Röntgenbestrahlung zur Desinfektion von cellulose-/papierhaltigen Archiv- und Kulturgütern

Disinfecting paper-based cultural heritage objects using gamma rays is not recommended on account of its destructive effect on cellulose.

Factsheet

  • Lead department Bern University of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Materiality in Art and Culture 
  • Research unit Material analyses
  • BFH centre BFH Centre for Arts in Context
  • Funding organisation Innosuisse
  • Duration 01.03.2017 - 30.11.2018
  • Project management Sebastian Dobrusskin
  • Head of project Sebastian Dobrusskin

Course of action

Empirical observations indicate that hard X-ray radiation is less destructive to cellulose. The aim of this project is to determine if, and under what conditions, X-ray radiation might be an appropriate method to disinfect paper-based cultural artefacts. To this end, the dose of X-ray radiation will be reduced to a minimum, and its effect on moulds and its degrading impact on cellulose will be examined.