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University College London was established in 1826 to open up education in England for the first time to students of any race, class or religion. UCL was also the first university to welcome female students on equal terms with men. More than 5,000 academic and research staff at UCL are dedicated to research and teaching of the highest standards to a nearly 29,000-strong student community coming from more than 150 different countries. Academic excellence and conducting research that addresses real-world problems inform our ethos to this day. UCL’s mission to create and disseminate new knowledge is supported by the latest scientific and IT infrastructure, creative learning spaces and diverse museums and collections – all underpinned by the UK's greatest concentration of professors. UCL is situated in Bloomsbury in London, a short walk from globally leading museums, libraries and galleries. Our central London campus provides an exceptional opportunity to draw on the resources of one of the world's global cities. The NanoRestart Project will involve two UCL Institutes.

Key Persons

Dr Matija Strlic is Professor of Heritage Science at UCL ISH, its Deputy Director and holds the title of Professor of Analytical Chemistry at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). His academic background is in chemistry, though he has worked in the field of heritage science for his entire career and secured funding of ~£20M for the field, in the frame of more than 40 projects. He is particularly interested in interactions between heritage materials and environments and in the development of new characterization methods. He coordinated the FP5 project Papylum, the FP6 project SurveNIR and took part in FP5 InkCor, FP6 PaperTreat, FP7 Teach, FP7 Popart and many other EU projects in the remit of cultural heritage, and co- coordinated the 8th EU Conference on Cultural Heritage Research in Ljubljana, Slovenia (2008). He is currently member of the Scientific Committee of the JPI Cultural Heritage and Global Change and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a member of IIC and ICON, as well as a Committee member of the ICON Scientific Research Group.


Dr Laurent Bozec is a Senior Lecturer in the division of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering at the Eastman Dental Institute (University College London - London). Dr Bozec is also affiliated to the London Centre for Nanotechnology. As a biophysicist with expertise in scanning probe microscopy, he is interested in understanding how the nanoscale properties of tissues shape their macro-scale behaviour. One of his main focuses has been to introduce nanometrology to the field of medical research in particular. The first part of his research portfolio concerns the field of ageing research, and especially the understanding of ageing in connective tissue at the nanoscale. The second part of his research portfolio involves the utilisation of advanced probes for determination of the properties of tissues (such as collagen) and materials that will advance both biomarker identification and the development of biomaterials. This final part of his research portfolio aims to translate and apply his expertise in nanometrology to Cultural Heritage with a particular focus on collagen based artefacts. Since 2010, Bozec has been the recipient of over £1.5M from Research Councils (EU and UK) and he is also managing a cohort of 12 PhD students since 2010. He has been taking an active role in several European collaborations such as IDAP and NanoforART (project Partner and WP leader) in the field of Cultural Heritage and is currently WP coordinator of performance assessment in EUROMED.


Dr Katherine Curran is a Lecturer in Sustainable Heritage at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, and Assistant Course Director for MRes Heritage Science and MSc Sustainable Heritage. She leads Modules in Fundamentals of Heritage Science and Sustainable Strategies, with her teaching focus being the application of scientific methods to cultural heritage; composition and degradation of cultural heritage materials, and her research focus being modern cultural heritage materials; polymer chemistry and degradation; analysis of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from historic objects. Her background is in polymer chemistry. She has been very successful in winning awards, the most prestigious ones being a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (2011), and a Fulbright Scholar Award 2010/11. She has a passion for science communication and has worked for and organized public engagement events at the British Museum, the British Library and at UCL.