Edward Vicenzi

Research Scientist


Phone: 301-238-1215
Fax: 301-238-3709
E-mail Address: VicenziE [at] si.edu
Twitter handle: @DrMicroanalysis
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Museum Conservation Institute
Smithsonian Institution
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746


B.Sc. McGill University
M.S. University of Oregon
Ph.D. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Specialties and Interests

Investigation of museum specimens using advanced microanalysis techniques to understand their history and origin.

Professional Activities

International Union of Microbeam Analysis Societies, President (2014-2017)

Abbreviated Biography

Ed Vicenzi is a research scientist at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI). He utilizes a variety of microbeam techniques to study of museum specimens and related materials to understand their history and origin.  Before taking-up his position at MCI he served as the Director of the Analytical Laboratories in the National Museum of Natural History’s (NMNH) Department of Mineral Sciences and the co-manager of the Imaging and Analysis Facility at Princeton University.  He has served as President and Director of the MicroAnalysis Society (MAS), principal and co-organizer of MAS topical conferences, chair of the NMNH Senate of Scientists, MAS co-chair for the M&M conference, MAS tour speaker, as well as an organizer for symposia at M&M, AGU, and Goldschmidt conferences. He is the current President for the International Union of Microbeam Analysis Societies (IUMAS), a panel member for science funding agencies, an editorial board member for Heritage Science, and served as Chair for the IUMAS-6 meeting in 2014.  Ed is the author or co-author of many peer reviewed publications and conference proceedings regarding topics in Earth, planetary, and cultural heritage science.  He obtained a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MS from the University of Oregon, and a BSc from McGill University, all in Earth Sciences.

Recent Publications

MC Sharps, CA Grissom, and EP Vicenzi. Nanoscale Structure and Compositional Analysis of Manganese Oxide Coatings on the Smithsonian Castle, Washington, DC. Chemical Geology (in press)

JL Weaver, CI Pearce, R Sjöblom, JS McCloy, M Miller, T Varga, BW Arey, MA. Conroy, DK. Peeler, R Koestler, P DePriest, EP Vicenzi, E Hjarthner-Holdar, E Ogenhall, and AA. Kruger. Pre-Viking Swedish Hillfort Glass: A Novel Long-Term Alteration Analogue for Vitrified Nuclear Waste, International Journal of Applied Glass Science (2018) International Journal of Applied Glass Science. 9 (4):540–554. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijag.12351

McCoy TJ, Marquardt AE, Wasson JT, Ash JD, and Vicenzi, EP. (2017) The Anoka, Minnesota Iron Meteorite As Parent To Hopewell Meteoritic Metal Beads From Havana, Illinois. Journal of Archaeological Science 81: 13-22.

Kaczkowski, Rebecca A., Dajnowski, B. A. and Vicenzi, Edward P. (2017). From Earth to Outer Space: Laser cleaning semiprecious quartz and a novel application for meteoritic metal. In: Targowski, P., Walczak, M. and Pouli, P. (eds.), Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks XI: Proceedings of the International Conference LACONA XI, Krakow, Poland, 20-23 September 2016. Torun, Poland: Nicolaus Copernicus Press pp. 47-62. doi:10.12775/3875-4.03

Charola AE, Vicenzi, EP, Grissom CA, Little N. (2017) Composition and Characteristics of Kasota Limestone on the Exterior of the National Museum of the American Indian Building in Conservation of the Exterior of the National Museum of the American Indian Building, 17-26.

Vicenzi, E.P., Grissom, C.A., Livingston, R.A. and Weldon-Yochim, Z. (2016) Rock Varnish on Architectural Sandstone: Microscopy and Analysis of Nanoscale Manganese Oxide Deposits on the Smithsonian Castle, Washington, DC. Heritage Science 2016 4:26.

Martin, A.A., Lin, T., Toth, M., Westphal, A.J., Vicenzi, E.P., Beeman, J. and Silver, E.H. (2016) Exposure and analysis of microparticles embedded in silica aerogel keystones using NF3-mediated electron beam induced etching and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 51: 1-10 doi: 10.1111/maps.12655.

Magee CW, Teles G, Vicenzi EP, Taylor W, and Heaney P (2016) Uranium irradiation history of carbonado diamond; implications for Paleoarchean oxidation in the São Francisco craton (South America), Geology 44:  doi:10.1130/G37749.1

Davis J and Vicenzi EP (2016) Optimizing Object-Scale Compositional Images of Daguerreotype Photographs. Heritage Science, 4:14 pgs, DOI: 10.1186/s40494-016-0080-7.

Schrader CS, Cohen BA, Donovan JJ, and Vicenzi EP (2016) Ni/S/Cl Systematics and the Origin of Impact-Melt Glasses in Martian Meteorite EET 79001. Meteoritics and Planetary Science 51: 663-680.

Corrigan, C., Velbel, M., and Vicenzi, E.P. (2015) Modal abundances of pyroxene, olivine, and mesostasis in nakhlites: Heterogeneity, variation, and implications for nakhlite emplacement. Meteoritics and Planetary Science50, 1-15.

