Francesco Caruso

Associate Professor - Conservation
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Phone +47-22859363
Room 208B
Visiting address Frederiks gate 3 0164 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1008 Blindern 0315 OSLO


  • M.Sc. in Chemistry, 2005, University of Palermo, Italy
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences, 2011, University of Palermo, Italy
  • High school teaching degree in Chemistry and Chemical Technologies, 2015, University of Palermo, Italy

Work Experience


  • 2015 Materials and Structures: Outstanding Paperawarded for the article by Y. Seguí Femenias, U. Angst, F. Caruso, B. Elsener, Ag/AgCl ion-selective electrodes in neutral and alkaline environments containing interfering ions
  • 2009, Erasmus LLP Placement scholarship, awarded for an internship at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels (Belgium) from January to April 2010
  • 2009, Best E-Chem Test in General Chemistry, awarded at the 3rd Residential Summer School on Conservation Science held at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
  • 2009, Best Poster Award, awarded at Technart 2009. Non-destructive and Microanalytical Techniques in Art and Cultural Heritage. Athens (Greece). For the poster by E. Caponetti, F. Caruso, D.F. Chillura Martino, C. Di Stefano, M.L. Saladino, XRF characterisation of the varnishes of ancient stringed instruments
Tags: Conservation Science, Archaeometry, Conservation, Chemistry, education, Cultural heritage


  • Caruso, Francesco; Mantellato, Sara; Streeton, Noëlle Lynn Wenger & Frøysaker, Tine (2019). Unveiling Harriet Backer: ICP-OES study for the characterisation of the colour tubes from her original paint box. Heritage Science.  ISSN 2050-7445.  7, s 1- 23 . doi: 10.1186/s40494-018-0244-8 Show summary
  • Stoveland, Lena Porsmo; Stols-Witlox, Maartje; Ormsby, Bronwyn; Caruso, Francesco & Frøysaker, Tine (2019). Edvard Munch’s monumental Aula paintings: a review of soiling and surface cleaning issues and the search for new solutions, In Rhiannon Clarricoates; Helen Dowding & Adèle Wright (ed.),  Interactions of Water with Paintings.  Archetype Publications Ltd..  ISBN 9781909492691.  10.  s 85 - 99
  • Bran-Anleu, Paula; Caruso, Francesco; Wangler, Timothy; Pomjakushina, Ekaterina & Flatt, Robert J. (2018). Standard and sample preparation for the micro XRF quantification of chlorides in hardened cement pastes. Microchemical journal (Print).  ISSN 0026-265X.  141, s 382- 387 . doi: 10.1016/j.microc.2018.05.040
  • Caruso, Francesco; Wangler, Timothy & Flatt, Robert J. (2018). Easy Illustration of Salt Damage in Stone. Journal of Chemical Education.  ISSN 0021-9584.  95(9), s 1615- 1620 . doi: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00815
  • Sanchez, A. M. Aguilar; Caruso, Francesco; Girardet, F.; Martirena, Fernando; Wangler, T. & Flatt, Robert J. (2018). The decay of the historical site of malecon in Havana, Cuba: Salt crystallization damage at repair interfaces. RILEM Bookseries.  ISSN 2211-0844.  16, s 409- 414 . doi: 10.1007/978-94-024-1207-9_66
  • Stoveland, Lena Porsmo; Caruso, Francesco & Frøysaker, Tine (2018). Irma Salo Jægers Komposisjon Oktober 64. Meddelelser om konservering.  ISSN 0106-469X.  s 27- 42
  • Caruso, Francesco; Mantellato, Sara; Palacios, Marta & Flatt, Robert J. (2017). A Powerful Tool to Better Understand Cement Hydration. Chimia (Basel).  ISSN 0009-4293.  71(3), s 131- 131 . doi: 10.2533/chimia.2017.131
  • Caruso, Francesco; Mantellato, Sara; Palacios, Marta & Flatt, Robert J. (2017). ICP-OES method for the characterization of cement pore solutions and their modifications by polycarboxylate-based superplasticizers. Cement and Concrete Research.  ISSN 0008-8846.  91C, s 52- 60 . doi: 10.1016/j.cemconres.2016.10.007
  • Flatt, Robert J.; Aly Mohamed, Nevin; Caruso, Francesco; Derluyn, Hannelore; Desarnaud, Julie; Lubelli, Barbara; Espinosa-Marzal, Rosa Maria; Pel, Leo; Rodriguez-Navarro, Carlos; Scherer, George W.; Shahidzadeh, Noushine & Steiger, Michael (2017). Predicting salt damage in practice: a theoretical insight into laboratory tests. RILEM Technical Letters.  ISSN 2518-0231.  2, s 108- 118 . doi: 10.21809/rilemtechlett.2017.41 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Seguí Femenias, Yurena; Angst, Ueli Michael; Caruso, Francesco & Elsener, Bernhard (2016). Ag/AgCl ion-selective electrodes in neutral and alkaline environments containing interfering ions. Materials and Structures.  ISSN 1359-5997.  49, s 2637- 2651 . doi: 10.1617/s11527-015-0673-8
  • Caruso, Francesco; Chillura Martino, Delia Francesca; Saverwyns, Steven; Van Bos, Marina; Burgio, Lucia; Di Stefano, Cosimo; Peschke, Gabriele & Caponetti, Eugenio (2014). Micro-analytical identification of the components of varnishes from South Italian historical musical instruments by PLM, ESEM-EDX, microFTIR, GC-MS, and Py-GC-MS. Microchemical journal (Print).  ISSN 0026-265X.  116, s 31- 40 . doi: 10.1016/j.microc.2014.04.002
  • Flatt, Robert J.; Caruso, Francesco; Aguilar Sanchez, Asel Maria & Scherer, George W. (2014). Chemomechanics of salt damage in stone. Nature Communications.  ISSN 2041-1723. . doi: 10.1038/ncomms5823 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Caruso, Francesco; Gelardi, Giulia; Elsener, Bernhard & Flatt, Robert J. (2013). Demonstration of atomic emission from exploding hydrogen balloons for (almost) everybody. Journal of Chemical Education.  ISSN 0021-9584.  90, s 1406- 1408 . doi: 10.1021/ed300785q
  • Caruso, Francesco; Saverwyns, Steven; Van Bos, Marina; Chillura Martino, Delia Francesca; Ceulemans, Anne-Emmanuelle; de Valck, Joris & Caponetti, Eugenio (2012). Micro-X-Ray Fluorescence and the Old Masters - Non-destructive In Situ Characterisation of the Varnish of Historical Low Countries Stringed Musical Instruments. Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing.  ISSN 0947-8396.  107, s 197- 202 . doi: 10.1007/s00339-011-6729-x
  • Frank, Patrick; Caruso, Francesco & Caponetti, Eugenio (2012). Ancient Wood of the Acqualadrone Rostrum: Materials History through Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry and Sulfur X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy. Analytical Chemistry.  ISSN 0003-2700.  84, s 4419- 4428 . doi: 10.1021/ac3001258
  • Caruso, Francesco; Caponetti, Eugenio; Chillura Martino, Delia & Floriano, Michele Antonio (2011). Scienza e Arti Perdute: i Segreti degli Antichi Maestri Liutai. CnS. La Chimica nella Scuola.  ISSN 0392-8942.  4, s 225- 229
  • Caruso, Francesco; Saladino, Maria Luisa; Spinella, Alberto; Di Stefano, Cosimo; Tisseyre, Philippe; Tusa, Sebastiano & Caponetti, Eugenio (2011). Physico-chemical characterization of the Acqualadrone rostrum. Archaeometry.  ISSN 0003-813X.  53, s 547- 562 . doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4754.2010.00567.x
  • Caruso, Francesco; Giannici, Francesco; Caruso, Fulvio & Floriano, Michele Antonio (2010). A new procedure for the lightning experiment: Mn2O7 and ethanol. Chemical Educator.  ISSN 1430-4171.  15, s 108- 109 . doi: 10.1333/s00897102220a
  • Caruso, Francesco; Orecchio, Santino; Cicero, Maria Grazia & Di Stefano, Cosimo (2007). Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry characterization of the varnish and glue of an ancient 18th century double bass. Journal of Chromatography A.  ISSN 0021-9673.  1147, s 206- 212 . doi: 10.1016/j.chroma.2007.02.048

