Prof. Dr. Ester Simoes B Ferreira

Dr. phil.
Prof. Dr. Ester Simoes B Ferreira

Campus Südstadt
Ubierring 40
50678 Köln

  • Telefon+49 221-8275-3134


  • Laborleiterin


  • MA Anwendungsorientierte naturwissenschaftlische Forschung II Archäometrie für Restauratoren
  • MA Werkstoffkunde und Werkstoffprüfung
  • MA Erweiterte Werkstoffkunde
  • BA Reinigungsmittel und methoden
  • BA Synthetische Bindemittel in Konservierung und Restaurierung
  • BA Klima, Licht Umwelt



2009 IJMS Special Issue on Art and Cultural Heritage

  • Special Issue on Art and Cultural Heritage
    Ester S.B. Ferreira and Ron M.A. Heeren (Guest Editors), International Journal of Mass Spectrometry Volume 284, Issues 1–3, Pages 1-170 (1 July 2009)
    Link to online publication

Book Chapter 2016-

  • «Sogar mit Goldbronze!» Beobachtungen zu einer speziellen Maltechnik.
    Danièle Gros, Ester S. B. Ferreira, Nadim C. Scherrer, Karin Wyss und Stefan Zumbühl, KUNSTmaterial, Bd 5 "Hodler malt. Neue kunsttechnologische Forschungen zu Ferdinand Hodler" (2019), Hg.: SIK-ISEA
    Link to publisher
  • The role of reconstructions in the identification of wax/resin/gum tempera binder developed by Hermann Urban in 1901 and used by Cuno Amiet in 1902.
    Ester S.B Ferreira, Karin Wyss, Violaine de Vllemereuil, Karoline Beltinger, Frederica Marone, Nadim C Scherrer and Stefan Zumbühl, KUNSTMaterial Bd4 "Painting in Tempera c. 1900" (2016), Hg.: SIK-ISEA / Archetype
    Link to publisher

Conference Postprint 2016-

  • "Le noir ne sèche jamais sans addition" Methods to ensure the drying of black paints in the seventeenth century Oranjezaal ensemble.
    Ester S.B. Ferreira, Lidwien Speleers, Jaap J. Boon, Painting Techniques, History, Materials and Studio Practice.
    Postprints of the 5th International Symposium on Painting Techniques held at the Rijksmuseum, 18 th -20th September 2013, edited by A. Wallert et al. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum, 2016

Peer reviewed article 2016-

  • "Uncovering modern paint forgeries by radiocarbon dating"
    Laura Hendriks, Irka Hajdas, Ester S. B. Ferreira, Nadim C. Scherrer, Stefan Zumbühl, Gregory D. Smith, Caroline Welte, Lukas Wacker, Hans-Arno Synal, and Detlef Günther, 116 (27) 13210-13214, PNAS (2019)
    Link to online publication
  • "Selective dating of paint components: Radiocarbon dating of lead white pigment"
    Laura Hendriks, Irka Hajdas, Ester S B Ferreira, Nadim C Scherrer, Stefan Zumbühl, Markus Küffner, Leslie Carlyle, Hans-Arno Synal, Detlef Günther, Radiocarbon, Vol 61, Nr 2, p 473–493 (2019)
    Link to online publication
  • "Combined 14C Analysis of Canvas and Organic Binder for Dating a Painting."
    Hendriks, L., Hajdas, I., Ferreira, E., Scherrer, N., Zumbühl, S., Küffner, M.,Waker, L., Synal, H., Günther, D., (2017), Hg.: Radiocarbon
    link to online publication
  • "An XPS study into sulphur speciation in blue and green ultramarine"
    Eleanor Cato, Antonella Rossi, Nadim C. Scherrer, Ester S.B. Ferreira, Journal of Cultural Heritage (2017)
    link to online publication
  • "Raman mapping of the S3− chromophore in degraded ultramarine blue paints"
    Eleanor Cato, Nadim C. Scherrer, Ester S.B. Ferreira, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy (2017)
    link to online publication
  • "Moisture uptake and permeability of canvas paintings and their components"
    Hendrickx R, Desmarais G, Weder M, Ferreira E.S.B., Derome D., Journal of Cultural Heritage (2016)
    Link to online publication
  • "Microscale radiocarbon dating of paintings"
    Hendriks L., Hajdas I. , McIntyre C, Küffner M., Scherrer N.C., Ferreira E.S.B., Applied Physics A (2016), 122:167
    Link to online publication
  • "Distribution of moisture in reconstructed oil paintings on canvas during absorption and drying: A neutron radiography and NMR study"
    Hendrickx R., Ferreira E.S.B., Boon J.J., Desmerais G., Derome D., Angelova L., Huinink H., Kuijpers K., Voogt B. and Richardson E.., Studies in Conservation (2016)
    Link to online publication


