Building (Washington, D.C., USA)", III Convegno Nazionale SIMTREA, Bari 26-28 June 2012, 179.

* Sorlini C., Giacomucci L., Salvadori O., Bertoncello R., Martini I., Favaro M., Villa F., Cappitelli F. "Biodeterioration of Artistic Tiles from the Facade of the Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria (Venice, Italy)", 5th International Congress "Science and Technology for the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean Basin", Istanbul, Turkey, 22-25 November 2011, 167

* Cappitelli F., Pasquariello G., Tarsitani G., Moroni C., Maggi O., Sorlini C., "Evaluation of microbial contamination of artworks on paper and environments of cultural heritage", "Cultural Heritage Cairo 2009, 4th International Congress "Science and Technology for the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage of the Mediterranean Basin", Cairo, Egypt, 197-198.

* Ranalli G., Zanardini E., Cappitelli F., Sorlini C., "Impiego di microrganismi nella pulitura di affreschi", Il Camposanto di Pisa: un progetto di restauro integrato, Opera della Primaziale Pisana, 6-8 March 2008, Pisa, Italy, 38-41.

* Ranalli G., Zanardini E., Cappitelli F., Sorlini C., "Biorestauro: tecniche innovative di pulitura con microrganismi", Tecniche dell'informazione e della comunicazione culturale, Tokyo 16-17 April 2007, primavera italiana, Italia in Giappone, CNR, 46 e Multi-quality approach to cultural heritage, CNR, 14-15 November 2006, Roma, 61-62.

* Villa F., Principi P., Zanardini E., Cappitelli F., Giussani B., Sorlini C., "Dinamica della comunità ammonio-ossidante tramite PCR in situ del gene funzionale amoA in un sistema di depurazione a fanghi attivi contaminati da rame", SIMTREA, 17-18 July 2006, Bologna, Italy, 41.

* Cappitelli F., Principi P., Sorlini C., "Il biodeterioramento dei polimeri sintetici componenti o consolidanti/protettivi delle opere d'arte", SIMTREA, 17-18 July 2006, Bologna, Italy, 47.

* Cappitelli F., Ranalli G., Zanardini E., Mello E., Sorlini C., "Biotreatment of salts in stone at Matera Cathedral", Heritage, Microbiology and Science, University of Portsmouth, 29 June-2 July 2005, Portsmouth, UK.

* Cappitelli F., Zanardini E., Toniolo L., Abbruscato P., Ranalli G., Sorlini C., "Bioconservation of the marble base of the Pietà Rondanini by Michelangelo Buonarroti", Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 7, 06675, 2005, SRef-ID: 1607-7962/gra/EGU05-A-06675, European Geosciences Union 2005.

* Cappitelli F., Abbruscato P., Zanardini E., Ranalli G., Realini M., Sorlini C., The EU funded project "Bioremediation for Building Restoration of the Urban Stone Heritage in European States (BIOBRUSH)", Air Pollution and Cultural Heritage Workshop, 1-3 December 2003, Seville, Spain, 53-54.

* Cappitelli F., Zanardini E., Principi P., Abbruscato P., Vicini S., Princi E., Sorlini C., "Il biodeterioramento di resine sintetiche usate come leganti", Biologia e Beni Culturali, A.i.A.r., 22-23 September 2003, Villa Gallia, Como, 24.

* Sorlini C., Zanardini E., Cappitelli F., Abbruscato P., Zangrossi M., Realini M., Ranalli G., "Il progetto europeo "Bioremediation for Building Restoration of the Urban Stone Heritage in European States (BIOBRUSH)", Biologia e Beni Culturali, A.i.A.r., 22-23 September 2003, Villa Gallia, Como, 30-31.

* Zanardini E., Abbruscato P., Cappitelli F., Realini M., Sorlini C., "Studio delle croste nere presenti sul marmo di Condoglia del Duomo di Milan", Biologia e Beni Culturali, A.i.A.r., 22-23 September 2003, Villa Gallia, Como, Italy, 32.

* Cappitelli F., Sorlini C., "Biodeterioration and bioremediation of cultural heritage surfaces made of stone", in Surface reactivity in minerals, Università degli Studi di Milano and Università degli Studi Milano-Bicocca, Gargnano, Brescia, Italy, 9.

Posters

* Cappitelli F., Cardinali G., Basaglia M., Daffonchio D., Gobbetti M., Neviani E., "Italian Society for Agriculture, Food and Environmental Microbiology (SIMTREA) - Education", 5th Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS 2013), Leipzig, Germany, 21-25 July, 2013.

* Cappitelli F., Forlani F., Gelain A., Ottolina G., Secundo F., Sorlini C., Villa F., Villa S., Vitali A., "ANFOMAT Novel materials for medical devices based on biofunctionalized surfaces with antifouling properties", III Convegno Nazionale SIMTREA, Bari 26-28 June, 2012.

