Lisa Maria Kasprzok

Conservation Scientist


M.Sc. in Science for Conservation-Restoration of Cultural Heritage, University of Bologna, Ravenna, Italy, 2018

B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Art History, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, 2015


Lisa was previously employed at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center as a Chemist from 2015-2016. Her responsibilities included performing analytical testing (XRF, GC-MS, µ-Raman, FTIR) for the WLCC and external projects and assisting in the expansion of the subcritical fluid technology technique for the stabilization of artifacts of cultural significance to non-ferrous materials such as copper alloys. As Conservation Scientist her roles and responsibilities at the WLCC are similar, but with the increased responsibility of management of the analytical equipment at the laboratory. Lisa works closely in collaboration with conservators and archaeologists at the WLCC and is involved in external projects.

Research interest:
Lisa’s research interests lie in the application of various analytical techniques to the scientific investigation of cultural heritage materials. Specific research interests include characterization of organic materials of historical significance by GC-MS and FT-IR.


Näsänen, L.; Kasprzok, L.; González-Pereyra, N.; Cretté, S.; Watkinson, D. Feasibility of subcritical fluid technology to stabilize archaeological copper alloy artifacts. In Metal 2016 Proceedings of the Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Metals Working Group September 26-30, 2016 New Delhi, India. Menon, R.; Chemello, C.; Pandya, A. Eds.; International Council of Museums, Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC), 2017; pp 117-125. 

Rivera, J.; Kasprzok, L. M.; Boussert, S.; Cretté, S. Restoring the Light to a 19th Century Candle Lost at Sea: Conservation and Chemical Analysis of a Candle recovered from the H.L. Hunley Submarine. In Proceedings of the 13th ICOM-CC Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference, Florence 2016. Williams, E.; Hocker, E. Eds.; International Council of Museums, Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC), 2018; pp 84-91.

Conference Presentations

Oral Presentation:
Kasprzok, L.; Boussert, S.; Rivera-Diaz, J.; Ternisien, V.; Cretté, S. Instrumental Analysis and Characterization of Candle Wax and Pump Grease Recovered from the H.L. Hunley Submarine. 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, San Diego, CA. 14-15 March 2016.

Kasprzok, L.; Fabbri, D.; Rombolà, A. G.; Malagodi, M.; Rovetta, T. Characterization of Materials in Historic Stringed Musical Instruments by Analytical Pyrolysis GC-MS with On-Fiber Silylation. XXVII National Congress of the Analytical Chemistry Division, Italian Chemical Society, Bologna, Italy, 17 September 2018. 

Rivera, J.; Kasprzok, L. Mass treatment of waterlogged rubber gaskets and seals from the American submarine H.L. Hunley (1864). 18th ICOM-CC Triennial Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. 4-8 September 2017.

Domenick, T.; Kasprzok, L.; Purvis, C. Solar Photodegradation of Antidepressants in the Aquatic Environment. Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, New Orleans, LA. March 2015.