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Special Issue "Selected Papers from TechnoHeritage 2017"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Piero Baglioni

Consorzio per lo Sviluppo dei Sistemi a Grande Interfase, via della Lastruccia 3, 50019, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
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Interests: cleaning and deacidification methods; conservation of cultural heritage; nanomaterials and nano tools for conservators; restauration and preservation of art; techniques for consolidation of artifacts
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. María J. Mosquera

Departamento de Química-Física, Facultad de Ciencias, University of Cadiz, 11510 Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain
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Phone: +34956016331
Interests: nanostructured materials; surfactant-synthesized materials; sol-gel route; hydrophobic and superhydrophobic coatings; photoactive coatings with self-cleaning properties; consolidant materials; application on building materials

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

The international congress TechoHeritage 2017 was held in Cadiz, Spain, 21–24 May, 2017, and was an interdisciplinary and international forum for the discussion of all aspects of cultural heritage conservation. A high-quality scientific program, with special emphasis in conservation materials based on nanotechnology and other innovative process, was developed. A Special Issue, with selected papers from TechnoHeritage 2017, will be published in Materials. Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

  • Products and techniques for cleaning
  • Products and techniques for consolidating
  • Hydrophobic, superhydrophobic and omniphobic products
  • Anticorrosion products and electrochemical process
  • Self-cleaning and anti-graffiti agents
  • Depolluting products
  • Biocides
  • Multipurpose products

Prof. Dr. Piero Baglioni
Prof. Dr. María J. Mosquera
Guest Editors

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  • Cultural Heritage Conservation
  • Nanomaterials
  • Cleaning
  • Consolidants
  • Hydrophobicity
  • Anticorrosion
  • Self-cleaning
  • Anti-graffiti
  • Biocides
  • Depolluting

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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Photocatalytic Nanocomposites for the Protection of European Architectural Heritage
Materials 2018, 11(1), 65; doi:10.3390/ma11010065
Received: 19 December 2017 / Revised: 29 December 2017 / Accepted: 2 January 2018 / Published: 3 January 2018
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In the field of stone protection, the introduction of inorganic nanoparticles, such as TiO2, ZnO, and Ag in polymeric blends can enhance the protective action of pristine treatments, as well as confer additional properties (photocatalytic, antifouling, and antibacterial). In the framework
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In the field of stone protection, the introduction of inorganic nanoparticles, such as TiO2, ZnO, and Ag in polymeric blends can enhance the protective action of pristine treatments, as well as confer additional properties (photocatalytic, antifouling, and antibacterial). In the framework of the “Nano-Cathedral” European project, nanostructured photocatalytic protective treatments were formulated by using different TiO2 nanoparticles, solvents, and silane/siloxane systems in the blends. The results about the characterization and application of two promising nano-TiO2 based products applied on Apuan marble and Ajarte limestone are here reported, aiming at investigating the complex system “treatment/stone-substrate”. The nanocomposites show better performances when compared to a commercial reference siloxane based protective treatment, resulting in different performances once applied on different carbonatic substrates, with very low and high open porosity, confirming the necessity of correlating precisely the characteristics of the stone material to those of the protective formulations. In particular, the TiO2 photocatalytic behavior is strictly linked to the amount of available nanoparticles and to the active surface area. The alkyl silane oligomers of the water-based formulation have a good penetration into the microstructure of Ajarte limestone, whereas the solvent-based and small size monomeric formulation shows better results for Apuan marble, granting a good coverage of the pores. The encouraging results obtained so far in lab will be confirmed by monitoring tests aiming at assessing the effectiveness of the treatments applied in pilot sites of historical Gothic Cathedrals. Full article
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