Advanced Characterization Techniques, Diagnostic Tools and Evaluation Methods in Heritage Science

  • David M. Bastidas
  • Emilio Cano

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Raffaella Fontana, Marco Barucci, Alice Dal Fovo, Enrico Pampaloni, Marco Raffaelli, Jana Striova
    Pages 33-47
  3. Magdalena Iwanicka, Marcin Sylwestrzak, Piotr Targowski
    Pages 49-59
  4. Bernhard Blümich
    Pages 61-75
  5. Juan José Murillo-Fuentes, Laura Alba
    Pages 91-105

About this book


This book details the application of advanced characterisation techniques and diagnostic tools to heritage science, including the evaluation of heritage assets’ condition, their preservation and restoration.

It examines the use of electrochemical techniques in conservation science, with a particular focus on how to solve problems in taking on-site measurements. Specifically, it introduces readers to a new gel polymer (GPE) electrochemical cell developed by the authors for the characterisation of metallic heritage objects. Other techniques used to characterise and monitor reinforced concrete objects in more modern buildings are also covered, including non-destructive electrochemical techniques that allow steel corrosion to be assessed in these structures, and in those that are used to protect and repair such buildings.

The usefulness of the NMR-Mouse nuclear magnetic resonance sensor in the assessment and preservation of softer heritage materials, such as wood, parchment, bone, and painted walls, is covered, as well as Infrared reflectography for examining paintings and laser cleaning for restoring them. The book introduces ultra-High Performance Liquid Chromatography (u-HPLC) with a diode-array (DAD) and mass–mass (MS-MS) quadruple time-of-flight spectroscopy (QTOF). This new technique can be applied to the analysis and identification of natural and synthetic organic pigments and its use is demonstrated in several case studies.

This book provides a rigorous scientific grounding in the application of state-of-the-art techniques in heritage science and conservation, and offers a practical handbook for practitioners.


Built Heritage Conservation & Restoration Advanced Characterization Techniques Examination of artworks Analysis of painting materials

Editors and affiliations

  • David M. Bastidas
    • 1
  • Emilio Cano
    • 2
  1. 1.National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance, NCERCAMP–UA, Department of Chemical, Biomolecular and Corrosion EngineeringThe University of AkronAkronUSA
  2. 2.Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas (CENIM), Corrosion and Protection of Metallic Materials for Cultural Heritage and Construction Research Group (COPAC)Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)MadridSpain

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