Archaeology and Ancient History

Dr Diego Armando Badillo Sanchez

Research Associate in Metabolomics and Archaeometry 

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

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Personal details 

Colombian scientist specialized in the study of the material cultural heritage for its understanding, safeguarding, and conservation. Main expertise in the use of analytical and physicochemical approaches for the study of complex organic and inorganic matrices. Expert in spectroscopic, chromatographic, and other modern techniques for the study of archaeological and artistic objects, as well as in the validation of analytical techniques, statistical analysis, documentary and bibliographical research, scientific communication, and association/interpretation of scientific data with archaeological, anthropological or artistic contexts. An enthusiast for the learning process with proper skills in teaching, coaching, and student guidance.

Teaching (past)

  • Biochemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Raman spectroscopy


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

Current and recent projects 

  • Tobacco Health and History
  • Characterization and Development of molecular methods for the conservation of silk textiles
  • Archaeometric studies for the understanding of Latin American material cultural heritage
  • Spectroscopic methods for the authentication and characterization of Colombian art


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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