School of Architecture - Technical University of Crete

Maravelaki Pagona - Noni


Decay and conservation of monuments

Short biographical note

Pagona Maravelaki, PhD, Full Professor, Director & Founder Lab of Materials for Cultural heritage and Modern Building (MaCHMoB), School of Architecture/Technical University of Crete/Chania, Crete, Greece. Scopus Author ID: 6603617131, ORCID: 0000-0002-8776-6695, Number of citations: 1915, h=22 (Scopus); 2912, h-index=25, i10-index=47 (Google Scholar). She iChemist (NKUA, 1983), PhD in Chemical Science for Conservation (Ca Foscari University of Venice, 1992). She has served as a member of the Greek Ministry of Culture (1993-2008) working in the Acropolis, Athens and in Chania, Crete. She was elected Assistant Professor at the TUC School of Architecture, Section of Materials Science and Technology in 2007, and Full Professor since 2019. She is a world class expert in building materials and the preservation of monuments that comprise World’s Cultural Heritage monuments (Venice, Monuments of the Sassanid Period in Fars, Iran, The Oslo Opera House, Cnossos, Venetian city of Chania, Crete, et als). She has been invited in Conferences and specific Workshops giving lectures on the innovative and compatible methods and materials for the conservation of the monumental cultural heritage (San Francisco, Cyprus, Iran, Italy, Spain, Germany, etc). She has published one book and more than 180 journal, chapters in books and conference articles and holds 1 patent. She has participated as project leader (25) in national and European research projects: currently one H2020 (InnovaConcrete) one Erasmus+ (Eureca-Pro); awarded one international competition on the cleaning and protection of Carrara marble in Opera House Oslo; as principal investigator (15) and as a member of the project team (9). She has been an invited specialist in the European Committee for Standardization CEN, in the COST G7 Artworks Conservation by Laser, in TD COST Action TD1406 MC Substitute Innovation in Intelligent Management of Heritage Buildings (i2MHB). She is member and WP coordinator of the RILEM Technical Committee “LHS-Specifications for testing and evaluation of lime-based repair materials for historic Structures”, and she is serving as Expert in the RILEM Technical Activities Committee, Cluster E: Masonry, Timber and Cultural Heritage. She is included in the list of the Top 2% Scientists Worldwide based on their total scientific work, according to the recent ranking of the bibliometric study by Baas, Boyak, and Ioannidis (2021) of Stanford University published on October 19, 2021 by Elsevier. 

Analytic biographical note


Research Interests

Her current R&D areas are in:

  • the decay mechanisms;
  • weathering products and conservation methods of exposed stones;
  • characterization of archaeological objects (mortars, pottery, pigments)
  • the study of the technology of historical mortars and the design of restoration compatible mortars with nano-additives;
  • laser assisted techniques applied for the diagnosis and conservation of artefacts;
  • development of: (a) new self-cleaning nano-materials for the structural and surface conservation of monuments and (b) eco-friendly and energy efficient plasters and coatings based on nanotechnology for building envelop
  • insulation panels with ecological materials


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