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Cleaning IV: Gels and Polymeric Dispersions

This chapter provides an overview of a complex and variegated class of material, namely gels. The objective of this chapter is to introduce the reader to a basic knowledge of gels and principally to the difference between physical and chemical gels. Structural and mechanical properties are introduced in order to provide the basis for a sufficient comprehension of the uses and applications of this class of materials in the conservation of Cultural Heritage. Finally, standard as well as advanced characterization techniques are reported.

Print publication date: 03 Jun 2013
Copyright year: 2013
Print ISBN: 978-1-84973-566-7
PDF eISBN: 978-1-84973-763-0