Methods for degraded book paper analysis and preventive conservation

30th Sept. - 4th Oct. 2013
Prof. Dr. Rodica Ion

1. Degradation processes and exogenous factors (temperature, atmospheric pollutants, light, biological factors, others human interventions) influencing the book and manuscript paper degradation;
2. Specific analytical techniques for degradation evidence (UV- Vis, FTIR, EDXRF, thermal analysis, so on) correlated with the simplest methods: pH, colour, acidity;
3. Chemical degradation of paper supports- evidence and analytical methods for the study of paper supports;
4. Degradation of inks and pigments from book paper with identifying methods for them;
5. Ageing processes of book paper;
6. Stabilizing methods of degraded book paper with inorganic nanomaterials suspensions - chemical preparation and effects on book paper, chemical and mechanical effects;
7. Practical experiments.



President of Scientific Council, ICECHIM, Bucharest; ViceHead of the Analytical Department, ICECHIM, Bucharest; Head of Conservation and Restoration laboratory from ICECHIM, Bucharest.

Full Professor of Nanomaterials and Ph.D. supervisor on Archaeometry at Valahia University, Targoviste, Romania.

Education and qualifications: (B. Sc.) Bucharest Polytechnic Institute, Chemistry Faculty (Romania), 1981; (Master): Magnetism - Bucharest Polytechnic Institut, Chemistry Faculty (Romania), 1982; Photochemistry, University of Bucharest, Chemistry Dept. 1988; Physics of Solid Matter University of Bucharest, Physics Dept. 1989; Analytical Methods for surfaces and films characterization” University of Bucharest, Chemistry Dept. 1995; (Ph. D.): Bucharest University, Chemistry Faculty (Romania), 1995; (Post-Doc): University Management Fellowship Bucharest-2010; Quality management, Bucharest, 2004; Quality Internal auditor, Bucharest, 2008. Invited professor: Pierre&Marie Curie University, Paris, France; Oxford University; Physical-Chemistry Institute, Lisbon University.

Major fields of research interest: Cultural Heritage: studies of chemical composition and degradation processes of artefacts of archaeological and historic interest; study and development of innovative conservation strategies. Molecular photophysics, laser interactions with materials and related applications for material processing. Teaching activity in some graduation, post-graduation and Ph.D. courses: a) Physical Methods for the Cultural Heritage (teaching non destructive methods for the study of work of art); b) Archaeometry at the first year of the doctoral stage and second year of the master course in Applied Science for Cultural Heritage (advanced methods for the characterization of material). Laser applications in culture heritage, Laser analysis of metallic, stones, ceramics, textiles artifacts). Laser applications in biology.

Accommodation during the course is either within the building (guesthouse) or in a close hotel (hotel conditions) and is included in the price. The guesthouse offers a kitchen where participants can prepare own meals and the close connection to the venue is of advantage, but there is no TV and no telephone in the rooms. The hotel is 5 minutes to walk from the venue, but provides all facilities a hotel normally got.

In case you wish for a hotel room, please contact Mrs. Wieland immediately after your registration: wieland(at) (

For any questions concerning invoices or financial affairs also Mrs. Wieland is happy to assist you.

The course fee including nights from 30
th Sept. to 4th Oct. 2013 (4 nights) in the guesthouse costs 913 Euros. There are room costs and VAT already included.

After application you will be provided with further information.