Dr. Diego A. Badillo-Sanchez

Research Associate in Analytical Chemistry

I am a Colombian researcher specialized in the archaeometry field. I hold a BSc in Chemistry from the National University of Colombia, and completed an MSc in Chemistry at the University of Los Andes (Colombia); I completed an Erasmus Mundus+ Masters in Archaeological Material Science at the University of Evora/University of Thessaloniki/University of La Sapienza (Portugal-Greece-Italy). My doctoral research was in Chemistry with a curriculum on science for the conservation of the cultural heritage at the University of Florence (Italy). 

I have significant experience in interdisciplinary working at an international level through my collaborations with archaeologists, curators, conservators, restorers, and other scientists in laboratory and museum environments. I am an expert archaeometrist, and am able to address different historical, artistic, archaeological questions through the use of the science to achieve a better comprehension of the past societies and cultures.

My research interests have been focused on the study of the cultural heritage objects using modern analytical instrumentation, both organic and inorganic, by micro or in-situ measurements. Through the application of rigorous scientific strategies to processes for extracting analytical and physical-chemical data from micro or macro samples, I increase the possibilities to gain new information and produce precise and relevant data to answer the questions related to the material in a broad and complete context.

My role in the “Tobacco, Health and History” project is to develop and implement the analytic metabolomic strategies, protocols, and experimentation, which will lead the group to gain the chemical molecular information related to the consumption of the tobacco plant by the previous societies under study.


  • B.Sc. Chemistry 2010 (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia)  
  • M.Sc. in Chemical Science 2014 (Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia)  
  • Erasmus Mundus+ Master in Archaeological Material Science (ARCHMAT)
    • Master in Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage 2016 (Universita La Sapienza, Italy)
    • Master in Archaeology and Environment 2016 (Universidade de Evora, Portugal)
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Science – Science for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage 2020 (Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy)

Key research interests

  • Archaeometry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Physical-Chemical Methods
  • Material Science, Spectroscopy
  • New Materials
  • Separation Methods
  • Conservation Science
  • Archaeological Science
  • Metabolomics.

Total peer reviewed publications:

Main publications

  • Self-regenerated silk fibroin with controlled crystallinity for the reinforcement of silk. D Chelazzi, D Badillo-Sanchez, R Giorgi, A Cincinelli, P Baglioni. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 2020
  • The National Museum of Colombia’s “Francisco Pizarro’s Banner of Arms”: A multianalytical approach to help uncovering its history. DA Badillo-Sanchez, CB Dias, A Manhita, N Schiavon. The European Physical Journal Plus. 2019

  • Understanding the structural degradation of South American historical silk: A Focal Plane Array (FPA) FTIR and multivariate analysis. D Badillo-Sanchez, D Chelazzi, R Giorgi, A Cincinelli, P Baglioni. Scientific reports. 2019

  • Characterization of the secondary structure of degummed Bombyx mori silk in modern and historical samples. D Badillo-Sanchez, D Chelazzi, R Giorgi, A Cincinelli, P Baglioni. Polymer Degradation and Stability. 2018

  • Comparative palette characterization of oil‐on‐canvas paintings of two well‐known 19th‐century Colombian artists by confocal Raman spectroscopy. D Badillo‐Sanchez, W Baumann. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy. 2016

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