Enzymes

Enzymes are often used in paper conservation to aid in the removal of adhesive residues from previous repairs or to facilitate removal of poor-quality secondary backing supports and mats. Art conservators need to understand the chemistry of enzymes to select and use them appropriately. Understanding enzyme chemistry requires a basic knowledge of organic chemistry, chemical bonding, functional groups, and acids and bases. Organic Chemistry I for Dummies by Arthur Winter is a useful information source.

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