The concept underpinning the project is that long-term conservation of contemporary cultural heritage can only be based on an in-depth comprehension of the degradation mechanisms that affect art materials, in line with the call topic scope. Our experience shows that the physico-chemical compatibility of restoration materials with the original art materials, is a fundamental requirement to minimize the risks of unpredictable side effects.

NANORESTART objectives can be grouped within four categories that interact synergistically to fulfill the target of long-term preservation of modern and contemporary cultural heritage.

The ground-breaking nature of our research can be more easily outlined by focussing on specific issues. The main conservation challenges that will be addressed in the project are:


Conservation challenge 1 - Cleaning of contemporary painted and plastic surfaces (CC1)

Conservation challenge 2 - Stabilization of canvases and painted layers in contemporary art (CC2)

Conservation challenge 3 - Removal of unwanted modern materials (CC3)

Conservation challenge 4 - Enhanced protection of artworks in museums and outdoors (CC4)




The NANORESTART project is articulated into eight work-packages (WPs) that will cover 42 months. A complete description of the work plan can be found here.


Otherwise, you can learn more about each single work-package, using the links below:


Work Package 1 - Management

Work Package 2 - New tools for cleaning

Work Package 3 - Surface strengthening and consolidation

Work Package 4 - Protection of surfaces

Work Package 5 - Nanostructured substrates for highly sensitive detection

Work Package 6 - Environmental impact assessment

Work Package 7 - Industrial scale-up and exploitation of the newly developed technologies

Work Package 8 - Dissemination and knowledge transferring to stakeholders