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5th International Congress on Chemistry for Cultural Heritage

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Science, and in particularly chemistry, plays an important role in the sustainable preservation of our cultural heritage through the investigation of ancient materials with the aim of understanding their technologies and degradation process. State-of-the-art analytical instrumentations and methods, which are always being improved, allow access to information from surviving works of art and provide the tools for the diagnostic and protection of Cultural Heritage. 

EuCheMS, the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (http://www.euchems.eu/about-us/what-is-euchems/) aims to nurture a platform for scientific discussion and to provide a single, unbiased European voice on key policy issues in chemistry and related fields. The EuCHEMS Working Party on Chemistry for Cultural Heritage (ChemCH) was initiated with the 2010 International EuCHEMS congress promoting dialogue on the role of chemical science and technology for Cultural Heritage. Since then, the ChemCH conference has been organised every other year, with previous editions in Ravenna in 2010, Istanbul in 2012, Vienna in 2014 and Brussels in 2016 . The 5th ChemCH was held in Bucharest in 2018. 

Heritage Science has been a proud supporter of the ChemCH conferences since the journal was founded. As with the two previous conferences, a selection of the most significant contributions of the 2018 edition were compiled in this special issue.

Edited by Dr Elena Badea

  1. Content type: Research article

    In illuminated manuscripts, a reliable identification of oxyanion pigments such as azurite by rFTIR is simple, as several combination and overtone bands are strongly enhanced compared to transmission mode. How...

    Authors: Wilfried Vetter, Irene Latini and Manfred Schreiner

    Citation: Heritage Science 2019 7:21

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    Lead used to be a common material for setting seal to historical documents. Lead seals formed parts of historical documents as a guarantee of their legal validity. Disinfectants are commonly used during the re...

    Authors: Sarka Msallamova, Milan Kouril, Kristyna Charllote Strachotova, Jan Stoulil, Kateryna Popova and Pavla Dvorakova

    Citation: Heritage Science 2019 7:18

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    In conservation science, the identification of painting materials is fundamental for the study of artists’ palettes, for dating and for understanding on-going degradation phenomena. For these purposes, the stu...

    Authors: Alessia Artesani, Marta Ghirardello, Sara Mosca, Austin Nevin, Gianluca Valentini and Daniela Comelli

    Citation: Heritage Science 2019 7:17

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Liquid chromatography with UV–Vis and mass spectrometric detection (LC–DAD–MS) was applied to the identification of dyes and biological sources in samples from nineteenth to twentieth century ethnographic text...

    Authors: Irina Petroviciu, Iulia Teodorescu, Florin Albu, Marian Virgolici, Eugenia Nagoda and Andrei Medvedovici

    Citation: Heritage Science 2019 7:15

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Modern art materials introduced since the end of XIX century include a large number of formulations of synthetic polymers and pigments, whose degradation processes and best preservation conditions are a major ...

    Authors: Jacopo La Nasa, Greta Biale, Francesca Sabatini, Ilaria Degano, Maria Perla Colombini and Francesca Modugno

    Citation: Heritage Science 2019 7:8

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Mosaics, one of the most important decorative artworks in the Roman culture, were usually elaborated with a set of tesserae joined with lime or others binders to form geometric or figurative decorations. The i...

    Authors: Iker Marcaida, Maite Maguregui, Héctor Morillas, Nagore Prieto-Taboada, Marco Veneranda, Silvia Fdez-Ortiz de Vallejuelo, Alberta Martellone, Bruno De Nigris, Massimo Osanna and Juan Manuel Madariaga

    Citation: Heritage Science 2019 7:3

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Micro-samples from 57 original paint tubes used between 1904 and 1909 by the Norwegian painter, Harriet Backer were studied with inductively coupled plasma–optical emission spectroscopy (ICP–OES). This accurat...

    Authors: Francesco Caruso, Sara Mantellato, Noëlle L. W. Streeton and Tine Frøysaker

    Citation: Heritage Science 2019 7:1

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Assessment was performed of the air quality related risk to the conservation of cultural heritage objects in one urban and one rural indoor location in Romania, with expected different air quality related cons...

    Authors: Terje Grøntoft and Octaviana Marincas

    Citation: Heritage Science 2018 6:73

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Alum-treated wooden artefacts suffer from extreme deterioration, and the stability of these objects and the salts they contain to variations in climate conditions is an important issue. Responses of potassium ...

    Authors: Caitlin M. A. McQueen, Calin C. Steindal, Olga Narygina and Susan Braovac

    Citation: Heritage Science 2018 6:66

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