Why do certain ancient natural dyes, such as indigo, preserve their colour so well while others, like brazilein, seem to degrade much faster? And how did mauveine change the world of colour? Will modern binding media, as vinyl paints, perform as well as a medieval tempera? Will it be possible to predict their durability? Photochemistry can answer many important questions about materials’ stability, providing new tools for the conservation of treasured artworks. In this chapter, photochemistry emerges as an important contribution to the understanding of those complex processes, providing fascinating insights into a world of colour and light.
|Title of host publication||Applied Photochemistry: When Light Meets Molecules|
|Editors||Serena Silvi, Giacomo Bergamini|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Name||Lecture Notes in Chemistry|
Melo, M. J., Ferreira, J. L. A., Melo, J. S. S. D., & Parola, A. J. (2016). Photochemistry for Cultural Heritage. In S. Silvi, & G. Bergamini (Eds.), Applied Photochemistry: When Light Meets Molecules (pp. 499-530). (Lecture Notes in Chemistry ; Vol. 92). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31671-0