Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 91, Issue 1, pp 17–27 | Cite as

Study of deterioration of historical parchments by various thermal analysis techniques complemented by SEM, FTIR, UV-Vis-NIR and unilateral NMR investigations

  • Elena Badea
  • Lucreţia Miu
  • P. Budrugeac
  • Maria Giurginca
  • A. Mašić
  • Nicoleta Badea
  • G. Della Gatta


A comprehensive investigation has been made of a set of 14th to 16th-century parchment bookbindings from the Historical Archives of the City of Turin. Advanced physico-chemical techniques, such as thermal analysis (DSC, TG and DTA), spectroscopy (FTIR and UV-Vis-NIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and unilateral nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR-ProFiler) were employed to assess specific deterioration processes occurring at different levels in the hierarchical structure of parchment. Changes in the measured physical and chemical parameter values of parchment due to interaction with the environment were used to identify possible deterioration pathways.


deterioration pathways DSC DTA FTIR historical parchments NMR SEM TG thermal analysis UV-Vis-NIR 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Badea
    • 1
  • Lucreţia Miu
    • 2
  • P. Budrugeac
    • 3
  • Maria Giurginca
    • 4
  • A. Mašić
    • 1
  • Nicoleta Badea
    • 4
  • G. Della Gatta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry IFMUniversity of TurinTurinItaly
  2. 2.National Research and Development Institute for Textile and LeatherBucharestRomania
  3. 3.National Institute for Research and Development in Electrical Engineering ICPE-CABucharestRomania
  4. 4.University ‘POLITEHNICA’ of BucharestBucharestRomania

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