Charola, A. Elena, Wachowiak, Melvin, Webb, E. Keats, Grissom, Carol A., Vicenzi, Edward P., Chong, Wang, Szczepanowska, Hanna, and DePriest, Paula. (2014) Developing a Methodology to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Biocide. In: 12th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone Columbia University, New York, 2012. http://iscs.icomos.org/stonecon.html
Moini M., O’Halloran, A.,  Peters, A., France, C., Vicenzi, E.P., DeWitt, T., Langan, E., Walsh, T., and Speakman, R. (2014) Understanding Irregular Shell Formation of Nautilus in Aquaria: Chemical Composition and Structural Analysis. Zoo Biology, 33:285-294.

Vicenzi, Edward P. (2013) Microanalysis of Cosmic Dust: Nanometre-Scale Imaging and Analysis in the SEM. In:Book of Tutorials and Abstracts: EMAS 2013, 13th European Workshop on Modern Developments and Applications in Microbeam Analysis, 12 to 16 May 2013 at the Centro de Congressos do Alfandega, Porto, Portugal. Porto, Portugal: European Microbeam Analysis Society, pp.237-250.

Gervais, Claire, Marie-Angelique Languille, Solenn Reguer, Martine Gillet, Sebastien Pelletier, Chantal Garnier,Edward P. Vicenzi, and Loic Bertrand (2013) Why Does Prussian Blue Fade? Understanding the Role(s) of the Substrate, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 28: 1600-1609, DOI: 10.1039/C3JA50025J.

Stopar, Julie D., Taylor, G. Jeffrey, Velbel, Michael A., Norman, Marc D., Vicenzi, Edward P., Halls, Lydia J. (2013) Element abundances, patterns, and mobility in Nakhlite Miller Range 03346 and implications for aqueous alteration, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 112: 208–225 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2013.02.024).

Gervais, C., Languille, M.-A., Reguer, S., Gillet, M., Vicenzi, E.P., Chagnot, S., Baudelet, F., Bertrand, L. (2013) “Live” Prussian blue fading by time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Applied Physics A 110: DOI 10.1007/s00339-013-7581-y

Mecklenburg, M.F., Tumosa, C.S., and Vicenzi, E.P. (2013) The Influence of Pigments and Ion Migration on the Durability of Drying Oil and Alkyd Paints. pp. 59-67.   In   New Insights into the Cleaning of Paintings. Proceedings from the Cleaning 2010 International Conference, Universidad de Valencia and Musuem Conservation Institute. Eds. Marion Mecklenburg, A.Elena Charola and Robert J. Koestler.  Smithsonian Contributions to Museum Conservation No. 3. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, Washington, DC. 2013

Leeman, W. P., MacRae, C. M., Wilson, N. C., Torpy, A., Lee, C. T. A., Student, J. J., Thomas, J.B., Vicenzi, E. P.(2012) A Study of Cathodoluminescence and Trace Element Compositional Zoning in Natural Quartz from Volcanic Rocks: Mapping Titanium Content in Quartz. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 18(6), 1322-1341. doi: 10.1017/s1431927612013426

Wilson, N. C., MacRae, C. M., Torpy, A., Davidson, C. J., & Vicenzi, E. P. (2012) Hyperspectral Cathodoluminescence Examination of Defects in a Carbonado Diamond. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 18(6), 1303-1312. doi: 10.1017/s1431927612013578

Steele, A., McCubbin, F.M., Fries, M., Kater, L., Boctor, N.Z., Fogel, M.L., Conrad, P.G., Glamoclija, M., Spencer, M., Morrow, A.L., Hammond, M.R., Zare, R.N., Vicenzi, E., Siljeström, S.S., Bowden, R., Herd, C.D.K., Mysen, B.O., Shirey, S.B., Amundsen, H.E.F., Treiman, A.H., Bullock, E.S., Jull, A.J.T. (2012) A Reduced Organic Carbon Component in Martian Basalts. Science 337, 212-215.

Pabst, S., Zack, T., Savov, I.P., Ludwig, T., Rost, D., Tonarini, S., Vicenzi, E.P. (2012) The fate of subducted oceanic slabs in the shallow mantle: insights from boron isotopes and light element composition of metasomatized blueschists from the Mariana forearc. Lithos 132-133, 162-179.

Davis, J.M., Newbury, D.E., Fahey, A., Ritchie, N.W.M., Vicenzi, E.P., Bentz, D. (2011) Bridging the Micro to Macro Gap:  A New Application for Micro X-Ray Fluorescence. Microscopy and Microanalysis 17, 410-417.

Meier, D., Davis, J.M., Vicenzi, E.P. (2011) An Examination of Kernite (Na2B4O6(OH)2 • 3 H2O) Using X-ray and Electron Spectroscopies: Quantitative Microanalysis of a Hydrated Low-Z Mineral. Microscopy and Microanalysis 17, 718–727.

Pabst, S., Zack, T., Savov, I.P., Ludwig, T., Rost, D., Vicenzi, E.P. (2011) Evidence for boron incorporation into the serpentine crystal structure. American Mineralogist 96, 1112-1119.


Ed Vicenzi & Allison Rabent at SEM

Ed Vicenzi and REU intern Allison Rabent (RIT) conducting analytical SEM studies.