Strlic, M and Thomas, J and Trafela, T and Csefalvayova, L and Cigic, IK and Kolar, J and Cassar, M (2009) Material Degradomics: On the Smell of Old Books. ANAL CHEM , 81 (20) 8617 - 8622. 10.1021/ac9016049.
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We successfully transferred and applied -omics concepts to the study of material degradation, in particular historic paper. The main volatile degradation products of paper, constituting the particular "smell of old books", were determined using headspace analysis after a 24 h pre-degradation procedure. Using supervised and unsupervised methods of multivatiate data analysis, we were able to quantitatively correlate volatile degradation products with properties important for the preservation of historic paper: rosin, lignin and carbonyl group content, degree of polymerization of cellulose, and paper acidity. On the basis of volatile degradic footprinting, we identified degradation markers for rosin and lignin in paper and investigated their effect on degradation. Apart from the known volatile paper degradation products acetic acid and furfural, we also put forward a number of other compounds of potential interest, most notably lipid peroxidation products. The nondestructive approach can be used for rapid identification of degraded historic objects on the basis of the volatile degradation products emitted by degrading paper.
|Title:||Material Degradomics: On the Smell of Old Books|
|Keywords:||CHROMATOGRAPHY/MASS SPECTROMETRY, GAS-CHROMATOGRAPHY, BOARD PRODUCTS, PAPER, METABOLOMICS, REGRESSION, SAMPLES, LIGNIN|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School > Bartlett School of Graduate Studies|
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