Fellowship & Grant details

Fellowship posted by Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (22/02/2013 03.07)

Investigation on tin-mercury amalgam mirrors: inhibition of degradation systems and restoration methods

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The project is aimed to study the degradation processes of the tin amalgam layer of ancient XVI- XIX century mirrors with the goal of the development of systems of inhibition of the degradation and the testing of new restoration practices for the reintegration of gaps of ancient damaged artifacts, in accordance with the laws of compatibility, recognizable and reversibility of the restoration. The applicative results could be used by restorers and museum technicians as new conservation and restoration techniques of these artworks.

The project contemplates first the critical study of the limited available scientific literature and ancient recipes and then the analysis of glass and reflective layers of different aged mirrors, by analytical techniques such as XRF, XRD, SEM-EDS and EPMA-WDS, aimed to the artificial degradation of samples, as well as to the development of new methods of restoration and inhibition of mercury release.

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Research Fields

Chemistry - Applied chemistry

Eligibility criteria

CV and interview

Selection process

CV and interview

Programme Description
Number of awards per year1
Annual budget24000
Frequency of callsannuale
International mobility required ?no
Eligible destination country/ies for fellowsItaly
Eligibility of fellows: country/ies of residenceAll
Eligibility of fellows: nationality/iesAll
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Fellowship's Details
Career StageEarly stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
Research ProfilesNot defined
Employment contract with full social securityno
Total amount per fellowship per year20256
Covers salaryyes
Covers travel and subsistenceyes
Covers research costsyes
Maximum duration of fellowship12
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Funding organisation / Contacts
Università Cà Foscari Venezia

Public research
Venezia - Italy