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Web Date: March 15, 2017

Plastic film decodes the chemistry of priceless art objects

Non-invasive 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, ancient art objects are covered in chemicals that provide a window into their history: how they were created or used, or where they’ve been. But conservators and chemists have limited options for detecting surface chemicals without damaging the priceless works.

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