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  • 1 Department of Chemistry, Birkbeck College, University of London, 29 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PP London, UK
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The degradation of art objects is caused by the combination of all indoor environmental factors. To investigate the deterioration processes in paintings and at the same time to design a risk assessment system, chemical sensors based on artist's materials are developed. Therefore standard paint films of egg yolk tempera with lead white 2PbCO3·Pb(OH)2, azurite 2CuCO3·Cu(OH)2 or smalt were investigated. With accelerated ageing experiments the simulation of natural degradation processes is aimed. First markers for chemical changes were found in the FTIR and TG/DSC measurements.

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