Biosensors meet Cultural Heritage Field: The Future meet The Past

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2020) | Viewed by 324

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Dear Colleagues,

Optical/electrochemical sensors can be used in conservation science as an analytical approach in the diagnostic procedures of artworks, to understand the composition of artworks and, eventually, the products due to chemical alterations and/or degradation. At the same time, they can be applied as restorative/conservation methods in order to preserve the original state of artworks. A multidisciplinary team (i.e., art historians, archaeologists, curators, conservators, analytical scientists, and other specialists at a basic research level) should be involved in this approach. Electrochemical/optical methods can also be used for the monitoring of the composition of the environment surrounding monuments or objects preserved in museums, or stores, due to great advantages in terms of effectiveness, costs, sensitivity, and ease of usage. Great improvements in the sensor technology and applicability have been obtained in recent years. However, the use of sensors, in particular bioreceptors (in this case obtaining biosensors) in cultural heritage fields, is poorly emphasized, even if many of these biosensors are suitable for characterizing several important materials used in cultural heritage such as paper, paintings, textiles, metals, or glass. These analytical tools are potentially important for developing portable and non-invasive diagnostic methods for monitoring the health state of artefacts.

The aim of this Special Issue is to explore and explain the numerous opportunities and advantages of using biosensors in the cultural heritage field.

Prof. Laura Micheli
Dr. Claudia Mazzuca
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