Francesca Casadio, Ph.D., Co-Director
Francesca Casadio joined the Art Institute of Chicago in July 2003 to establish and direct a state of the art conservation science laboratory. As the Museum's first A. W. Mellon Senior Conservation Scientist, she is in charge of planning and carrying out scientific research in support of the preservation and study of the Museum's collection. Francesca Casadio received her PhD and MS degrees in Chemistry from the University of Milan, Italy. In 2006, Dr. Casadio was awarded the L'Oréal Art and Science of Color Silver Prize for distinguished contribution to the creative meeting of science and art through color with her collaborative research with Professor Richard P. Van Duyne of Northwestern University. Casadio has published on numerous topics in the conservation science field, dealing with both movable and immovablecultural heritage. She is an Associate Editor of Studies in Conservation and Co-chair of the 2014 Gordon Research Conference on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research. Her research interests are the application and development of analytical methods to the study of works of art (including synchrotron techniques), SERS, and interdisciplinary technical art history studies. Her work has been featured on air, online and in print on: reuters online media, US National Public Radio, The Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, Italy's il Corriere della sera, il Sole24 ore, Vogue Italia, radio rai, and other media.
Katherine T. Faber, Ph.D., Co-Director
Katherine T. Faber currently holds the position of Simon Ramon Professor of Materials Science in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at California Institute of Technology. Educated at Alfred University with a BS in ceramic engineering (1975), she then went on to the Pennsylvania State University for a MS in ceramic science (1978) and to the University of California at Berkeley for a PhD in materials science and engineering (1982). Prior to joining the faculty at Caltech in 2014, she was assistant and associate professor of ceramic engineering at the Ohio State University (1982-87) and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, her administrative positions have included associate dean for graduate studies and Research in the McCormick School (1992-97) and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (1998-2003). Her research interests include fracture and toughening of ceramics, ceramic composites and coatings, thermal shock and reliability. She has published more than 150 papers and edited one book in the area of fracture and toughening mechanisms in ceramics, glasses, electronic materials, cement-based materials, and ceramic-matrix composites, and has been named an ISI Highly Cited Author. In conservation science, her interests lie in porcelains, embrittlement of paints, and phase analysis of silicate-based materials including members of the jade family.
Marc Walton, D. Phil., Senior Scientist
Marc Walton currently holds the position of Research Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. He was trained in Chemistry and Art History at Clark University. He earned a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in archaeological science following an MA in art history, as well as a diploma in the conservation of works of art, from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. After earning his Ph.D, Marc worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for two years prior to joining the Getty Conservation Institute in 2005, where he was an associate scientist responsible for the scientific study of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. In addition, he established and ran the analytical laboratory at the Getty Villa site, and served as co-PI on a National Science Foundation Cultural Heritage Science grant on ancient Athenian pottery. His research has focused primarily on trade and manufacture of ancient objects.
William Kung, Ph.D., Director of Operations
William Kung received his B.S. in physics from California Institute of Technology and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Pennsylvania on soft matter theory. Trained as a theorist, William has studied the formation of various non-closed packed structures in colloidal crystals, investigated new scaling regime for topologically constrained polymers via field-theoretic renormalization group calculations, developed the dynamical theory of polar liquid crystals using the general Poisson-bracket formalism, and studied the general effects of water-mediated solvation and the asymmetry between positive and negative charges on nanoparticle crystallization. He is also the author of the research monograph Geometry and Phase Transitions in Colloids and Polymers. In his NU-ACCESS role, William oversees the daily operations and budget of the center.
Monica Ganio, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow
Monica Ganio received her M.Sc. in Science and Technology for Cultural Heritage from the University of Turin, Italy, performing compositional studies on late Sassanid-early Islamic glass. After a twelve-month internship at the Getty Conservation Institute of Los Angeles, she completed her Ph.D. in Geology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium, focusing on Roman glass provenance studies through the use of elemental chemical analysis and radiogenic isotopic analysis. Monica is currently a NU-ACCESS Postdoctoral Fellow working on the elemental characterization of inorganic materials.
Johanna Salvant, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow
Johanna Salvant studied Chemistry and Materials Science at Chimie-ParisTech in Paris, France, and obtained her M.Sc. in the analysis of archeological materials at the University College London, UK. Johanna completed her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry performing analyses of chemical and physical properties of Vincent Van Gogh's painting materials at the Musee du Louvre in the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musees de France (C2RMF). Before joining NU-ACCESS, she held postdoctoral appointments at the Van Gogh Museum and Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de Paris (ESPCI), France, working on the characterization of the microstructure of complex polymeric materials.
Internal Steering Committee
A revolving Internal Steering Committee provides oversight and guidance for the activities of NU-ACCESS. Its members are:
- Lisa Corrin, Director, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University
- Jesús Escobar, Department Chair, Art History, Northwestern University
- Monica Olvera de la Cruz, Lawyer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry
- Julio M. Ottino, Dean, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University
- Harriet Stratis, Senior Research Conservator, Art Institute of Chicago
- Frank Zuccari, Grainger Executive Director, Department of Conservation, Art Institute of Chicago
External Advisory Committee
An External Advisory Committee meets annually to assess the progress of NU-ACCESS in meeting its goals. Currently it comprises:
- Dr. David Bomford, Director of Conservation, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
- Dr. Marco Leona, David H. Koch Scientist in Charge, Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Dr. Costanza Miliani, Senior Researcher, National Council of Research, Italy and Head, Molab Transnational Access Service