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Web Date: May 5, 2011

Simplifying Pigment Detective Work

Art Conservation: Scientists remove a strong acid treatment in a Raman spectroscopy technique for measuring paint composition
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: art, Raman, conservation chemistry

When conservation scientists examine the pigment composition of great masterpieces, they use techniques that produce minimal damage to the paintings. Now one of these sensitive techniques may have gotten one step simpler.

Researchers led by Kristin Wustholz, a chemist at the College of William & Mary, made the improvement to a protocol called surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The method pinpoints the chemical make-up of pigment from just a single microscopic particle of the . . .

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