Consultancy service

Even though M2ADL's activities are primarly implemented throught its participation in national and international research projects, the Lab carries out, upon specific request, consultancy services addressed to private companies as well as institutional organisation. The level of thorough knowledge reached in the diverse fields of science and technology for cultural heritage allows M2ADL to perform specific procedures and consulting that apply to the chemical-physical characterization of materials, to the detection of the state of conservation, to ancient production techniques of both movable and immovable heritage, with particular reference to stone and bronze monuments, architectural decorations, polychrome surfaces, metal alloys and archaeological materials.

Consultancy services can be aimed at:

  • providing authorities and agencies for the conservation of cultural heritage with a practical conservation management tool which is based on the evaluation of risk and identification of conservation priorities, assessed through scientific investigation and diagnosis of the actual state of conservation;
  • carrying out diagnosis during the whole duration of a conservation restoration project, according to the above mentioned methodology.

The following analytical technique are available at M2ADL:


Chemical analysis

  • X-ray Diffractometry (XRD)
  • Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (Py-GC-MS)
  • Ion Chromatography (IC)
  • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS)


Physical analysis

  • Colour measurement
  • Portable XRay Fluorescence (XRF)
  • Multi-Spectral Scanner Imaging System



  • Optical Microscopy (including chemical microscopy and photomicrography)
  • FTIR microscopy (ATR, diamond cell, Mapping)
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) with Energy Dispersive x-ray analysis (EDS)


For enquiries and cost estimates you are kindly requested to contact us at the following address:

University of Bologna / M2ADL Via Guaccimanni, 42 48121 RAVENNA

+39 0544 937150

+39 0544 937159

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