Atomic Force Microscopy as a valuable tool in an innovative multi-scale and multi-technique non-invasive approach to surface cleaning monitoring

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Abstract

To monitor and analyze the effectiveness of new cleaning formulations, using a combination of ionic liquids ([BMIM] [BF4] and [EMIM] [EtSO4]) and enzymes (three different proteases E.C.3.4.), we adopted a novel multi-scale non-invasive approach based with different instruments: the stereomicroscope (SM), the optical microscope (OM) with visible and fluorescence light, atomic force microscope (AFM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM).

The combinations of these techniques allowed an extensive and complete characterization of the surface materials and were successfully applied for monitoring the cleaning process. Although the results showed in this work were obtained for this specific treatment, of removing proteinaceous varnish layer from documented reconstructions, it was demonstrated that the AFM monitoring protocol can be widely applied on everyday situations in the conservation science. (C) 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. Selection and peer-review under responsibility of the IA-CS (Italian Association of Conservation Scientists) and University of Antwerp

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYOUTH IN THE CONSERVATION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE, YOCOCU 2012
EditorsA Macchia, E Greco, S Cagno, F Prestileo
PublisherElsevier Science B.V., Inc
Pages258-268
Number of pages11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventYouth in Conservation of Cultural Heritage Conference (YOCOCU) - Antwerp, Belgium
Duration: 18 Jun 201220 Jun 2012

Publication series

NameProcedia Chemistry
PublisherELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Volume8
ISSN (Print)1876-6196

Conference

ConferenceYouth in Conservation of Cultural Heritage Conference (YOCOCU)
CountryBelgium
CityAntwerp
Period18/06/1220/06/12

Keywords

  • AFM
  • Enzyme
  • Ionic-liquid
  • Cleaning
  • Documented reconstructions
  • IONIC LIQUIDS

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