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Francesca Casadio

Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Associate Vice President and Grainger Executive Director of Conservation and Science at The Art Institute of Chicago


2220 Campus Drive
Cook Hall Room 2036
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts Profile


Materials Science and Engineering

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Docteur Honoris Causa, Sorbonne Universités, Paris, France

Certificate, The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Milano and National Council of Research (CNR) Center “Gino Bozza," Italy

M.S. (Magna cum Laude), Chemistry, University of Milano and CNR Center “Gino Bozza," Italy

Erasmus fellowship, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, England

Research Interests

Dr. Casadio uses art objects as portals for dialogue between science and art. Her research interests lie in the application and development of scientific methods to the study of works of art, often in collaboration with academic and international partners. Her study of artists’ materials and techniques ranges from antiquity to contemporary art, with a special interest in painting materials and 18th century European porcelain. Dr. Casadio is also interested in art conservation. She shares her passion by promoting public engagement with museum objects through the creation of public programs, digital initiatives, curricular and other training activities.