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Title: Multiscale approach in the assessment of nanocellulose-based materials as consolidants for painting canvases
Author: Bridarolli, Alexandra
ISNI:       0000 0004 8506 7019
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2020
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This thesis investigates mainly the use of nanocellulose-based treatment for the consolidation of degraded cotton canvases of modern paintings and includes within this some case studies on linen canvases (sized and unsized) and 19th cent. historical samples from paintings. It. uses a multi-scale analytical approach where primarily controlled relative humidity dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA-RH) was used to evaluate the effect of the novel nanocellulose based preparations. It aims at quantifying the advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of their application. Initially, the baseline viscoelastic response to RH variations of a degraded cotton canvas was measured by DMA-RH. This technique was used further together with SEM to assess morphologically and mechanically 6 traditional consolidants including natural such as animal glue and synthetic materials. Following the same protocol, two solutions of nanocellulose-based consolidants developed in the frame of the Nanorestart project were assessed. These materials consisted of nanocellulose dispersions in water or water/ethanol and nanocomposites of nanocellulose-reinforced cellulose derivatives in polar/apolar solvents. Overall, higher consolidation at lower weight added was measured for the nanocellulose-based treatments tested when compared to the traditional consolidants. The penetration of the consolidant in the canvas also shows to greatly differ between treatments with the nanocellulose showing low penetration. Higher mechanical response to RH was also measured after treatment in particular with the water-based treatment. The results demonstrate how the adhesion, measured here at the nanoscale, and consolidant penetration into the canvas are dominant factors for the development of consolidation treatment for painting canvases. The assessment of the novel consolidants was finally carried out on historical canvases. Most treatments show to perform well on historical paintings in terms of handling properties, penetration and surface appearance and consolidation. Preliminary time-resolved neutron radiography with new purpose built sample chamber and RH controller provided visual information on time-dependent moisture response of the samples.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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