The group is involved in different PhD courses. Nowadays, Prof. Alessandro Lo Giudice and Prof. Alessandro Re have an active role in the following PhD:

   -  Technology Driven Sciences: Technologies for Cultural Heritage (T4C)
   -  Physics
   -  Chemical and Materials Sciences

In particular they are part of the scientific board of the T4C PhD, a new doctoral programme in "Heritage Sciences" specifically focused on technologies applied to Cultural Heritage. Tech4Culture is funded under the H2020-MSCA-COFUND scheme. Moreover they partecipate to the PhD in Metrology at the Politecnico di Torino.

PhD in Technology Driven Sciences: Technologies for Cultural Heritage (T4C), XXXV Cycle
Final discussion: 2023 October 31th

Title: Retrieve a novel: new multi-scale surface texture analysys of Ground Stone Tools

Academic supervisor: A. Lo Giudice, L. Longo
Commitee: R. Damiano, A. Pawlik, C. Putignano

Abstract: Stone implements have been used since the early stages of humankind as tools for processing different resources, one of the most direct actions being pounding and grinding. Identifying the function(s) of this kind of tools, namely ground stone tools and distinguishing them from manuports is not a simple task when analysed with conventional approach. Therefore, they are underrepresented in the archaeological record and poorly studied also due to methodological constraints, e.g. heuristic requirements, equipment availability, and time restraints. This project aims to set up an investigative approach for the comprehension of ground stone tools' function and the processes in which they were involved, in order to REVEAL the artefacts complex biography..

PhD in Technology Driven Sciences: Technologies for Cultural Heritage (T4C), XXXV Cycle
Final discussion: 2023 July 12th

Title: Design and development of a benchtop X-Ray based instrument and its heritage science applications

Academic supervisor: A. Re
Commitee: R. Giustetto, A. Galli, L. Ramello

Abstract: The aim of the project is to develop a multiple techniques apparatus for Cultural Heritage studies, such as archaeological finds and paintings, in Turin. The instrument will be an upgrade of the X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) scanner developed by the INFN-CHNet collaboration the network of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) devoted to Cultural Heritage.

PhD in Metrology (Politecnico of Torino), XXXV Cycle
Final discussion: 2023 July 12th

Title: Dimensional measurements with X-ray Computed Tomography and application to Cultural Heritage

Academic supervisor: A. Re, S. Grassini
Commitee: G. Perrone, D. Di Martino, R. Sacchi, C. Trigona, J.M. Tulliani

Abstract: The aim of this research project is the characterization from a metrological point of view of innovative instruments for imaging based on X-rays. The characteristics evaluation of measuring instruments is of fundamental importance in the field of scientific research: in order to define their performance, it is necessary to analyze the limits and inaccuracies of instruments, obtaining all the information for the correct use and allowing the user to obtain the best results in all the possible conditions.

PhD in Technology Driven Sciences: Technologies for Cultural Heritage (T4C)
Final discussion: 2022 April 22th

Title: Comprehensive Archaeometric Study of Ayla-Aksum Amphorae from Adulis, Red Sea Coast of Eritrea

Academic supervisors: A. Lo Giudice
Commitee: M. Gulmini, A. Manzo, A. Mangone

Abstract: This research centres on a comprehensive archaeometric study of amphorae assemblages recovered from excavations in the archaeological site of Adulis in the Red Sea Coast of Eritrea. The study of the so called Ayla-Aksum amphorae, which are among the most widespread vessels for trading products in the Red Sea region between the 4th and 7th century CE, is tackled for provenance attribution. These amphorae assemblages are presumed to have been produced in the kilns of present day Aqaba in Jordan and yet due to their wider circulation in the Red Sea ports in antiquity compelled archaeologists to hypothesize other production centers might have existed elsewhere.

PhD in Metrology (Politecnico of Torino)
Final discussion: 2022 March 25th

Title: Metrology for Cultural Heritage: multispectral 3D models by photogrammetry

Academic supervisors: S. Grassini, A. Re
Commitee: F. Di Franco, F. Lamonaca, L. Ciani, A. Gueli, G. Perrone

Abstract: This dissertation deals with the metrological validation of a digitalization approach that combines the use of photogrammetry and multispectral imaging (MSI) techniques in the field of Cultural Heritage. Photogrammetry is a technique that is becoming more and more diffused for the creation of 3D realistic virtual replicas of historical artefacts since it allows the extraction of three-dimensional information about the geometry and overall appearance of an item from 2D digital images. On the other hand, MSI techniques are widely diffused, since they allow the detection and identification of the materials used by the artists based on their response to different wavelengths.

Laura Guidorzi
PhD in Chemical and Materials Sciences
2021 March

Title: Physico-chemical characterization of diopside in lapis lazuli: a study from luminescence activators and quenchers to material provenance investigations

Academic supervisors: A. Lo Giudice, A. Re
Commitee: L. Giuntini, L. Maritan, E. Vittone

Abstract: The main aim of this PhD work was to focus on the diopside mineral phase inside lapis lazuli to better understand the synchronous mechanisms that link luminescence emission and trace element composition, looking for correlations among them and studying the activation and quenching phenomena. Alongside this fil rouge, it was possible to deepen the knowledge on the characterization of both raw and carved lapis lazuli, analysing samples from Myanmar quarries and from several archaeological sites of South and Southwest Asia.

PhD in Earth Science
2015 February

Title: Petrographic and minero-chemical characterisation of lapis lazuli: a provenance study of rocks and artefacts from Cultural Heritage

Academic supervisors: A. Borghi, A. Lo Giudice, G. Vaggelli
Commitee: G. Artioli, M. Benvenuti, R. Giustetto

Abstract: the work firstly aimed at performing a systematic characterisation of rock samples of known provenance, in order to create a database with the identified minero-chemical markers useful to discriminate different quarry districts. The second aim was the application of the protocol tested with the rock samples, analysing precious artefacts in non-invasive way to obtain information about the provenance of the raw material used for their realisation.

Jacopo CORSI
PhD in Chemical and Materials Sciences
2015 January

Title: Multi-technique study of coins circulating in northern Italy between 4th and 1st century BC

Academic supervisors: A. Lo Giudice, F. Barello
Commitee: I. Degano, M. Gulmini, P. Piccardo

Abstract: this research project aims to bring new light on two different silver coinages circulating between 4th and 1st century B.C. in the Cisalpine Gaul, ancient name of northern Italy: the drachma, minted by Celtics and native populations, and the Roman victoriatus.

Alessandro RE
PhD in Physics
2011 March

Title: Optical, electron and ion microscopy in the field of Cultural Heritage: a provenance study of lapis lazuli.

Academic supervisor: A. Lo Giudice
Examiner: T. Calligaro, CNRS - France

Abstract: ion beam analysis are widely used to characterize materials of archaeological, historical and artistic interest because they do not require any sample preparation, they can be performed in air and they do not damage the sample at low ion fluences. An interesting material to be analyzed by means of Ion Beam Analysis is lapis lazuli.

PhD in Materials and Nanosystems Science and Technology
2010 January

Title: Set up and applications of microanalysis techniques on innovative materials of technological and cultural heritage interest by using external beams and microbeams of low energy ions.

Academic supervisor: C. Manfredotti
Examiner: P. Sellin, University of Surrey - UK