The conservation and protection of buildings that constitute our cultural heritage is a complex task calling for a comprehensive knowledge of the historical background of the buildings as well as the construction technologies and materials used. Nanomaterials in Architecture and Art Conservation gives a comprehensive overview of the state of the art of using nanomaterials in conservation sciences, mainly for stone, mortar, and plaster strengthening, but also for the consolidation of wall paintings. The book compiles and details deterioration mechanisms of stone and historical mortars, as well as methods of characterizing and testing consolidation effects. The non- or semidestructive characterization methods that will be presented allow additional measurements to characterize objects before and after any interventions. Besides, general aspects of inorganic consolidants are targeted. The focus, in particular, is the application of nanolime as a new consolidation agent. Basic characteristics and application advices as well as beneficial combinations with other consolidation agents, such as silicic acid esters, are emphasized. What makes this book so special is the large number of practical applications described from the view of different restorers, offering a direct inside view of the procedure for the conservation of historical monuments. Restorers dealing with stone, mortar, and plaster conservation; artists; advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level students of conservation science, art, and nanotechnology; offices for the protection of monuments and heritage agencies; and researchers in materials science, conservation, nanotechnology, and chemistry, especially those with an interest in applied sciences, will find this book a great reference.
- Covers the use of nanolime in different areas of stone, mortar, and plaster conservation, including wall paintings and frescos. Summarizes the application of nanolime as a consolidant alone or in combination with silicic acid esters.
- Gives an excellent and comprehensive overview of the state of the art in conservation by using inorganic components and, especially, nanolime dispersions.
- Summarizes historical substrate characterization and modeling.
- Includes contributions from scientists as well as restorers and summarizes fundamental aspects of nanolime dispersions as well as their application for the conservation of different historical monuments.
- Is illustrated throughout with excellent figures and references to accompany each section.
The book will be of particular interest to restorers dealing with stone, mortar, and plaster conservation; artists; advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level students of conservation science, art, and nanotechnology; offices for the protection of monuments and heritage agencies; researchers in materials science, conservation, nanotechnology, and chemistry, especially those with an interest in applied sciences.