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Workshop on characterisation of organic materials

From: Marika Spring <marika.spring>
Date: Friday, February 9, 2007
Call for papers

Characterisation of organic materials (binding media, varnishes,
    pigments) in paint cross-sections
International Workshop
University of Bologna, Italy
21 Sep 2007

The location of organic materials within paint layers is often
crucial in the interpretation of analytical results (for example
determining whether the material is original or from a later
conservation treatment). However, the bulk sample analysis using
chromatographic and mass-spectrometric methods, conventionally
applied to the analysis of organic materials in paint, does not
usually provide this information. Over the last few years,
techniques such as micro FTIR mapping/imaging, Imaging SIMS, SERS
Raman and micro-spectrofluorimetry have come into use; these are
capable of identifying organic materials directly on paint cross
sections so that spatial information is also obtained. The focus of
this two-day meeting will be exchange of information on developments
in these types of analytical technique, as well as applications and
case studies involving characterisation of organic materials such as
varnishes, binding media, and organic pigments in paint cross

The workshop is jointly organised by the University of Bologna
(Microchemistry and Microscopy Art Diagnostic Laboratory - M2ADL)
and the National Gallery of London (Scientific Department) under the
auspices of the Eu-ARTECH (Access Research and Technology for the
conservation of the European Cultural Heritage) project
<URL:>, which is coordinated by the
University of Perugia. The aim of Eu-ARTECH is to improve
co-operation and exchange of knowledge in this field.

If you are interested in contributing a paper to the workshop,
please submit an abstract of 500 words maximum to Dr. Silvia Prati
<silvia.prati [at] unibo__it silvia.prati [at] unibo__it> by May 31, 2007.

If you plan on attending please send a message confirming your
interest and include your contact information. An early estimation
of attendance will be helpful for scheduling purposes.

It is intended that the papers presented at the workshop will be
published as postprints. The official language of the meeting will
be English.

Marika Spring
Scientific Department
National Gallery London

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