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Web Date: May 26, 2011

Early Diagnosis For Aging Art

Cultural Conservation: New technique pinpoints early stages of chemical degradation in cultural artifacts
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: near infrared spectroscopy, plastics, iron gall ink

Long before museumgoers can see plastic crumble or ink fade on cultural artifacts, chemical degradation may have started inside the objects. But conservators hope that an early warning of breakdown would allow them to intervene before the damage was irreversible. With this hope in mind, European researchers have built a diagnostic tool that can sound the alarm when valuable objects are succumbing to the forces of time (Anal. Chem., DOI: . . .

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