School of Architecture - Technical University of Crete

Maravelaki Pagona - Noni


Decay and conservation of monuments

Short biographical note

Pagona Maravelaki, PhD, is an expert in materials and techniques used for building and monument conservation. She is Associate Professor in the Architecture School at the Technical University of Crete. She holds a Degree in Chemistry from National Kapodestrian University of Athens/Greece (1983) and a PhD from the Department of Environmental Science, Ca' Foscari University of Venice/Italy (1992). She was employee of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture (1997-2008). She has 27 years of experience on issues regarding the deterioration and conservation of monumental cultural heritage. She has participated as Scientific Responsible in 13 research projects, as invited specialist in the European Committee for Standardization CEN, in the Cost action: Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks, in Conferences and specific Workshops. She is author of 35 publications in peer reviewed journals, 5 chapters in books, 64 publications in Proceedings of Conferences, 1 Greek Patent (ΟΒΙ). Number of citations 543, h=13, source Scopus. Number of citations: 877, h-index=16, i10-index=19, source Google Scholar. She is a Member of the Greek Chemistry Society and the Archaeometry Society. She currently coordinates two national projects on the use of nano-materials for the amelioration of properties of construction materials. She has participated in national and European research projects as project leader (13), principal investigator (8) and as a member of the project team (9). She is reviewer in 12 international journals. She has supervised three master's degree and supervises five PhD theses.

Analytic biographical note


Research Interests

  • Her current R&D areas are in the decay mechanisms; weathering products and conservation methods of exposed stones; 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


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