A chemist who holds a European patent on dispersed systems for paper deacidification, Leonardo Borgioli has published numerous articles and two books on the use of polymers in conservation.
Leonardo Borgioli teaches Diagnostic Techniques for Conservators at SACI. He has worked as a researcher for Syremont, a sales manager for Phase, and is currently the technical-scientific manager for C.T.S., a European company that provides products, equipment, and systems for art restoration.
Leonardo Borgioli has a Laurea in Chemistry; University of Florence. His dissertation was on the study of microemulsions used in the cleaning of Masaccio’s frescoes in the Cappella Brancacci, church of Carmine, Florence.
My aim is to guide SACI students through the complex and highly specialized world of diagnostics for conservation. It is a challenge to understand the various scientific techniques involved, when and how they should be applied, and the depth of their potential. My objective is not to form scientists, but to teach students how to apply science to conservation by covering the main diagnostic techniques. It is impossible for the modern restorer to work on important artworks and artifacts without the help of scientific analysis—and I find the application of chemistry to art particularly interesting.