Cultural Heritage Conservation and Environmental Impact Assessment by Non-Destructive Testing and Micro-Analysis

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Rene van Grieken, Koen Janssens
CRC Press, Sep 27, 2005 - Technology & Engineering - 334 pages
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This book mostly contains contributions by the invited lecturers at the 7th International Conference on Non-Destructive Testing and Micro-Analysis for the Diagnostics and Conservation of the Cultural and Environmental Heritage. The contributors have all been chosen for their individual reputations and the quality of their research, but also because they represent a field deemed highly important. Hence, this book give balanced coverage of the areas that are most relevant in non-destructive testing and micro-analysis in the realm of cultural heritage.

The analysis methods provide the clinical composition of cultural artifacts to elucidate their provenance, the rate of alteration as a result of exposure to the environment and the effectiveness of conservation and restoration strategies. The techniques are partially or fully non-destructive, are portable, or allow study of different parts of a heterogeneous work of art.


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a critical review
Effects of the cultural environment
three case studies
A study of artists materials based on Raman spectroscopy and totalreflection xray fluorescence analysis TXRF
Microfocus xray computed tomography mCT for archaeological glasses
How diagnostic technologies contribute to the interpretation of the Byzantine icons
NDT and planning on historic buildings and complexes for the protection of cultural heritage
Modern and ancient glass in the polluted atmosphere What is the prevailing phenomenon? Leaching corrosion soiling encrusting ?
New insights on the chemical nature of stone yellowing produced after laser cleaning
ten open questions for conservation science
Analysis of paint layers by light microscopy scanning electron microscopy and synchrotron induced xray microdiffraction
analysis of paintings with portable EDXRF equipment
Corrosion of bronze in outdoor environments
Endangered glass objects identified by ion beam analysis
circulation of gold from the 6th century BC to the 12th century AD
Assessment of air pollutant levels in some European museums and churches

Nondestructive ion beam techniques for the depth profiling of elements in Amerindian gold jewellery artefacts
Investigation of a novel conservation procedure for historical documents
Can xray computed tomography contribute to cultural heritage and stone conservation through the nondestructive monitoring of deterioration and re...
Microclimate measurements in the Cour Marly Louvre Museum
Innovative techniques for the characterisation of encrustation on Pentelic marble from the Parthenon
A survey of the recent use of xray beam methods for nondestructive investigations in the cultural heritage sector
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René Van Grieken obtained his PhD degree in Chemistry from the University of Ghent, Belgium, in 1971. He became Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at the University of Antwerp in 1974, and was nominated Full Professor in 1984. In 1980, he was a co-founder, and has since then been a co-director, of MiTAC, the Micro- and Trace Analysis Centre of the University of Antwerp, which employs some 80 researchers in fundamental analytical chemistry and its environmental, material science and cultural heritage applications. He has published some 650 articles and a dozen books in these various fields.

Koen Janssens studied chemistry at the University of Antwerp and obtained a PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 1989 from this institution. In 1990, he became a staff member of MiTAC, first as a research associate and later as research director of the National Fund for Scientific Research, Brussels, Belgium. Since October 2000, he is Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Antwerp, with teaching duties in radiochemistry and instrumental analytical chemistry. His research interests are centered on the use of X-ray microbeams for non-destructive microanalysis of various natures.

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