  • 8th MaSC Workshop and Meeting
    A two-day workshop held at the HERCULES Lab on the practical applications of gas chromatographic analysis using solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and pyrolysis for samples from cultural heritage objects, consisting of lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions. A third workshop day describes the use of AMDIS and ESCAPE for interpreting GCMS data. ESCAPE (Expert System for Characterization using AMDIS Plus Excel) was developed in the Getty Conservation Institute’s lacquer research project to systematize identification of compounds and relate them to specific artists’ materials present, and to standardize the presentation of py-GC-MS results. The meeting will be held at the University of Évora and will comprise discussions and presentations on novel applications of chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques to the study of art and cultural artefacts.
    26-30 September 2017 Évora, Portugal
    8th MaSC Workshop and Meeting
  • 9th MaSC Workshop and Meeting, Ottawa Canada
    The 9th Workshop and Meeting of the Users’ Group for Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography (MaSC) took place in Ottawa, Canada, from Monday 3rd – Friday 7th June 2019. The workshop, hosted jointly by the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and Parks Canada, will take place on 3-5 June. The meeting will be held at the National Gallery of Canada on 6-7 June. The two-and-a-half-day workshopprovided a unique opportunity for participants to experience several novel sample preparation and derivatization methods for diverse GCMS applications: pyrolysis of natural resins, dye analysis, and evolved gas analysis for the evaluation of museum exhibition and storage materials. The use of the Thermal Separation Probe (TSP) for thermal desorption and “slow pyrolysis”, performed directly in the GC inlet, will be introduced. Workshops will be conducted by Jennifer Poulin (CCI) and Greg Smith (Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields). The workshop sessions included lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training on the instrumentation using samples prepared by the instructors. The meetingheld at the National Gallery of Canada (6th-7th June, 2019) and comprised discussions and presentations on novel applications of chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques to the study of art and cultural artefacts.
    3rd – 7th June 2019
    9th MaSC Workshop and Meeting


  • MaSC Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography Users´ Group in the field of Conservation Science
    Founding committee member
  • "Conservar Património" Editoral Board
    Journal of ARP Professional Association of Conservators-Restorers of Portugal
    Conservar Património
  • Sociedade Portuguesa de Química
    Portuguese Chemical Society
    International Council of Museums - Conservation Committee
  • Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker GDCh
    German Chemical Society


  • AiA Authentication in Art 2016 Award
    Authentication in Art award was presented to Laura Hendriks and her PhD project Microscale radiocarbon dating based at the Ion Beam Physics Group of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) under supervision of Dr Irka Hajdas and in collaboration with Prof. Ester Ferreira at TH Köln and Markus Küffner at SIK-ISEA, Zürich. This project aims to; on the one hand, minimize the sample size and therefore the invasiveness of radiocarbon dating analysis and on the other hand to expand the application of the method to pigments and organic binders.


2017 Microbial Infestation of Objects of Art and Cultural Heritage
Online Course HAWK Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen Link to website
2016 Velson Horie - Adhesive, Coating and Consolidants
Masterclass Link to website
2006 - 2016 Swiss Institute for Art Reseach
Head of Analytical Laboratory SIK-ISEA
2003 - 2006 FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF), Amsterdam
Postdoctoral Researcher FOM-AMOLF
1998 - 2002 University of Edinburgh and National Museums of Scotland, Scotland, UK
PhD student University of Edinburgh
1996 - 1997 DeMontfort University Lincon/Leicester
MSc Research in conservation science
1988-1995 Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL)
MSc Applied Chemistry/Organic chemistry FCT-UNL Applied Chemistry