An innovative technology, based on UV radiation, will be developed to strongly reduce the microbial activity of the air inside the store rooms of public and private museums, archives and libraries where the cultural heritage's collections are conserved. The direct irradiation of objects and the formation of ozone by the UV light will be respectively prevented through the development of proper shielding and catalysts of manganese oxides supported by honeycomb graphite structures. The adoption of the proposed equipment will strongly reduce the biologic activity of the particles suspended in the air and minimise the spread of fungal infections that are responsible for irreversible deterioration of priceless objects and dangerous for the health of people working in the institutes.
The successful completion of the project will put at disposal to thousands of European museums, archives and libraries a new kind of equipment that will minimise the need of the traditional fumigation with toxic gases, such as Ethylene Oxide, that are currently carried out to disinfect the store rooms. The proposed research accomplishes the CAFE initiative (Clean Air for Europe) of the Commission, a daughter directive of Air Quality for Europe Directive that explicitly mentions the need of decreasing any activity related to cultural heritage that would lead to air pollution. The project is also coherent to the Community interventions through the "Culture 2000" framework programme and Structural Funds.
Fields of science
- social sciencesmedia and communicationslibrary sciencearchives
- natural sciencesearth and related environmental sciencesenvironmental sciencespollution
- natural scienceschemical sciencesorganic chemistryvolatile organic compounds
- natural scienceschemical sciencesorganic chemistryaliphatic compounds
- natural sciencesbiological sciencesmicrobiologymycology
- engineering and technologyenvironmental engineeringair pollution engineering
- natural scienceschemical sciencesinorganic chemistryinorganic compounds
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