ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johannes Weber
As an interdisciplinary competence centre at the
interface of cultural heritage and archaeology with material sciences, we examine the corrosion and conservation of artefacts
in connection with their composition, age, authenticity, and provenance. The main focuses are mineral, textile, and metallic
materials, which are the subject of conservation and archaeometric research that subsequently flows into the teaching for
students of Conservation and Restoration.
In the field of mineral-based materials our modern equipment is predominantly
used to conduct building material microscopy on antique and historical objects made out of stone, mortar, plaster,
ceramics. We have longstanding cooperations in the framework of EU research projects and have established ourselves as a topranking
European competence centre in our field. At the moment one of our main focuses is nanomaterials for stone reinforcement. Currently
we are supervising six dissertations. Furthermore, our thermoluminescence equipment for ceramic dating and authenticity checks
is intensively used. In the realm of textiles our research is concentrated on dyed archaeological and historical textiles.
Recent FWF and EU-funded research was made on Hallstatt and non-European textiles; a current FWF project is dedicated to late
antique textiles from Egypt. Additionally, pigment analyses of objects from diverse collections are used, above all, for damage
diagnosis and dating in Conservation and Restoration thesis projects. Longstanding cooperations and partnerships in Austria
and abroad facilitate leading research and publishing activities and provide access to samples, analysis methods, and expertise,
in the event we are not able to cover this ourselves. In this way, we can make an important contribution to solving cultural
history questions and offer first-hand expertise to our students.