Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry

, Volume 11, Issue 9, pp 1335–1346 | Cite as

Electrochemical monitoring of indigo preparation using Maya’s ancient procedures

  • Antonio Doménech
  • María Teresa Doménech-Carbó
  • María Luisa Vázquez de Agredos Pascual
Original Paper

Abstract

The preparation of indigo from Indigofera suffruticosa following the procedures attributed to ancient Mayas was electrochemically monitored using the voltammetry-of-microparticles approach. The mechanism formation of indigotin and indirubin from its precursors, indican and isatan, is discussed. Comparison of voltammetric profiles for differently prepared and commercial indigos and genuine Maya Blue samples suggests that the preparation procedure of indigo changed during the Late Classical Maya period.

Keywords

Maya Blue Indigo Indirubin Synthesis Electrochemistry 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Financial support is gratefully acknowledged from the Generalitat Valenciana I+D+I project AE06/131.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Doménech
    • 1
  • María Teresa Doménech-Carbó
    • 2
  • María Luisa Vázquez de Agredos Pascual
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Departament de Química AnalíticaUniversitat de ValènciaBurjassot (València)Spain
  2. 2.Institut de Restauració del Patrimoni/Departament de Conservació i Restauració de Bens CulturalsUniversitat Politécnica de ValènciaValènciaSpain
  3. 3.Departament de Historia del ArteUniversitat de ValènciaValènciaSpain

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