Special Issue "Functional Coatings for Cultural Heritage Conservation"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Corrosion, Wear and Erosion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 230

Special Issue Editors

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto Nazionale di Ottica | CNR – INO, Largo E. Fermi, 650125 Florence, Italy
Interests: non-invasive diagnostics of works of art; multispectral analysis; VIS-NIR spectroscopy; 3D survey; optical coherence tomography; NLO microscopies; photo-acoustics
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National Research Council – National Institute of Optics, CNR-INO, Largo E. Fermi, 650125 Florence, Italy
Interests: design, development, and application of instruments for the non-invasive diagnostics of works of art; multispectral imaging (UV-VIS-NIR, THz); OCT (optical coherence tomography); 3D survey; NLOM (nonlinear optical microscopies)
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, a wide variety of film-forming materials are used for the protection and conservation of works of art. Coatings applied in the past have undergone transformations that have caused their morphological and structural properties to deteriorate. In order to verify the performance and durability of these materials, their chemical and physical characterisation is of paramount importance. It is also necessary to focus the research on the development of new eco-friendly materials that are compatible with the objects to be preserved and that can be removed with green solvents or other methods that do not affect the substrate.

The aim of this Special Issue is to expand the research into the development, characterisation and monitoring of materials that can be used as protective coatings on artworks of various types, compositions and sizes. Also of great interest is the definition of new methods for the removal and replacement of coatings, including the monitoring of the cleaning process.

Dr. Alice Dal Fovo
Dr. Raffaella Fontana
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • coatings
  • non-invasive analysis
  • cleaning
  • monitoring

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