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Austin Nevin, chemist and conservator, is a Researcher at the CNR-IFN where he has worked since 2011. Nevin's research focuses on the analysis of paintings and painting materials, and the study of ancient and modern cultural heritage using optical and spectroscopic techniques. He is the co-author of over 50 publications, an Editor of Studies in Conservation, one of the editors of the Springer series Cultural Heritage Science and a member of the permanent scientific committee of the LACONA and of the TECHNART conferences. He was the coordinator of the CNR-IFN research group for the FUTURAHMA project (FIRB 2012), and the PI for the Bilateral Project between Italy and USA 2013-2015 funded by the Italian Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale which has involved joint research between the Metrpolitan Museum of Art (New York) and his research group. He is currently leading the CNR-IFN in a research project together with the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage (CACH) on the conservation of wall paintings.
He is a Council Member and Fellow of the International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (since 2013) and served as the coordinator of the Scientific Research Working Group of the International Council of Museums - Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC) (from 2011-2014). Following a degree in Chemistry (MChem) from the University of Oxford (2001) and a 3-year MA in the Consrvation of Paintings (Wall Paintings) from the Courtauld Institute of Art (2004), Nevin went on to obtain a PhD from the Courtauld entitled “Fluorescence and Raman Spectroscopy for the analysis of proteinb-based binding media" (2008). Between 2004-2007 he won a Marie Curie Early Stage Training Fellowship at IESL-FORTH (Greece) where his research focussed on the analysis of paintings using laser-based techniques.