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Pentachlorophenol pesticide in wooden museum objects

Researchers from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the University of Ljubljana and the National Museum of Slovenia recently published the paper Non-Destructive Detection of Pentachlorophenol Residues in Historical Wooden Objects. As a natural material wood is important in many heritage collections. Because of its susceptibility to biodegradation, it has often been chemically …

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Fully funded PhD studentship available – FINISHED

The HSLL is pleased to announce one fully funded 4-year heritage science PhD studentship starting 1 Oct 2021. We are looking for outstanding applicants with an MSc in chemistry, engineering, environmental science, conservation or other relevant disciplines, with a good knowledge of chemical experimental sciences and data analysis. The successful applicant will have a minimal …

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Affordable monitoring of pollutants in museum environments

Researchers from the Heritage Science Lab Ljubljana and National Museum of Slovenia recently published the article titled: “Validation of passive samplers for monitoring of acetic and formic acid in museum environments”. This study was done in the frame of the EU research project APACHE. Acetic acid and formic acid are volatile, indoor generated pollutants that …

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Prof. Baglioni’s Webinar: Soft matter and cultural heritage

We are pleased to announce that the Webinar “Application of soft matter to the conservation of cultural heritage” as presented by Professor Piero Baglioni, University of Florence, is now available as a video recording. Art conservation poses a significant and exciting challenge to soft matter-colloid scientists in two respects. Firstly, the majority of the best …

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Welcome Dr. Coppola and Dr. Ebeid, our Marie Curie Fellows!

Please join us as we offer our congratulations to Dr. Coppola and Dr. Ebeid, who were awarded the highly competitive and prestigious Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowships for their proposals UNCERTIR and ISLAPAP, and are joining the HSLL team in the course of 2021. Dr Floriana Coppola joins us from the University of Bologna where she …

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Imaging Spectroscopy for Quantitative Monitoring of Ageing

Ageing of historical objects often results in changes in the optical properties of the constituent materials. Imaging spectroscopy (IS) can be a valuable tool for monitoring of such changes although it has so far rarely been used in a quantitative manner. The purpose of research presented in this paper is to evaluate its detection limit …

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Poly(vinyl chloride) in art and design collections

Tjaša Rijavec, Matija Strlič and Irena Kralj Cigić recently published the invited feature paper “Plastics in Heritage Collections: Poly(vinyl chloride) Degradation and Characterization” in Acta Chimica Slovenica. Museums and galleries house significant collections of objects and contemporary art made of plastic materials, many of which undergo rapid material change. Degradation results in visible discolouration, stickiness …

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Material characterisation of a painted beehive panel

Researchers from the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenian Ethnographic Museum and Clyde Hyperspectral Imaging & Technology published the paper »Material characterisation of a painted beehive panel by advanced spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques in combination with hyperspectral imaging«. Painted beehive …

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Characterisation and durability of Xuan paper

Researchers from the Institute for Sustainable Heritage of the University College London, the Heritage Science Lab Ljubljana, and Sichuan Museum in Chengdu, China, recently published the article titled: »Characterisation and durability of contemporary unsized Xuan paper«. Xuan paper is a traditional Chinese handmade paper often used for Chinese calligraphy and painting, and is the preferred …

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