Stewart, R, Littlejohn, D, Pethrick, R P, Quye, Anita and Tennent, N H (1996) Analytical studies of the degradation of cellulose nitrate plastics in museums. American Chemical Society Polymer preprints, 37 (2). pp. 168-169. ISSN 0032-3934

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This paper discusses a project which is examining the degradation of cellulose nitrate artefacts. Several analytical techniques including Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and ion chromatography have been used to investigate the degradation processes occurring and the various factors influencing the rate of degradation. Accelerated ageing of cellulose nitrate has indicated that residual sulphate in the plastics is a cause of increased degradation. The influence of inorganic fillers, iron and humidity has also been studied.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cellulose acetate; Museum artefacts; Degradation; Conservation
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Theme: Collections & collecting
Department: Conservation and Analytical Research
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2019 16:47
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2019 16:47

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