Freitag, 14. Juni 2013, 14:15 - 15:45 iCal

ChemCH – Chemistry for Cultural Heritage: Material Analysis in Art and Archaeology

Gastvortrag von Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manfred Schreiner (Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien)

Universität Wien, Chemische Institute, Seminarraum 2 beim Dekanat, Raum 2124, 1. Stock
Währinger Straße 42, 1090 Wien

Seminar, Workshop, Kurs

In the last decades a particular collaboration between art and natu¬ral sciences has been developed and a co-operation between archaeology, art history and conservation-restoration on one side and physics, chemistry and biology on the other side seems fairly well established. Within that collaboration material analysis is of increasing importance as the booming development of analytical methods has brought a great number of new instrumental micro-analytical techniques with non-sampling (without taking original sample material) and in-situ applicability to an artifact. Instruments based on x-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF) as well as infrared (FTIR), Raman or UV-VIS spectroscopy are applied for the analysis of the original material in order to determine the authenticity of an object or the technology used for manufacturing the artifact. Addi¬tionally, material analysis has become an important issue in the field of conservation-restoration, as most of the materials are degraded during their storage or during their exhibition.

In the presentation a short overview of the analytical techniques available to scientist working in the field of cultural heritage is given and the applicability to objects of art and archaeology will be discussed. Furthermore, the degradation (corrosion) phenomena occurring on objects made of metals, glass and modern materials such as polymers will be presented and the role of chemistry in the field of conservation and preservation of such materials will be demonstrated.


Institut für Physikalische Chemie


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kautek
Universität Wien
Institut für Physikalische Chemie
01 4277 52470