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COST D42 "Chemical Interactions between Cultural Artefacts and Indoor Environment"

invites you to attend


NIR/Chemometrics for Cultural Heritage
An Introduction and Overview of Applications


to take place in
Ljubljana, Slovenia
November 14th, 2008


We thank you for the high interest in this workshop and regret to inform you that we cannot take further registrations as the workshop is full.

Near infrared spectroscopy (NIR) is an exciting tool that has recently found its way to heritage science due to the use of advanced statistical methods of spectral analysis. NIR spectra are  highly complex and extraction of qualitative and quantitative information is usually only possible using chemometrics. The information we can extract can be qualitative or quantitative. At the workshop, you will first be given an extended theoretical introduction to chemometrics, following which two instrument/software developments will be discussed. A number of quantitative methods have been developed to date, demonstrating the power of NIR for artwork diagnostics: from historical paper and ink on paper, to gelatine, silk and polyamide textiles.
Examples of qualitative artwork analysis will include analysis of a large database of historical papers. The workshop is intended for students, researchers and practitioners. Welcome!

Organised by:
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
with the collaboration of
Centre for Sustainable Heritage, University College London and
Morana RTD d.o.o.