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Exploiting environmentally compatible natural materials for the preservation of cultural heritages, such as a safer, greener material for conserving waterlogged wooden artefacts recovered from Henry VIII’s ship Mary Rose.

Creation and utilization of innovative impregnation methods that are ecologically sound, require a relatively low energy input, and improve the mechanical properties of fast growing softwoods to meet the requirements of higher structural grading classes in current industry specifications.

Related Publications 

Nondestructive optical detection of monomer uptake in wood polymer composites.
A Farina, I Bargigia, E-R Janeček, Z Walsh, C D'Andrea, A Nevin, M Ramage, OA Scherman, A Pifferi – Optics letters (2014) 39, 228
Multifunctional supramolecular polymer networks as next-generation consolidants for archaeological wood conservation.
Z Walsh, E-R Janeček, JT Hodgkinson, J Sedlmair, A Koutsioubas, DR Spring, M Welch, CJ Hirschmugl, C Toprakcioglu, JR Nitschke, M Jones, OA Scherman – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2014) 111, 17743