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Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
Volume 2017, Article ID 2372789, 8 pages
Research Article

Newly Developed Nano-Calcium Carbonate and Nano-Calcium Propanoate for the Deacidification of Library and Archival Materials

1Chemistry Department, Istituto Centrale Restauro e Conservazione Patrimonio Archivistico e Librario, Via Milano 76, 00184 Roma, Italy
2Department of Chemistry, Università Tor Vergata, Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133 Roma, Italy
3INUIT Università Tor Vergata, Via dell’Archiginnasio snc, 00133 Roma, Italy

Correspondence should be addressed to Marina Bicchieri; ti.ilarutlucineb@ireihccib.aniram

Received 11 August 2017; Accepted 5 November 2017; Published 26 December 2017

Academic Editor: Jaroon Jakmunee

Copyright © 2017 Marina Bicchieri et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Paper-based cultural heritage objects are subject to natural deterioration due to internal and external factors, that is, the presence of heavy metals, incorrect conservation, humidity, exposure of the artifacts to pollutants, light, and high temperatures. To contrast the decay of the original objects, it is necessary to study and apply innovative specific techniques, set up novel preservation methodologies, and implement or synthesize new products. As the nanomaterial science field developed over the last decades, the usage of nanomaterials in cultural heritage gained a prominent role. Such an excitement for the novel materials opened the path for an uncontrolled transfer of nanoparticles developed for different applications to paper restoration, neglecting all their possible interactions with the support or the graphic media. The aim of this work was to synthesize new nanomaterials expressly conceived for the treatment of library materials. To evaluate their possible insertion in the official conservation treatments that are subjected to validation by Istituto Centrale Restauro e Conservazione Patrimonio Archivistico e Librario, the new nanomaterials were tested both on laboratory paper samples and on original documents. This work presents the results of these studies (some of which still preliminary) stressing the positive and extremely promising outcomes of this research.