Conservation Sciences

Head: ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Weber
The Conservation Sciences Department was founded in 2006. It is primarily concerned with material-related restoration and conservation topics and in view of the frequently ill-defined limits to archaeometry, specific topics relating to this discipline are also handled. The main difference to the neighbouring Archaeometry Departments relates to the materials, as mineral substances such as stone, mortar and ceramics form the departmental research focus.   

Current national and international research projects consist of an EU project regarding nano-systems for stone conservation (Project No. 213651 STONECORE, Sept. 2008 - Aug. 2011); a second EU project relating to 19th century cement (Project No. 226898 ROCARE, Sept. 2009 - Aug. 2012, the department is the project manager), long-term research activities concerning the conservation problem and the techniques of early Christian murals (Paul Cave in Ephesos), antique wall painting techniques (Ephesos and Ostia) and the preventive conservation of medieval murals ((Virgilkapelle in Vienna).
A newly launched co-operative research project within the scope of the WTZ Austria-Hungary programme involves the visualisation of conservation media in the pores of restoration materials.  

Without doubt, the methodological focal point of the department is in the microscopic area. Materials are characterised and their production techniques examined using various light-optical microscopes and a scanning electron microscope. In addition, weathering processes are studied and analyses and conservation materials evaluated with regard to their effectiveness.   

Naturally, the department is also at the service of Conservation and Restoration students, who are supported from the initial phase of their courses up to graduation with regard to material science by means of lectures, seminars, exercises and excursions.