—Plastic film decodes the chemistry of priceless art objects “Noninvasive method samples the surfaces of historical paintings, frescoes, and more.” Beyond their beauty and cultural significance, art objects are covered with chemicals that provide a window into their history—how they were created, taken care of, and where they’ve been. But conservators have limited options for analyzing the surface chemicals without damaging the irreplaceable artwork. In a bid to help, a research team has reported an updated version of a noninvasive method for removing molecules from a range of surfaces and analyzing them using mass spectrometry (Anal.
by Sarah Webb |
March 20, 2017