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Chemistry and materials for cultural heritage

This thematic series on "Chemistry and Materials for Cultural Heritage" covers:

Development and application of analytical methods and equipment for non-invasive, non-destructive, portable analysis of artwork and objects of cultural significance to identify component materials, degradation products and deterioration markers.

Understanding and prediction of degradation of artwork and objects of cultural significance in order to stop or delay the effects, including development of theoretical prediction models.

Development of treatment materials for artwork and objects of cultural significance.

Editor: Richard Brereton


  1. Research article

    Second campaign of microclimate monitoring in the carcer tullianum: temporal and spatial correlation and gradients evidenced by multivariate analysis

    This paper discusses results obtained in the second monitoring campaign of the Carcer Tullianum, a particular hypogeum environment located in the historical centre of Rome (Italy). In the first paper we stress...

    Giovanni Visco, Susanne Heidi Plattner, Patrizia Fortini and Maria Pia Sammartino

    Chemistry Central Journal 2012 6:104

    Published on: 18 September 2012

  2. Research article

    Proposal of a new analytical procedure for the measurement of water absorption by stone. Preliminary study for an alternative to the Italian technical normative NORMAL 07-81

    Italian technical normative in the field of cultural heritage is often considered insufficient or not suitable in practise, therefore efforts are necessary to design new and/or improve already existing ones.

    Susanne Heidi Plattner, Rita Reale, Giovanni Visco, Maria Grazia Papa and Maria Pia Sammartino

    Chemistry Central Journal 2012 6:62

    Published on: 27 June 2012

  3. Research article

    Characterization and Identification of Natural Terpenic Resins employed in “Madonna con Bambino e Angeli” by Antonello da Messina using Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry

    Natural resins were frequently employed as adhesives or as components of oleo-resinous media in paintings in the past. The identification of vegetable resins is still an open problem. The aim of this paper is ...

    Mario Vincenzo Russo and Pasquale Avino

    Chemistry Central Journal 2012 6:59

    Published on: 21 June 2012

  4. Research article

    Mass Spectrometric and Synchrotron Radiation based techniques for the identification and distribution of painting materials in samples from paints of Josep Maria Sert

    Establishing the distribution of materials in paintings and that of their degradation products by imaging techniques is fundamental to understand the painting technique and can improve our knowledge on the con...

    Anna Lluveras-Tenorio, Alessia Andreotti, Ilaria Bonaduce, Sarah Boularand, Marine Cotte, Josep Roqué, Maria Perla Colombini and Marius Vendrell-Saz

    Chemistry Central Journal 2012 6:45

    Published on: 22 May 2012

  5. Research article

    The Altar Machine in the Church Mother of Gangi (Palermo, Italy). Interpretation of the past uses, scientific investigation and preservation challenge

    The aim of this work was to study the Altar Machine in the Church Mother of Gangi, a little town near Palermo (Italy) regarding the history, the technical manufacture, the constitutive materials and the state ...

    Angela Lo Monaco, Maurizio Marabelli, Claudia Pelosi and Michele Salvo

    Chemistry Central Journal 2012 6:47

    Published on: 22 May 2012

  6. Research article

    Measurement of volatile organic compounds emitted in libraries and archives: an inferential indicator of paper decay?

    A sampling campaign of indoor air was conducted to assess the typical concentration of indoor air pollutants in 8 National Libraries and Archives across the U.K. and Ireland. At each site, two locations were c...

    Lorraine T Gibson, Abdunaser Ewlad-Ahmed, Barry Knight, Velson Horie, Gemma Mitchell and Claire J Robertson

    Chemistry Central Journal 2012 6:42

    Published on: 15 May 2012

  7. Research article

    Effects of isopropanol on collagen fibrils in new parchment

    Isopropanol is widely used by conservators to relax the creases and folds of parchment artefacts. At present, little is known of the possible side effects of the chemical on parchments main structural componen...

    Lee G Gonzalez, Jennifer Hiller, Nick J Terrill, Joanna Parkinson, Kate Thomas and Tim J Wess

    Chemistry Central Journal 2012 6:24

    Published on: 31 March 2012

  8. Research article

    Carbonyl compounds indoors in a changing climate

    Formic acid, acetic acid and formaldehyde are important compounds in the indoor environment because of the potential for these acids to degrade calcareous materials (shells, eggs, tiles and geological specimen...

    Peter Brimblecombe and Carlota M Grossi

    Chemistry Central Journal 2012 6:21

    Published on: 22 March 2012