Analytical methods for the environmental degradation of cultural heritage

A.Y. 2016/2017
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to teach: (a) basic information regarding the main degradation processes of cultural heritage materials, in particular stones, mortars, pigments and dyes, metals and plastics; (b) analytical procedures suitable for the identification and investigations of such degradation phenomena and their causes.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the students will be able to recognize and analyze the most important environmental deterioration phenomena of the materials discussed during the lessons.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Atmospheric pollutants and general information about their effect on cultural heritage materials. Summary of the most used instrumental techniques for the chemical analysis of environmental degradation phenomena. The deterioration of stones, mortars, metals and plastics. Effects of indoor pollutants on materials stored in museums and exhibitions. Laboratory exercise on the investigation of deteriorated stone materials by instrumental analytical techniques. Seminars on specific subjects.
CHIM/01 - ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours