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CHAPTER 13

Inorganic Nanomaterials for the Consolidation of Wall Paintings and Stones

This chapter reports on the usage of inorganic nanomaterials for the compatible and stable consolidation of wall paintings and stone artefacts. Traditional consolidants, either inorganic [aqueous Ca(OH)2 solutions or dispersions] or organic [e.g. acrylate or vinyl acetate polymers], exhibit several limitations and drawbacks. On the other hand, dispersions of calcium hydroxide nanoparticles in short‐chain aliphatic alcohols ensure optimal consolidation effects, as highlighted by several case studies. Mixed formulations, including barium, strontium, magnesium and calcium hydroxides, can be used on salt‐contaminated plasters and other carbonate‐based stones, owing to their different chemical reactivity and to the physico‐chemical characteristics of the carbonates they form.

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