Scanning in Diagnostics and Novel Solutions for the Protection of Built Heritage

Publishing date
01 May 2019
Submission deadline
28 Dec 2018

1National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece

2Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy

3Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain

Scanning in Diagnostics and Novel Solutions for the Protection of Built Heritage


The protection both of historical constructions and of modern infrastructure requires scientific support for the materials characterization and the assessment of environmental loads, during the development of appropriate intervention strategies. In the most recent years, the climatic change effect has pointed out the need to increase our knowledge on the behavior of both traditional and contemporary building materials, such as stones, bricks, mortars, concrete, earthen materials, and metal elements, in order to provide sustainable solutions. Conventional and new intervention materials and methods need to be evaluated and monitored in terms of effectiveness and compatibility.

This special issue aims to increase our knowledge regarding the use of scanning microscopy as a valuable analytical and versatile method in the study of building materials. All aspects of the application of scanning microscopy, such as SEM-EDX, TEM/STEM, SPM, AFM, MFMs, and 3D microscopy are to be embraced. High quality research articles addressing cutting-edge issues are particularly welcome.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Subsurface characterization of construction materials using various scanning microscopy techniques
  • Degradation processes of outdoor building materials
  • Novel materials and methods for the protection of built heritage
  • Repair materials and methods for concrete, stone, lime and cement-based mortars, and so forth
  • Assessment criteria for the evaluation of intervention techniques (cleaning, consolidation, and protection)
  • In situ and noninvasive analysis
  • Multiscaled methodologies and multidimensional monitoring during conservation and restoration projects


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 8190548
  • - Editorial

Scanning in Diagnostics and Novel Solutions for the Protection of Built Heritage

Antonia Moropoulou | Elisabetta Zendri | ... | George Fourlaris
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 3578083
  • - Research Article

Characterization of Roman and Arabic Mural Paintings of the Archaeological Site of Cercadilla (Cordoba, Spain)

Andrea Gil-Torrano | Auxiliadora Gómez-Morón | ... | Pilar Ortiz
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 4870695
  • - Research Article

Novel TEM Microscopy and Electron Diffraction Techniques to Characterize Cultural Heritage Materials: From Ancient Greek Artefacts to Maya Mural Paintings

Stavros Nicolopoulos | Partha P. Das | ... | Edgar F. Rauch
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 2852804
  • - Research Article

Multidisciplinary Approach Applied to the Diagnosis of the Facade of the Arciprestal Church of Santa María de Morella (Castellón, Spain)

Livio Ferrazza | María T. Pastor Valls | ... | Pilar Ortiz
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 5376214
  • - Review Article

Scanning Microscopy Techniques as an Assessment Tool of Materials and Interventions for the Protection of Built Cultural Heritage

Antonia Moropoulou | Elisabetta Zendri | ... | Rocío Ortiz
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2019
  • - Article ID 8791010
  • - Research Article

Manufacture and Characterization of Heat-Resistant and Heat-Insulating New Composites Based on Resol Resin–Carbon Fibers–Perlite for the Built Heritage Protection

George Soupionis | Loukas Zoumpoulakis
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 7838502
  • - Research Article

Scanning Mortars to Understand the Past and Plan the Future for the Maintenance of Monuments

Maria Stefanidou | Eleni Pavlidou
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