Work package 4

Work package Leader: CNR-DSCTM   

Work package title: Protection of surfaces

Month(s): 1-33


The basic idea is to develop polyfunctional (multilayer and composite) protective systems, which go beyond the commonly used traditional protection systems based on the use of passive coatings and barriers to prevent interaction with pollutants and atmospheric agents. This will be achieved by combining “active” and “passive” protective systems. The “active” systems developed in the Task 4.1 will be based on green polymeric transparent matrices functionalised by embedding of nanomaterials to confer specific properties to the surface of metal and/or plastic artifacts. This layer will be protected by an outermost and easily removable film, which will be achieved through specific chemical moieties that make them sensitive to external stimuli and facilitate layer removal. A “passive” protective system with better gas barrier properties than the current best practice will be developed in Task 4.2 and processed at a low temperature, wet and easily deployable spray coater. The new “active” and “passive” protective layers will be combined in Task 3.3 to design a strongly protective multilayer structure adapted to the contemporary artwork surface (metal and/or plastic) to provide reliable and long-lasting protection. In Task 4.3, the function and cost/benefit of “passive” and “active” protective layers will be assessed after deposition on artwork surfaces (two case-studies on metals and plastic materials, including some very unstable rapid prototyping materials currently entering heritage collections). When necessary, the cleaning tools developed in WP 2 can be employed to efficiently clean the surface to be treated with the polyfunctional “active” and “passive” protective layers to improve the adhesion and the performances of the coating. Moreover, the same cleaning tools can be used to remove the protective barrier, making fully reversible the process.


Task 4.1 – Active protective layers
Task 4.2 – Passive protective layers
Task 4.3 – Assessment and validation of the new surface protection formulations


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