Lisa Maria Arslaner

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’s responsibilities at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center include managing the analytical equipment at the facility as well as performing analytical testing (XRF, GC-MS, µ-Raman, FTIR, IC) for internal and external projects. Lisa also partakes in the expansion of sub- and supercritical fluid technologies to cultural heritage materials and objects. Lisa works closely in collaboration with conservators and archaeologists at the WLCC and is involved in many of its external projects. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the American College of the Building Arts where she teaches students about Building Materials and Scientific Methods.

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 FTIR.


Kasprzok, L.; Boussert, S.; Rivera, J.; Crette, S. 2021. Case study: Characterization of 19th century candles from maritime archaeological environments with FTIR, NMR, and GC-MS. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 

Kasprzok, L.; Fabbri, D.; Rombola, A. G.; Rovetta, T.; Malagodi, M. 2020. Identification of organic materials in historical stringed instruments by off-line analytical pyroliss solid-phase microextraction with on-fiber silylation and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis. 

Rivera, J.; Kasprzok, L. M.; Boussert, S.; Cretté, S. 2018. 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), pp 84-91.

Näsänen, L.; Kasprzok, L.; González-Pereyra, N.; Cretté, S.; Watkinson, D. 2017. 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), pp 117-125.

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.