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Topochemical investigation of ancient manuscripts

Wagner, B. and Bulska, E. and Hulanicki, A. and Heck, Martin and Ortner, H. M. :
Topochemical investigation of ancient manuscripts.
[Online-Edition: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s002160100750]
In: Fresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 369 (7) pp. 674-679.
[Article] , (2001)

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s002160100750

Abstract

Various modern instrumental techniques for surface analysis were applied for the non-destructive physico-chemical examination of works of art. As samples, pieces of ancient manuscripts endangered by iron-gall ink corrosion were used. Surface characterisation of the morphology of the cellulose fibres within corroded and non-corroded parts of the manuscript performed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed seriously damaged cellulose fibres in the written parts. The elemental composition of selected parts of the manuscript was determined by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence analysis (EDX). A more detailed study of the paper surface was then performed by electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). This technique yields the morphological characteristics of the surface as well as element distribution maps over the written area of the investigated manuscript.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2001
Creators: Wagner, B. and Bulska, E. and Hulanicki, A. and Heck, Martin and Ortner, H. M.
Title: Topochemical investigation of ancient manuscripts
Language: English
Abstract:

Various modern instrumental techniques for surface analysis were applied for the non-destructive physico-chemical examination of works of art. As samples, pieces of ancient manuscripts endangered by iron-gall ink corrosion were used. Surface characterisation of the morphology of the cellulose fibres within corroded and non-corroded parts of the manuscript performed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed seriously damaged cellulose fibres in the written parts. The elemental composition of selected parts of the manuscript was determined by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence analysis (EDX). A more detailed study of the paper surface was then performed by electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). This technique yields the morphological characteristics of the surface as well as element distribution maps over the written area of the investigated manuscript.

Journal or Publication Title: Fresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry
Volume: 369
Number: 7
Divisions: 11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Material Science > Material Analytics
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences > Material Science
11 Department of Materials and Earth Sciences
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2010 13:45
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s002160100750
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