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Michel Menu

Michel Menu

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Professor; Director of STARC +357 22 208 753

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Michel Menu got his PhD in physics/optics in 1978 from The University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6 and a habilitation in Physics in 1992 from the University Paris-Sud-Saclay, Paris 11.

He was the Head of the Research Department (Laboratory) of the C2RMF with 45 permanent researchers and technicians, including art historians, physicists, chemists, radiologist, image specialists, with the addition of 15 non permanents (post-docs and PhD students). He was co-leader (with Didier Gourier, Professeur École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie Paris) of the team Physico-Chimie des Matériaux Témoins de l’Histoire (PCMTH) inside the CNRS unit (UMR 8247: Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris, IRCP).

His research activities concern the study of the colour of art works and develops new methodologies in order to analyze colour and appearance attributes on paintings in a non-invasive way in collaboration with Rijks Conservatie Erfolg, Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery London, Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence and Metropolitan Museum, NY…

  • Until 30 April 2021: C2RMF, Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France, 14 quai François Mitterrand, Palais du Louvre 75001 Paris
    PSL Research University,Chimie ParisTech-CNRS, UMR 8247, 75005 Paris
  • PI of Megagrant (2020-220-08-5053) Russian Mobile Laboratory for Heritage science based on Advanced Optics (HS-MOLAB RU) with ITMO University, Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation.
  • Chair of the Strategic Operational Committee of the ESPADON project, French "ESR-EquipEx+" project involving all the main actors of Heritage Science in France under the coordination of the Heritage Science Foundation (FSP,

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