Special Issue "Novel Coatings for Cultural Heritage Protection"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Angela Calia

Guest Editor
CNR-IBAM (Italian National Research Council - Institute for Archaeological Heritage), University Campus, prov .le Lecce Monteroni, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Interests: cultural heritage; stone materials; chemical-mineralogical, petrophysical, and mechanical characterization; archaeometric study; durability and mechanisms of decay; diagnosis and research of correlations between DT and NDT; products and methods for stone conservation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The protection of cultural heritage from the complex of environmental factors affecting surface integrity is one of the main issues in dealing with preservation. In the framework of the sustainable management of cultural heritage, protection is a priority. However, finding solutions complying with basic compatibility, effectiveness, and durability is a great challenge for conservation science, and essential contributions in this regard may arise from cooperation between disciplines in different scientific domains. Recent progress in material science and nanosciences has promoted new research in the conservation field, and novel layers for surface protection, with enhanced functionalities, have been explored. Such coatings have been found to rely on advanced materials, obtained through the application of new synthesis routes and innovative technologies, which include new organic and inorganic products, along with original hybrid systems and nanocomposites that are based on multiple components and often able to address several functions.

This Special Issue aims to focus on developments, trends, and innovations in surface protective coatings for different materials, including stone, brick, and mortar, relevant in cultural heritage, promoted by interdisciplinary research. The topics of interest include but are not limited to coatings targeted for:

Hydrophobic, super-hydrophobic, and water/oil repellent actions;

Biocidal and antifouling functions; and

Self-cleaning, depolluting, and anti-graffiti properties.

You are invited to submit contributions in the form of research papers, communications, or reviews dealing with design, synthesis, and mechanisms of effect of new functional products, coating procedures, and mechanisms of interaction with the substrates, coating properties, performances, and durability issues, with special attention to field assessment and monitoring procedures and methodologies in real conditions. In particular, we encourage the submission of research focusing on tailored preparative and analytical strategies, standardization, and tests for the study of the characteristics and properties of nanoparticle-based coatings, as well as long-run performances and their implications for the durability and safety of nanostructured material surfaces.

Dr. Angela Calia
Dr. Maria Lucia Curri
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • cultural heritage
  • surface protection coating
  • advanced coating materials
  • organic, inorganic and hybrid functional products
  • nanomaterials and nanocomposites

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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