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  1. Research article

    Application of solid phase microextraction–gas chromatography–mass spectrometry method for the detection of active moulds on historical objects

    The main purpose of these studies was to assess the possibility of applying the technique of solid phase microextraction (SPME)–gas chromatography (GC)–mass spectrometry (MS) to detect the activity of moulds o...

    Tomasz Sawoszczuk and Justyna Syguła-Cholewińska

    Heritage Science 2017 5:20

    Published on: 23 May 2017

  2. Research article

    Mi Fuma il Cervello” self-portrait series of Alighiero Boetti: evaluation of a conservation and maintenance strategy based on sacrificial coatings

    Mi Fuma il Cervello” (“steaming brain”) is the iconic self-portrait of Alighiero Boetti, in which the artist is represented standing up while a copper hose lets water flow on his head. A hidden electric resistan...

    Davide Gulotta, Bruna Mariani, Edoardo Guerrini, Stefano Trasatti, Paola Letardi, Laura Rosetti, Lucia Toniolo and Sara Goidanich

    Heritage Science 2017 5:19

    Published on: 17 May 2017

  3. Research article

    Van Gogh’s Irises and Roses: the contribution of chemical analyses and imaging to the assessment of color changes in the red lake pigments

    Vincent van Gogh’s still lifes Irises and Roses were investigated to shed light onto the degree to which the paintings had changed, both individually and in relation to each other since they were painted, particu...

    Silvia A. Centeno, Charlotte Hale, Federico Carò, Anna Cesaratto, Nobuko Shibayama, John Delaney, Kathryn Dooley, Geert van der Snickt, Koen Janssens and Susan Alyson Stein

    Heritage Science 2017 5:18

    Published on: 10 May 2017

  4. Research article

    Polyurethane coatings in twentieth century outdoor painted sculptures. Part II: comparative study of four systems by means of Py-GC/MS

    Because PU coatings offer a compromise between aesthetic and performance expectations, unachievable with other types of industrial paints, they are currently recognized as the most appropriate option to coat s...

    Catherine Defeyt, Michael Schilling, Julia Langenbacher, John Escarsega and Rachel Rivenc

    Heritage Science 2017 5:15

    Published on: 12 April 2017

  5. Review

    On the stability of mediaeval inorganic pigments: a literature review of the effect of climate, material selection, biological activity, analysis and conservation treatments

    This review is to be considered part of the development of the MEMORI dosimeter, to evaluate the impact of climate (relative humidity, temperature, illumination, etc., including volatile organic compounds) on ...

    Alessia Coccato, Luc Moens and Peter Vandenabeele

    Heritage Science 2017 5:12

    Published on: 29 March 2017

  6. Research article

    Reflectance imaging spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation X-ray fluorescence mapping used in a technical study of The Blue Room by Pablo Picasso

    The existence of a portrait hidden beneath The Blue Room (1901) by Pablo Picasso prompted a comprehensive technical study of this early Blue period painting. Microanalysis of paint samples was combined with refle...

    Patricia A. Favero, Jennifer Mass, John K. Delaney, Arthur R. Woll, Alyssa M. Hull, Kathryn A. Dooley and Adam C. Finnefrock

    Heritage Science 2017 5:13

    Published on: 22 March 2017

  7. Research article

    Polyurethane coatings used in twentieth century outdoor painted sculptures. Part I: comparative study of various systems by means of ATR-FTIR spectroscopy

    Like acrylics and alkyds, polyurethanes (PUs) represent an important class of industrial paints adopted by 20th and 21st artists; primarily by those creating outdoor painted sculptures (OPS). Because PU coatin...

    Catherine Defeyt, Julia Langenbacher and Rachel Rivenc

    Heritage Science 2017 5:11

    Published on: 17 March 2017

  8. Research article

    Analyzing chemical changes in verdigris pictorial specimens upon bacteria and fungi biodeterioration using voltammetry of microparticles

    It is reported the application of the voltammetry of microparticles (VMP), complemented with attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) and field emission scanning electron...

    Annette S. Ortiz-Miranda, Antonio Doménech-Carbó, María Teresa Doménech-Carbó, Laura Osete-Cortina, Fernando Bolívar-Galiano and Inés Martín-Sánchez

    Heritage Science 2017 5:8

    Published on: 27 February 2017

  9. Research article

    On-site monitoring of the performance of innovative treatments for marble conservation in architectural heritage

    Innovative nanostructured treatments for stone conservation, based on dispersions of photoactive TiO2 nanoparticles, recently studied in our research group, provided interesting results after laboratory testing. ...

    Francesca Gherardi, Davide Gulotta, Sara Goidanich, Annalisa Colombo and Lucia Toniolo

    Heritage Science 2017 5:4

    Published on: 24 January 2017

  10. Research article

    Identification of cellulose nitrate based adhesive repairs in archaeological pottery of the University of Melbourne’s Middle Eastern archaeological pottery collection using portable FTIR-ATR spectroscopy and PCA

    A previous study of the Cypriot pottery collection housed in the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne found approximately two-thirds of adhesive repairs are primarily composed of cellulose n...

    Emily Noake, Deborah Lau and Petronella Nel

    Heritage Science 2017 5:3

    Published on: 19 January 2017

  11. Research article

    Monitoring the accumulated water soluble airborne compounds deposited on surfaces of showcases and walls in museums, archives and historical buildings

    Cultural heritage objects are subject to the deposition of a multitude of airborne pollutants even when kept inside museums, archives, historical buildings or showcases. Some of the pollutants are quickly depo...

    Lilian Skytte, Kaare Lund Rasmussen, Bo Svensmark, Morten Ryhl-Svendsen and Peter Brimblecombe

    Heritage Science 2017 5:1

    Published on: 10 January 2017

  12. Research article

    Unravelling the glass trade bead sequence from Magoro Hill, South Africa: separating pre-seventeenth-century Asian imports from later European counterparts

    Excavations conducted between 2010 and 2012 at Magoro Hill, a site in South Africa’s Limpopo Province frequented or intermittently occupied by African farming communities since the first millennium AD, yielded...

    Farahnaz Koleini, Linda C. Prinsloo, Wim Biemond, Philippe Colomban, Anh-Tu Ngo, Jan C. A. Boeyens, Maria M. van der Ryst and Koos van Brakel

    Heritage Science 2016 4:43

    Published on: 22 December 2016

  13. Research article

    Hexi painting on Xitian Fanjing, a Qing imperial Buddhist temple in Beijing, China: technology revealed by analytical approaches (an initial report)

    Hexi painting (和玺彩画) was historically documented as the most sophisticated decorative art representing the highest levels of technological knowledge and skills for decorating the Chinese ...

    Tiequan Zhu, Tao Li, Naitao Liu, Jian Chen, Hong Huang, Qianli Fu and Shangxin Zhang

    Heritage Science 2016 4:42

    Published on: 14 December 2016

  14. Review

    Preserving rapid prototypes: a review

    Rapid Prototyping (RP) has revolutionized the world of manufacturing. It has gained popularity among designers and artists, having developed from a visualization tool to a manufacturing tool for end-use produc...

    Carolien Coon, Boris Pretzel, Tom Lomax and Matija Strlič

    Heritage Science 2016 4:40

    Published on: 22 November 2016

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