Heritage Science Laboratory Ljubljana

About Us

Welcome to the Heritage Science Laboratory at the University of Ljubljana. The lab is based at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology and consists of a diverse group of researchers addressing interdisciplinary heritage science research questions. These often require cutting edge scientific skills and facilities, but also a highly collaborative approach to research. To read more about what shapes our research philosophy, consider this editorial by the Lab Lead, professor Matija Strlič.

We have led EU collaborative projects focussed on the development of non-destructive characterisation of cultural heritage (SurveNIRPAPYLUM), and collaborated in projects on the development and evaluation of new conservation interventions (InkCorLaclepa) and preventive conservation strategies (APACHEPaperVOC). Recently, our work has focused on the development of heritage science infrastructure (E-RIHS PP, Iperion HS, E-RIHS.si) and new methods to be be offered to users in the future European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science, including its Slovenian node.  


Ancient Book Crafts

Metal salt-induced silk degradation in heritage collections

Preventive Conservation Strategies for Poly(vinyl chloride) Objects

Uncertainty of lifetime modelling based on quantitative IR spectroscopy

Undestanding the Material Culture of Islamic Paper and Inks 

Exploring and Archiving Heritage Smells

Effects of Lignin Degradation on Paper-based Materials in Extreme Conditions

Sustainable Management of Cultural Heritage in the Balkans

Integrating Platforms for the European Research Infrastructure ON Heritage Science

 Active & intelligent PAckaging materials and display cases as a tool for preventive conservation of Cultural Heritage

Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Professor of Heritage Science, and Lab Lead

Professor of Analytical Chemistry

Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow


Post-doctoral Researcher

Post-doctoral Researcher

Faculty Assistant


PhD student

PhD student



Laboratory Manager


Associated Members

Research Associate


Research Associate, Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology

Research Associate


Research Associate



Research Associate





The Lab has been actively supporting the development of E-RIHS, the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science. Its Slovenian node, E-RIHS.SIsupports the leading role of Slovenian heritage science and its international involvement, and enables access to unique research infrastructure and knowledge available in Slovenia.

Below is a list of the main laboratory facilities, organised under meaningful headings, available to our researchers and anyone wishing to collaborate with us. We specialise particularly in environmental monitoring and assessment, as well as characterisation of heritage materials, and have an extensive collection of reference material available for research.

  • Temperature/RH Monitoring
  • VOC Monitoring
  • Light Monitoring
  • Pollutant Monitoring

  • Climate Chambers (T, RH)
  • Pollution Ageing
  • Light Ageing
  • Degradation Modelling
  • Thermal Desorption (TDS)
  • Gas Chromatography (GC)
  • Mass Spectrometry (MS)
  • Size-Exclusion Chrom. (SEC)
  • Ion Chromatography (IC)
  • High-Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Colorimetry
  • Microfadometry
  • IR and NIR Spectrometry