Jorge Otero

Investigator Postdoctoral Ramón y Cajal

ORCID: 0000-0003-2442-8645
Researcher ID: AAH-2383-2019
Scopus Author ID: 57194772129

Short Biography

Jorge Otero is a Ramon y Cajal research fellow at the Department of Arts and Conservation-Restoration of the University of Barcelona (UB, ESP). He holds a BA in Archaeological Conservation (The School of Cultural Heritage Conservation of Galicia, ESP), an MSc in Environmental Technology (University of Vigo, ESP), and a Ph.D. in Material Science from Sheffield Hallam University (UK). He specializes in the characterization of architectural and archaeological materials, their degradation phenomena, and the development of technologies for their conservation. Before joining the UB, he was the PI of the Horizon2020-funded NANOMORT project (893762) at the University of Granada (ESP), a visiting researcher at the Getty Conservation Institute (USA), the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (USA), and the National Trust for Scotland (UK). He is an active member of ICOMOS and coauthor of the open-access “Built Heritage Evaluation Manual” published by the Smithsonian Scholarly Press.

Selected Publications

Otero J., (2022), Heritage Conservation Future: Where We Stand, Challenges Ahead, and a Paradigm Shift, Wiley’s Global Challenges Journal, 2100084. DOI: 10.1002/gch2.202100084.

Charola A. E., Otero J., DePriest P., Koestler R.J., (2021), “Built Heritage Evaluation Manual using Simple Test Methods”, Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. ISBN: 978-1-944466-47-3 (online); 978-1-944466-48-0 (print). Available at:

Otero J., Monasterio-Guillot L., Borsoi G., (2023), The boom of nanomaterials for Built Heritage Conservation: Why size matters? Journal of Materials, 16(8), 3277;

Otero J., J.S. Pozo-Antonio, Montojo C., (2021), Influence of application method and number of applications of nanolime on the effectiveness of the Doulting limestone treatments, Materials and Structures (2021) 54:41.

Otero J., Starinieri V., Charola A. E., (2018), “Nanolime for the consolidation of lime mortars: a comparison of three available products”, Construction and Building Materials Vol. 181, pp.394-407.

Selected Projects 

Heritage Science: Advanced green technologies and materials for conserving heritage monuments and museum cultural artifacts. Financed by Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades & Agencia Estatal de Investigación, CIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033 from 01/01/2024 to 31/12/2029 as part of the Contrato Investigador Ramón y Cajal RYC2022-035803-I. PI – Principal Investigator: Jorge Otero.

Development of a novel and ecologic mortar based on nanoparticles of lime and organic additives for the repair of Built Heritage and new construction NANOMORT (893762). financed by the European Commission as part of the European program Horizon 2020. From 01/09/2020 to 31/12/2023. PI – Principal Investigator: Jorge Otero.

Sandstone Conservation: Methodology for Evaluating Conservation Treatments. Financed by The Getty Conservation Institute, The J. Paul Getty Trust (USA) From 01/09/2018 to 01/09/2019. Principal Investigator (PI): Dr. Alick Leslie (Getty Conservation Institute, USA) and Prof. Heather A. Viles (Uni. of Oxford, UK).

Research Interests

Wall painting conservation

Stone Conservation

Mortar and Renders Conservation

Fire damage mechanism in stone