Special Issue "Application of Biosensor Technology to Cultural Heritage"


A special issue of Biosensors (ISSN 2079-6374).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Luigi Campanella
Environment, Cultural Heritage and Analytical Chemistry, University of Rome La Sapienza, Vecchio Edificio Chimica, P.le Aldo Moro, 5-00185-Roma, Italy
Interests: respirometric sensors; toxicity biosensors; environmental biosensors; monitoring biosensors; array of biosensors; multiprobe; electronic nose

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biosensors were successfully applied to many fields from environment to medicine, from foods to pharmaceuticals but their characteristics seem also well suitable for the control of the conditions and of the damage suffered by cultural heritage materials. For many years in this field the attention was more paid to inorganic pollutants but more recently organics ones were carefully considered as being related to them risks and damages for cultural heritage, expecially pictoric and cellulosic one. This kind of compounds according to scientific literature has been often determined by suitable biosensors. Ageing too can be responsible for damages and alterations. On the other hand the modifications suffered by the damaged artefacts can be related to the modified responses of suitable biosensor comparing to references. There is also the problem recently raised of the safety of restorers because of the toxicity of the products they use, that suggests also the monitoring of the environment around them; this opens all the field of environmental biosensor applied to restoration officines.

The aim of the issue is to give researchers the opportunity to come in contact each other by the papers of the issue so allowing this technology to find a promising new field of application and to our cultural heritage protecting and conserving systems to exploit a promising new technique.

Prof. Dr. Luigi Campanella
Guest Editor


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  • cultural heritage
  • monitoring
  • restoration
  • ageing
  • stone
  • materials
  • cellulosic materials
  • pigments
  • metals

Published Papers

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Last update: 25 September 2012

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