Special Issue "Application of the Latest Progress in Materials Science and Nanotechnologies in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage Artefacts"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Jiri Rathousky
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Guest Editor
J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Doleskova 2155/3, 18223 Prague 8, Czech Republic
Interests: nanomaterials and nanotechnologies for heritage conservation; microemulsion cleaning agents; nanostructured stone consolidants; long-term preventive protection of heritage artefacts; protection against biodeterioration in an ecological context; photocatalysis for heritage conservation; heritage conservation and the protection of the environment

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Recent years have witnessed fascinating developments in various fields of materials science and the step-by-step transformation of scientific progress into novel technologies, which as a rule exhibit not only a substantially enhanced performance but are also friendly towards human health and the environment. The field of heritage conservation, with all its traditionalism and multidisciplinarity, also profited from this development. However, the specific features of this field have led to a considerable scattering of the literary sources and a lack of mutual information between all the relevant subjects.
This Special Issue should help to overcome these problems. It provides an opportunity to create a compendium of the novel methods, which will not only boost further scientific progress but also provide restorers and artists with a useful literary overview. It is focused on advanced solutions to fundamental conservation problems, the perceptions of which are often far ahead of their solutions.

I cordially invite you to submit your contribution to this issue, whose topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Cleaning, which is efficient, selective, as well as considerate, to the treated artifact
  • Consolidation of a range of materials
  • Long term preventive protection
  • Protection against biodeterioration in an ecological context
  • Methods suitable for heritage conservation in areas with extreme atmospheric conditions
  • How to face climate change
  • Heritage conservation and the protection of the environment.

Dr. Jiri Rathousky
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Heritage conservation
  • Materials science
  • Novel technologies
  • Multidisciplinarity

Published Papers

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