TITLE

Physical and chemical investigations on natural dyes

AUTHOR(S)
Acquaviva, S.; D'Anna, E.; De Giorgi, M. L.; Della Patria, A.; Baraldi, P.
PUB. DATE
August 2010
SOURCE
Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing;Aug2010, Vol. 100 Issue 3, p823
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Natural dyes have been used extensively in the past for many purposes, such us to colour fibers and to produce inks, watercolours and paints, but their use declined rapidly after the discovery of synthetic colours. Nowadays we witness a renewed interest, as natural dyes are neither toxic nor polluting. In this work, physical and chemical properties of four selected dyes, namely red (Madder), yellow (Weld and Turmeric) and blue (Woad) colours, produced by means of traditional techniques at the Museo dei Colori Naturali (Lamoli, Italy), have been investigated. The chromatic properties have been studied through the reflectance spectroscopy, a non-invasive technique for the characterisation of chromaticity. Reflection spectra both from powders and egg-yolk tempera models have been acquired to provide the typical features of the dyes in the UV-vis spectral range. Moreover, to assess the feasibility of laser cleaning procedures, tempera layers were investigated after irradiation with an excimer laser. Micro Raman spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Energy Dispersive X-Ray analyses have complemented the survey, returning compositional and morphological information as well. Efforts have been made to give scientific feedback to the production processes and to support the research activity in the restoration of the artworks where these dyes were employed.
ACCESSION #
53076445

 

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