A method of conserving ancient iron artefacts retrieved from shipwrecks using a combination of silane self-assembled monolayers and wax coating

A method of conserving ancient iron artefacts retrieved from shipwrecks using a combination of silane self-assembled monolayers and wax coating

By: Ashkenazi D., Nusbaum I., Shacham-Diamand Y., Cvikel D., Kahanov Y., Inberg A.
Published in: Corrosion Science
SDGs : SDG 14  |  Units: Marine Sciences  | Time: 2017 |  Link
Description: Iron artefacts corrode severely in a marine environment, and require further conservation after retrieval. This research proposes a novel conservation method, based on a bi-layered concept: a thin silane self-assembled monolayer serving as nano-scale barrier, covered by a thicker waxlayer, which is applied by dipping the object into a suitable solution. An accelerated corrosion test was performed, using modern cast iron and steel samples, and repeated on archaeological wrought iron artefacts retrieved from shipwrecks. This protection, which can be easily applied, was found to improve the corrosion resistance of the artefacts. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd

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