Examples of IPERION HS projects at our laboratory

Collaboration with the Library of Congress (Washington, DC, USA), where we are conducting a study of the properties of 50 paper samples from 1800-1990 to better understand the processes of decomposition.

Collaboration with the Munch Museum (Oslo, Norway), to research the materials in six of Munch’s paintings and to study the materials left in the artist’s studio.

Collaboration with the University of St Andrews, Scotland, on the investigation and understanding of Andean knotted cords (khipu). Project coordinator Lucrezia Milillo.

Khipus are colourful knotted cords used as writing in the Andes for fourteen centuries before, during and after the Inka Empire. Our Lab will be involved in characterisation of inorganic and organic components to reveal information about the lignin in the Agavoideae fibres in contrast to the cotton fibres. The spectroscopic imaging investigation of the cross sections of the (suspected) Agavoideae fibres will add significantly to the characterisation of these previously unstudied fibres. FTIR, Raman, and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS), will be utilised to obtain information about colouring complexes, in particular the inorganic auxiliaries and the organic dyes.

Photo by Beatrice Törnros / Världskulturmuseerna

Photo by Beatrice Törnros / Världskulturmuseerna

Collaboration with the Mask Museum, Belgium; project coordinator Aline Huybrechts.

REMIXIS project focuses on the analysis of a pre-Columbian mask held in the collections of the Mask Museum (Binche, Belgium). Our Lab will be involved in characterisation of the green tesserae located on the forehead, the nose and under the ocular cavities of the mask by micro Raman spectroscopy to provide molecular analysis of the minerals (possibly turquoises). Furthermore, micro FTIR will be used to characterise the adhesive layer, containing organic components.

Photo by Olivier Desart for the Mask Museum

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