Volume 95 Issue 12 | p. 8 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 20, 2017

Plastic film decodes the chemistry of priceless art objects

Noninvasive method samples the surfaces of historical paintings, frescoes, and more.
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Organic SCENE, Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: art & artifacts, mass spectrometry, LC/MS, museum

Beyond their beauty and cultural significance, art objects are covered with chemicals that provide a window into their history—how they were created, taken care of, and where they’ve been. But conservators have limited options for analyzing the surface chemicals without damaging the irreplaceable artwork. In a bid to help, a research team has reported an updated version of a noninvasive method for removing molecules from a range of surfaces and analyzing them using mass spectrometry . . .

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