Raman spectroscopy is a versatile analytical technique which allows the detection of different molecules analysing the vibrational modes. As a matter of facts, the vibrational frequencies are typical of a specific chemical bond or of a structural symmetry. In this study, the Raman technique is used for the determination of iron corrosion products, mainly oxides and hydroxides. Metallic artefacts buried in soil are affected, in dependence of their electrochemical nobility, by corrosion phenomena of various entities, which partially modify their chemical composition and their structure. The process may occur both during burial time and after the extraction from the archaeological site, implying the potential loss of information about the metallurgical technology and structure of the object. The study of the corrosion phenomena allows to propose tailored strategies for the restoration and conservation of the artefacts, especially in view of the storage of the artefacts in a museum. This study validates the use of the Raman technique for this purpose, showing its efficiency in the identification of the iron corrosion products in favourable conditions for the analysis of Cultural Heritage artefacts, as the possibility of performing in situ analysis without the need of a previous sample preparation.

Raman spectroscopic characterization of corrosion products of archaeological iron / Vietti, A; Angelini, E; Grassini, S; Donato, N. - In: JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. CONFERENCE SERIES. - ISSN 1742-6588. - 2204:1(2022), p. 012066. [10.1088/1742-6596/2204/1/012066]

Raman spectroscopic characterization of corrosion products of archaeological iron

A Vietti;E Angelini;S Grassini;
2022

Abstract

Raman spectroscopy is a versatile analytical technique which allows the detection of different molecules analysing the vibrational modes. As a matter of facts, the vibrational frequencies are typical of a specific chemical bond or of a structural symmetry. In this study, the Raman technique is used for the determination of iron corrosion products, mainly oxides and hydroxides. Metallic artefacts buried in soil are affected, in dependence of their electrochemical nobility, by corrosion phenomena of various entities, which partially modify their chemical composition and their structure. The process may occur both during burial time and after the extraction from the archaeological site, implying the potential loss of information about the metallurgical technology and structure of the object. The study of the corrosion phenomena allows to propose tailored strategies for the restoration and conservation of the artefacts, especially in view of the storage of the artefacts in a museum. This study validates the use of the Raman technique for this purpose, showing its efficiency in the identification of the iron corrosion products in favourable conditions for the analysis of Cultural Heritage artefacts, as the possibility of performing in situ analysis without the need of a previous sample preparation.
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