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Ionic nanoparticles in heritage conservation; treatments for the Mary Rose timbers

DOI: 10.1016/j.ssi.2012.02.035 DOI Help

Authors: Alan Chadwick (University of Kent at Canterbury) , Eleanor Schofield (Mary Rose Trust) , Mark Jones (Mary Rose Trust) , Giannantonio Cibin (Diamond Light Source) , J. Fred W. Mosselmans (Diamond Light Source)
Co-authored by industrial partner: Yes

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Solid State Ionics , VOL 225 , PAGES 742–746

State: Published (Approved)
Published: October 2012
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 6437

Abstract: A potential method for the de-acidification of water-logged archaeological wood is through a treatment with alkaline nanoparticles. To provide information on the process we have measured the penetration of strontium carbonate nanoparticles in fresh oak blocks from dispersions of water and 2-propanol. The diffusion coefficient into the wood from aqueous dispersions is ~ 3 × 10? 12 m2 s? 1. The diffusion is slower from the alcohol dispersion. Diffusion is also slower for samples treated with PEG200. X-ray absorption studies show that iron sulfates in wood are converted to siderite and goethite, removing the potential for the formation of sulfuric acid

Journal Keywords: Nanoparticles; Archaeology; Mary Rose; Conservation

Subject Areas: Archaeological and Cultural Heritage, Materials, Chemistry


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