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  • Lucejko, Jeannette J.; McQueen, Caitlin; Braovac, Susan; Sahlstedt, Malin; Modugno, F; Caruso, Francesco; Mantellato, Sara & Colombini, Maria Perla (2019). Acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of paper in contact with acidic wood.
  • Frents, Stephanie; Hennum-Simmonds, Karoline Sofie; Aubert, Luisa Figueira; Caruso, Francesco & Kutzke, Hartmut (2018). Detectives of the Past - A Pilot Project on Chemistry Teaching in the context of Cultural Heritage.
  • Stoveland, Lena Porsmo; Ormsby, Bronwyn; Stols-Witlox, Maartje & Caruso, Francesco (2018). Novel approaches for cleaning unvarnished oil paintings by Edvard Munch.
  • Stoveland, Lena Porsmo; Ormsby, Bronwyn; Stols-Witlox, Maartje; Caruso, Francesco & Frøysaker, Tine (2018). Addressing issues related to the cleaning of water-sensitive oil paintings by Edvard Munch.
  • Stoveland, Lena Porsmo; Ormsby, Bronwyn; Stols-Witlox, Maartje; Grøntoft, Terje & Caruso, Francesco (2018). Make it dirty: Simulating physical and chemical changes in mock-ups for the cleaning of unvarnished oil paintings by E. Munch.
  • Caruso, Francesco (2016). Recensione: Statistics and Chemometrics for Analytical Chemistry, 6th edition. CnS. La Chimica nella Scuola.  ISSN 0392-8942.  4, s 67- 69

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