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Evaluation of non-aqueous stabilisation method for individual items

Novel conservation treatments for stabilisation of paper's oxidative decay were evaluated by an interdisciplinary group consisting of chemists, physicists, conservators and art historians. A number of instrumental techniques were used, such as size exclusion chromatography and viscometry, UV/VIS spectroscopy, FTIR, and PIXE. Model iron gall ink was prepared and applied uniformly to model gelatine-sized rag paper. Full Arrhenius study was performed at temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees Celsium in order to obtain stability data at close to ambient conditions. Photo-stability of samples was also evaluated.

The evaluated prototype treatments will be further developed by the participating SME into a first commercially available product for non-aqueous stabilisation of ink corrosion. This is expected to contribute to development best preservation strategies for corroded documents and have a considerable economic impact for the SME. By enabling the preservation of the artefacts, the results will have an impact on the sector of cultural tourism in Europe. The results will be extensively disseminated to conservators and decision-makers via workshops (2 already organised), exhibitions (3 organised so far) and publications.

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