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Application of a non-invasive, non-destructive technique to quantify naphthalene emission rates from museum objects

Portoni, F; Grau-Bové, J; Strlič, M; (2019) Application of a non-invasive, non-destructive technique to quantify naphthalene emission rates from museum objects. Heritage Science , 7 , Article 58. 10.1186/s40494-019-0299-1. Green open access

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Abstract

For the last 30 years, the cultural heritage sector has undertaken research into pesticide residues in museum objects. However, quantitative studies of volatile residues remain scarce. This research presents an active air sampling meth‑ odology to obtain qualitative and quantitative data for naphthalene as the most common pesticide found in the sampled objects. The sampling procedure comprises of placing contaminated objects inside a sampling chamber ftted with a sorbent tube flled with TENAX, then connected via tubing to a calibrated sampling pump. The sample is desorbed and analysed using automated thermal desorption (ATD) paired with gas chromatography-mass spec‑ trometry (GCMS). The obtained information allows the calculation of emission rates and modelling of emissions in common museum situations such as inside a box, cabinet or display case. This information informs decision-making regarding ventilation in storage areas and health and safety implications for museum professionals and other stake‑ holders coming in contact with objects.

Type: Article
Title: Application of a non-invasive, non-destructive technique to quantify naphthalene emission rates from museum objects
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/s40494-019-0299-1
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40494-019-0299-1
Language: English
Additional information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Pesticide contamination, Pesticide sampling, Health and safety, Air quality, Naphthalene
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10080028
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