Applied Laser Spectroscopy Lab (ALS-Lab)

The Applied Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory has a pluri-decennal experience in optics and spectroscopy. The research activities of the Laboratory are oriented towards development of innovative laser-based spectroscopic method and instrumentation for material analysis, environment, bio-medicine, security and Cultural Heritage. The involved CNR team has a large experience in European projects. CNR participated to the LIBSGRAIN project (IV Framework) with the responsibility of developing a Laser-Induced Breakdown mobile instrument for in-situ analysis of industrial plants and to the ISYREADET project (V Framework) in which developed a mobile multispectral imaging system for digitalization of degraded manuscripts.

In year 2011, the Laboratory has established a collaboration with Art-Test s.a.s., a leading company in the field of scientific diagnostics of Cultural Heritage. In the framework of this collaboration, the laboratory organized arTeaperta: Porte aperte all'Arte, a free service for preliminary evaluation of objects of Art.



In collaboration with Art-Test and Menci Software, the Laboratory developed an innovative system for 3D multispectral reconstruction of surfaces, that has been successfully applied to the study of paintings and archaeological wall paintings.


The Laboratory has a long-lasting collaboration with Marwan Technology s.r.l., a technology enterprise operating in Pisa with which has been developed the Modi' (Mobile Dual-Pulse Instrument) for Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Chemical Analysis of Materials. Among the expertise of the Laboratory is the application of LIBS and LII methodologies for in situ analysis of materials and nano-particles; a proprietary method for LIBS spectra analysis allows for standard-less, stand-off measurements without need for reference materials which overcomes the matrix effect, one of the most important limiting factors on the feasibility and accuracy of LIBS quantitative measurements. The laboratory has already proposed efficient methods for LIBS and LII application in industrial environment.


- Prof. Vincenzo Palleschi (senior researcher). He is the Head of the Applied Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory at ICCOM-CNR and Professor of Archaeometry at University of Pisa, has a long standing experience in applications of spectroscopic techniques in industrial environment. He was the Chairman and Organizer of the first LIBS International Conference in Pisa, Italy (2000). He is the responsible of the Regional Project MONDI (Monitoring and Diagnostics) and of the Pisa operating unit of the National Project PRIN 2009 “Innovative diagnostic techniques and nano-structured materials for the conservation of Cultural Heritage”. He has more than 120 publications in peer-reviewed international journals that have received more than 2000 citations, with a h-index=27. - Dr. Stefano Legnaioli (researcher). Ph.D. in Chemistry, he is a researcher at ICCOM-CNR and an expert in LIBS applications in industrial environment. He got a II level Master in ‘Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (MIT)’ from Politecnico di Milano, has more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed international journals in the field of laser spectroscopy. - Dr.ssa Giulia Lorenzetti (Grant Recipient) - Dr.ssa Emanuela Grifoni (Grant Recipient) - Dr. Lorenzo Pardini (MONDI Grant Recipient) - Dr. Lorenzo Carletti (MONDI Grant Recipient) - Dr.ssa Silvia Ghimenti (MONDI Grant Recipient) - Dr. Gildo de Hollanda Cavalcanti (Guest)