Ms Kristalia Melessanaki


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Ms. Kristalia Melessanaki is an art conservator, graduated from the School of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art in Athens (1999). Since 1998 she has been a staff member of IESL-FORTH, involved in several research projects and applications related to the use of laser techniques for cleaning and analysis of cultural heritage objects. Her research interests include laser spectroscopic techniques (LIF and LIBS) for the analysis and characterization of archaeological objects and works of art, laser cleaning applications on artworks (Byzantine icons, easel paintings, contemporary artworks, etc.) as well as evaluation and monitoring of the cleaning interventions using spectroscopic and imaging techniques.

He has been actively participated in several National and  EU projects, realted to Cultural Heritage namely “HERACLES”, “IPERION-CH”, “CHARISMA”, “ATHENA”,  “PROMET” , “LASTOR”, “MOBiLART”, “LATECA” etc.


  • 2001, Bachelor, Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art, Athens University Applied Sceince, Greece


  • 1999, Training Scholarship, Diagnostics of artworks and archaeological materials (LIBS analysis) & Laser cleaning of paintings, stones, ceramics, glass, ivory using several types of lasers, IESL – FORTH, Greece
  • 1998, Conservation training at Monastery of Saint Katherine in Mount Sinai, & in Ambetio Institute in Cairo, Egypt


  • Investigating laser techniques for the cleaning of cultural heritage objects
  • Evaluation and monitoring of the cleaning interventions using spectroscopic and imaging techniques
  • Lasers, the innovative approach to the analysis and conservation of monochromatic Reinhardt’s Black Painting
  • Non-linear imaging microscopy techniques as diagnostic tools for Cultural Heritage studies
  • Laser assisted removal of polymeric over-layers from paintings
  • Use of laser spectroscopic techniques (LIBS: Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) for analysis on Works of Art and Archaeological Obje



Restoration of vitreous surfaces using laser technology, application submitted to Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on 15 March 2016 and then to European Patent Office (EPO) on 15 October 2018