Nanomaterials for conservation of artistic stones: Performance and removal tests by laser cleaning

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In this work, nanomaterials were used as consolidants and protective layers for artistic stones. Synthetized nanocomposites were applied on marble and their performances as protective and water repellent coating were characterized. For the preparation of the novel nanocomposites, SiO2and TiO2nanoparticles were synthesized by laser pyrolysis and were dispersed in acrylic polymer and silicon-based resin. To evaluate the retreatability of water repellent treatments, the capability of laser to remove protective layers was explored. Laser cleaning tests with different working parameters have been carried out to optimize the effectiveness of the process. The effects of laser treatments on stone surfaces and on the applied nanocomposites were estimated by using confocal optical microscopy and Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225 - 233
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nano Research
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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