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Subject: Workshop on IMAT

Workshop on IMAT

From: Kate Seymour <info<-a>
Date: Monday, September 15, 2014
Workshop and Demonstration

IMAT: An intelligent mobile multipurpose accurate thermo electrical
    mild heating device for conservation of cultural heritage assets
The Netherlands

Hosted by SRAL
20 October2014

    Standard: EUR60.00
    Students: EUR15.00

Workshop fees will include lunches.

Places are limited to 25 participants and will be allocated on a
first come basis.

Registration forms are available at info<-a t->sral< . >nl.  Proof of
studentship will be required.

Discount bookings are available at Townhouse Hotel *only* through

This one-day IMAT meeting and workshop in Maastricht, hosted by IMAT
partner SRAL, aims to acquaint the conservation field with new
application of nanomaterials in conservation of artworks and IMAT
mild heat transfer device prototypes developed by IMAT research
project under the EU Commission's Seventh Framework Program for
Scientific Research.  Nanotubes owing to their extraordinary thermal


and mechanical and electrical properties


have inspired scientists since their discovery in 1991.  The
reduction of production costs has seen the emergence of practical
technologies in advanced electronics and like fields.  IMAT is the
first application of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles in
art conservation.  50 000 times thinner than a human hair, with an
E-modulus 10 times greater than steel, nanotubes have very
interesting electrical and thermal properties that allow generating
heat in ways and accuracy unattainable with traditional materials.
The workshop will show how nanomaterials can be applied in
innovative ways on smart textiles designing highly accurate heat
transfer technology for art conservation.

The IMAT Project <URL:>, started in 2011
now culminates in series of innovative state-of-the-art precision
mild heat transfer instruments in the form of ultra thin profile,
lightweight, flexible, transparent and breathable mats and console
to control the temperature.  IMAT touch screen console allows
unprecedented control over the heat transfer cycle contributing to
more nuanced, customised and safer treatment.  Of particular
interest is the unsurpassed IMAT accuracy at low temperature ranges
(24-52 deg. C) opening new possibilities in treatment methodology.
Moreover, the breathable mats permit the migration of vapours and
airflow so often used in combination with mild heating in
conservation treatments.

At the meeting the IMAT prototypes will be introduced through the
presentation of IMAT design and operational parameters, illustrated
with the case studies by conservators from Italy, USA, Netherlands
and Lithuania involved in the project.  Participants will have hands
on experience with the IMAT device.


    Lectures: 10.30 - 13.00

        Introduction: IMAT the first application of carbon nanotubes
        (CNT) for Art Conservation

        Case Studies: IMAT Prototypes and its use in cultural
        heritage conservation

    Speakers: Tomas Markevicius and Nina Olsson (IMAT research
    project); Helmut Meyer (Future Carbon GMBH); Dr. Rocco Fureri,
    Stefano Pieri and Lorenzo Giardina (University of Florence);
    Lorenzo Conti (Paintings Conservator); Laura Amorosi (Paintings
    Conservator); Kate Seymour, Stijn Lenaerts(SRAL)

        Demonstration 14.30 - 16.30

SRAL is a defining institute specialised in the conservation and
restoration of paintings, sculptures, contemporary artworks and
historic interiors.  We provide an integrated approach to
conservation issues through research, consultancy and education.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 28:17
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Received on Monday, 15 September, 2014

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