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 Chemistry and Catalysis
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Atmospheric corrosion on a fragment of glass from the window of a gothic cathedral

Medieval glassware
At the Elettra laboratory, phase contrast microtomography based on synchrotron light has been employed to examine the coating applied on corroded medieval glassware objects to protect them from environmental influences.

A fresco of a Pompeian couple with stylus, wax tablets, and papyrus roll

Pompeii inks
Small ink traces found on the sides of a recently discovered inkpot in Pompeii have been examined at Elettra by means of ATR (Attenuated Total Reflection) microspectroscopy in order to determine their composition.

Virtual section of frescoed plaster damaged by environmental pollution

Restoration of frescoes
The non-destructive nature of microtomography allows detailed examination of the structure of a plaster specimen painted with frescoes at various phases of the restoration and conservation process, with no effect upon its chemical and physical properties.

Roman Ship Bas-relief

Roman ship hulls
Submersed wooden naval discoveries from the Roman era have been analysed at Elettra with the use of non-destructive imaging techniques to monitor the effectiveness of treatment with polyethylene glycol used for reinforcing the deteriorated cell walls and replacing residual water with a suitable substitute.

Invisible marking of antique coinage

Invisible marking of antique coinage
Elettra has developed a technique that allows antique coins to be catalogued by means of fluorescent mark stamped upon a strip of special material tens of nanometres thick and visible only under ultraviolet light.