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Characterization of changes induced by ageing to the microstructure of pure cellulose paper by use of a gravimetric water vapour adsorption technique



The changes induced to paper microstructure by accelerated ageing were studied using an automated gravimetric technique based on water vapour adsorption. The technique can be used especially in applications involving the adsorption and desorption of water, such as paper recycling, hornification, ageing and aqueous conservation treatments. The logistics for the calculation of the specific surface area of the examined samples are presented, and the f-plot technique was applied for the visualization and interpretation of the results. These indicated that ageing reduced the adsorption and the swelling capacity of the paper, resulting in a more compact structure, increasing crystallinity and promoting hornification.


Accelerated ageing Adsorption BET f-plot Hornification Paper microstructure Specific surface Water vapour 



I would like to thank Prof. A. Moropoulou of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), School of Chemical Engineering (SCE), for her support and assistance. The experimental part of the research presented here took place at the Section of Materials Science and Engineering, SCE, NTUA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Paper and Book Conservation LaboratoryGeneral State Archives of CorfuCorfuGreece

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