Currently based between Sydney, Australia and Ravenna, Italy.


2022 - 2024 (expected)
Master of Science for the Conservation-Restoration of Cultural Heritage
University of Bologna, Italy

Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) with Distinction
University of New South Wales, Australia

Bachelor of Textiles (Design) with Distinction
RMIT University, Australia

Awards and Achievements

Textile Design Graduate of the Year (VIC/TAS) 
Design Institute of Australia
Women in Chemistry Poster Prize (Hon. Mention)
Royal Australian Chemical Institute

The RACI Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Group Prize
University of New South Wales

School of Chemistry Vacation Research Scholarship
The Faculty of Science Prize for 3rd Year Advanced Science
The Faculty of Science Dean’s List 
University of New South Wales

Academic Experience

09/2020 - 10/2022
Research Assistant
University of New South Wales, Australia

Using computational chemistry to study material/solution interfaces and improve marble conservation treatments. Collaboration with University of Bologna, Italy.

12/2021 - 08/2022
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia

An expansion of the current understanding of certain geochemical properties of deep-Earth fluids and metal-mobility through the use of computational chemistry methods.

Conservation Experience

11/2019 - 02/2020
Conservation Laboratory Assistant
State Library of Tasmania, Australia


  1. Papasergio, A.E., Ugolotti, G., Sassoni, E., Lessio, M. (2023). Adsorption of water and organic solvents on the calcite [101¯4] surface: implications for marble conservation treatments. Applied Surface Science, 156438. 
  2. Hallam, L., Papasergio, A. E., Lessio, M., & Veliscek-Carolan, J. (2021). Phosphate functionalised titania for heavy metal removal from acidic sulfate solutions. Journal of colloid and interface science, 600, 719–728.


  1. Goldschmidt, July 10-15, 2022, Honululu, Hawai’i, USA. Molecular dynamics insights of NaCl-bearing fluids at deep-Earth conditions. [Talk]
  2. Royal Australian Chemical Institute National Congress, July 3-8, 2022, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Quantum and classical mechanics insights for the improvement of marble conservation treatments. [Poster]
  3. Virtual Conference of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry, Royal Australian Chemical Institute, July 6-8, 2021, Canberra, ACT, Australia. Classical and quantum mechanics insights into marble conservation treatments: the role of surface interactions with small organic molecules. [Poster]


Raw to a T, RawAssembly Responsible and Sustainable Fashion + Textiles Showcase. Hanover House, Melbourne, Australia

Australian Eastern Daylight Time, RMIT Bachelor of Fashion and Textiles Design Graduate Exhibition