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Martina Pfenninger: Contemporary natural rubber works of art - drawbacks and opportunities of retroactive stabilization Back
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Abstract: Current thesis deals with the drawbacks and opportunities of retroactive stabilization of contemporary natural rubber works of art. Two substances are applied to the material: Irganox™ 565 solved in 2-Propanon and Irganox™ 1520 solved in 2-Propanol, the latter additionally emulsified in distilled water. The migration of antioxidants into photooxidative degraded natural rubber samples is verified with Fourier-Transform-Infrared- Spectroscopy (FTIR). The effect of delayed oxidation is demonstrated by means of the Oxidation-Induction-Temperature (OIT*). The documentation of changes in the material’s surface is made by both, Light Optical (LOM) and Scanning-Electron-Microscopy (SEM). Methods developed by artists to stabilize natural rubber works of art are mentioned in this thesis. Formulations have also been developed to guarantee a preventive stabilisation during the creation.


  • academic institution: Hochschule der Künste Bern
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Dr. phil.-nat. Stefan Wülfert
  • assistant Tutor:  Dipl. Rest. Andreas Buder
  • date:  2004
  • pages:  182
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