Dr Lucia Burgio is Senior Scientist (Object Analysis) at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She graduated in Chemistry summa cum laude from the University of Palermo, Italy and completed a PhD degree in Chemistry at University College London. After a few months working in Italy, she joined the Science Section, Conservation Department, at the V&A in 2000. Her main duties involve the analysis and technical examination of museum objects, usually with Raman microscopy, X-ray fluorescence and optical microscopy. She assists the Museum’s curators and conservators in the examination and understanding of the objects, and also in their dating and authentication. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, has been an Honorary Research Fellow at UCL since 2001 and has been chairing the AMC Heritage Science sub-committee, Royal Society of Chemistry, since 2014. Her main interests include pigments and other artists’ materials as well as oriental lacquer.