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Use of aluminium alkoxide and oxazolidine II to treat acid-deteriorated historic leather

Lama, A., Antunes, A. P. M., Covington, A. D., Guthrie-Strachan, J. and Fletcher, Y. (2015) Use of aluminium alkoxide and oxazolidine II to treat acid-deteriorated historic leather. Journal of the Institute of Conservation. 38(2), pp. 172-187. 1945-5224.

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Abstract: This study was undertaken to develop a product that will potentially delay the progress of deterioration of acid-deteriorated historic leather. Acid-deteriorated leather samples were treated with a new formulation consisting of aluminium di(isopropoxide) acetoacetate ester chelate (aluminium alkoxide) and 5-ethyl-1-aza-3,7-dioxabicyclo[3.3.0]octane (oxazolidine II). The leather samples were also treated with oxazolidine II and aluminium alkoxide separately to compare the effectiveness of these reagents against the new formulation. Untreated leather samples were used as a negative control. Acid-deteriorated leather samples treated with Cellugel®, aluminium alkoxide and the new formulation along with corresponding untreated leather samples were also subjected to accelerated ageing in order to investigate the longevity of the treated leather. The impact of the treatments and accelerated ageing was determined by measuring the hydrothermal stability of the leather and pH of the aqueous extract. The formulation showed a potential to provide the acid-deteriorated historic leather with long-term protection against an artificially-created acidic environment.
Additional Information: A pre-publication version of this article was made available electronically by the publisher on 21 September 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: Leather, conservation, acid deterioration, red rot, artificial ageing, shrinkage temperature
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS967 Chemistry and science of leather
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology > CC135 Preservation, restoration, and conservation of antiquities
T Technology > TS Manufactures > TS965 Leather technology
Creators: Lama, Anne, Antunes, A Paula M, Covington, Anthony D, Guthrie-Strachan, Jeffry and Fletcher, Yvette
Funders or Sponsors: KTP
Publisher: Routledge
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Group > Institute for Creative Leather Technologies
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > School of Science and Technology (2010-2016)
Research Institutes > Institute for Creative Leather Technologies
Date: 21 September 2015
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 172-187
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Institute of Conservation
Volume: 38
Number: 2
Language: English
ISSN: 1945-5224
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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