All art materials are generally prone to degradation. In particular, the 20th century cultural heritage shows short lifetime expectancy due to the introduction of novel materials and techniques. The exposition of contemporary artworks to UV and visible light, also in addition to oxidizing agents, trigger some degradation effects, such as fading, yellowing and discolouration. The result of these degradation mechanisms is the severe and irreversible alteration of the readability of the artworks, which is an inestimable legacy of mankind.
Graphene can be adopted as an anti-fading agent to overcome this problem. This solution is at the heart of the ERC PoC GRAPHENART.
Institute of Chemical Engineering SciencesStadiou Str., Platani GR-26504 Patras, Hellas
The Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICE-HT) was established in 1984, as an Independent Academic Institute (initially under the name Institute of Chemical engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes). In 1987 ICE-HT became one of the founding Institutes of FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas). FORTH comprises six Research Institutes (4 in Heraklion, 1 in Rethymnon, and 1 in Patras) and has been classified in all previous research assessments as "the first Research Centre in the whole of Greece". FORTH reports directly to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. The six Research Institutes of FORTH cooperate creatively as an integrated network for RTD.
During its operation ICE-HT has been developed into a world-leading centre for the advancement of high quality scientific knowledge in the fields of chemical engineering sciences. Currently, ICE-HT runs ca 46 RTD projects in cooperation with numerous industrial enterprises, universities and research institutes from Greece, as well as from other EU-member countries, USA, Japan, etc. These projects are funded by national and EU competitive R&D programs, and also directly by industrial enterprises.