Eleonora Del Federico

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Professor Math and Science edelfede@pratt.edu (718) 687-5839 p (718) 399-4482 f Brooklyn Campus, Activities Resource Center LL

Current Course Listing (4)

18/SP-MSCI-232C-01 Chemistry of Arist's Materials

18/SP-MSCI-330-01 Chemistry for Art History

18/SP-MSCI-490-02 Special Topics

18/SP-MSCI-590-02 Special Studies in Science

Personal URL

http://pratt.edu/~edelfede

Education

Licenciada (equivalent to M.S. degree), University of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Biography

Eleonora Del Federico is a Professor of Chemistry at Pratt Institute. She received a Ph.D. in Biophysical Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In her PhD work she studied how cell receptors change their 3D structure to transmit signals which are essential to for the survival of the cell. As a chemist at Pratt Institute, she studies changes of the molecular structure of art and archaeological materials as they age and respond to their environment. A second area of study is the analysis of works of art in situ, in order to shed light into the materials and techniques used in their preparation as well as the artists' intent. Eleonora came to Pratt in 1999 to develop a program of Chemistry at the interface of Art. Since then she developed several courses that involve the Chemistry of artists materials and techniques, focusing mostly in historical and archaeological materials. During her first sabbatical year she was an Andrew W. Fellow in Conservation Science in the Department of Scientific Research of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Between 2006-2012 she received grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, The Bristol Myers Squib Foundation, the Stockman Family Foundation and the Kress foundation to develop and equip Pratts Mobile Laboratory for the Scientific Study of Art. This portable instrumentation can be taken to archaeological sites and museums to analyze artworks non-invasibly and in situ. She presently directs Pratts research program at Herculaneum, for the study of materials and techniques of ancient Roman wall paintings at the City of Herculaneum in the context of the Herculaneum Conservation Project.