Outreach: chemistry and art, IR spectroscopy

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Chemistry can be used to conserve precious artworks. Analytical techniques like FTIR can reveal differences which can’t be seen with the naked eye.

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Chemistry can be used to conserve precious artworks. Analytical techniques like FTIR can reveal differences which can’t be seen with the naked eye.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Chemistry can be used to conserve precious artworks. Analytical techniques like FTIR can reveal differences which can’t be seen with the naked eye.

This resource shows the IR spectrum for different blue dyes that can be used to date and identify fakes.
This is a nice introduction resource to the use of spectroscopy in industry.
Please look up Specroscopy in a Suitcase to learn more and get access to FTIR equipment.

This activity was demonstrated by the RSC at the Big Bang Fair 2014, and is a featured resource in our autumn 2015 'Get colourful with chemistry' theme.