*)N.B. if there are students who do not speak Portuguese the language is English.
Get a comprehensive overview of techniques and scientific methods currently available and their use in studies of characterization and diagnosis of problems that arise related to cultural heritage. Learning how to make decisions about actions to be taken for effective safeguarding of cultural heritage. Knowing new developments in scientific research relevant to this field. Acquiring competences in analysis and synthesis, in organization and planning, in interdisciplinary team work, in oral and written communication.
Review of scientific techniques currently used for the study of materials used in cultural goods: 1. Elemental Analysis - atomic spectroscopy and spectrometry, X-ray fluorescence, neutron activation analysis, particle induced X-ray emission 2. Molecular and Structural Analysis - mass spectrometry, biomolecular methods, Raman spectroscopy, thermal analysis, UV-VIS-NIR, FTIR and FORS spectroscopies 3. Electronic microscopy and micro-probe analysis 4. Isotopic analysis - radiocarbon dating 5. Petrography 6. Sedimentology 7. Handling data and statistical analysis 8. Spectrocolorimetry and hyper-spectral images Problems associated with the degradation of cultural heritage and the following approaches to solve them. The latest developments in scientific research applied to cultural goods.
Generic skills to reach
. Competence in analysis and synthesis; . Competence in organization and planning; . Competence in information management; . Competence to solve problems; . Competence in working in interdisciplinary teams; . Competence in oral and written communication; . Competence in understanding the language of other specialists; . Competence in autonomous learning; . Sustainable development concerns; . Research skills; (by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
total of teaching hours
Sseminar or study visit
Laboratory or field work
Synthesis work thesis
Bibliography of reference
Modern Analytical Methods in Art and Archaeology, Ed. Enrico Ciliberto and Giuseppe Spoto. Chemical Analysis Series, vol. 155, John & Wiley Sons, Inc, 2000. Understanding Materials Science - history, properties, applications Rolf E. Hummel Springer, 1998 Concise Encyclopedia of Materials Characterisation R.W.Cahn, E.Lifshin Pergamon, 1993 A Guide to Materials Characterization and Chemical Analysis J.P.Sibilia Wiley, 1996 Environmental microscopy in stone conservation Sudeep M. Rao, C. Jeffrey Brinker, Timothy. J. Ross. Scanning. Volume 18, Issue 7, pages 508?514, October 1996 Stone Conservation. An Overview of Current Research Second Edition Eric Doehne and Clifford A. Price Research in conservation. The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles 2010 Techniques in Sedimentology M. E. Tucker (Editor) Wiley-Blackwell 1991
Teaching model fundamentally theoretical and practical, combining in a balanced way theoretical presentations, presentation and discussion of concrete case studies, visits to research laboratories and execution of some experiments and their analysis.