* Villa F., Salvadori O., Albanese D., Cappitelli F., "Cyanobacteria cause black staining of the National Museum of the American Indian Building (Washington, D.C., USA)", III Convegno Nazionale SIMTREA, Bari 26-28 June, 2012.

* Sanmartín P., Villa F., Silva B., Cappitelli F., Prieto B., "Evaluation of three biocide strategies in planktonic Nostoc sp. PCC 9104 stone biofilm-forming cyanobacterium by quantification of the color variations", 10th International Conference on non-destructive investigations and microanalysis for the diagnostics and conservation of cultural and environmental heritage", Firenze (Italy), 13-15 April, 2011.

* Parini G., Villa F., Cappitelli F., Roda G., Secundo F., "Immobilized enzyme on a plastic surface: how to weaken a biofilm", COST Exploratory Workshop on "Biofilms -- Friend or Foe?", Berlin (Germany), 22-23 June 2011.

* Villa F., Remelli W., Guerrieri N., Forlani F., Cappitelli F. "Adaptative responses of Azotobacter vinelandii biofilm to oxidative stress: functional role of the rhodanese-like protein RhdA", Environmental stress and adaptation, MD 2011, Milan (Italy), 26-28 October 2011.

* Villa F., Pitts B., Stewart P. S., Giussani B., Albanese D., Cappitelli F., "Efficacy of zosteric acid against Candida albicans biofilm", Biofilm Science & Technology Meeting, Bozeman, Montana, USA, 7-9 July 2009.

* Villa F., Polo A., Principi P., Giacomucci L., Sorlini C., Cappitelli F., "New environmental-friendly approaches against detrimental biofilms", SIMTREA, Sassari, 9-12 June 2009.

* Cappitelli F., Fermo P., Piazzalunga A., Vecchi R., Valli G., Sorlini C., Zanardini E., "Chemical-physical and aerobiological measurements for indoor air quality at the Ca' Granda historical Archive, Milan (Italy)", Conservation Science 2007, Milan 10-11 May 2007.

* Cappitelli F., Principi P., Sorlini C., "Il biodeterioramento dei polimeri sintetici componenti o consolidanti/protettivi delle opere d'arte", SIMTREA, Bologna 17-18 July 2006.

* Villa F., Principi P., Zanardini E., Cappitelli F., Giussani B., Sorlini C., "Dinamica della comunità ammonio-ossidante tramite PCR in situ del gene funzionale amoA in un sistema di depurazione a fanghi attivi contaminati da rame", SIMTREA, Bologna, Italy, 17-18 July 2006.

* Cappitelli F., Sorlini C., Pedemonte E. , Princi E. , Vicini S., "Mechanical characterisation of paper and cellulose based textiles affected by fungal deterioration and consolidate with acrylic polymers", "Science, Technology and Cultural Heritage" workshop, Catania, Italy, 9-11 November 2005.

* Cappitelli F., Sorlini C., "Biotechnologies and cultural heritage", COST Strategic Workshop - "COST and Cultural Heritage: Crossing Borders", Firenze, 20-22 October 2005.

* Laguardia L., Vassallo E., Cappitelli F., Cremona A., Mesto E., "Plasma Treatment for Restoration and Conservation of Paper Cultural Heritage", IVC-16 (16th International Vacuum Congress); ICSS-12 (12th International Conference on Solid Surfaces), NANO-8 (8th Int. Conference on Nanometer Scale Science and Technology); AIV-17 (17th Vacuum National Symposium), Venezia, June 28 - July 2, 2004.

* Depero L.E., Sorlini C., Toniolo L., Cappitelli F., Bontempi E., Abbruscato P., Pedrazzani R., Zanardini E., "Investigation of the damage caused by microorganisms colonizing Candoglia marble of Milan cathedral" Archeometry 2004, Saragoza, Spain, 3-7 May 2004.

* Cappitelli F., Zanardini E., Principi P., Realini M., Sorlini C., "Investigation on biodegradability of synthetic binders in paints by fungi" ICOM-CC Working Group "Modern Materials" Interim Meeting, Colonia, Germany, 12-14 March 2001, 68.

* Cappitelli F., Learner T., "Thermally assisted hydrolysis and methylation- pyrolysis - gas chromatography / mass spectrometry for the chemical characterisation of synthetic binders in paints" ICOM-CC Working Group "Modern Materials" Interim Meeting, Cologne, Germany, 12-14 March 2001, 66-67.

* Cappitelli F., Zanardini E., Principi P., Realini M., Sorlini C., "Fungal attack on synthetic binders", London Materials Society/South Kensington Forum, London, UK, 26 October 2000.