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Princeton researchers find marble preservative in human bones
17 Mar 2017 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Researchers at Princeton University have created a marble preservative using hydroxyapatite, a calcium compound found in human bones and teeth
Researchers at Princeton University have developed a low cost treatment to preserve marble.

The research, led by George Scherer and Enrico Sassoni at Princeton University, found that hydroxyapatite, a calcium compound found in bones and teeth, could preserve marble artworks from the effects of time and environmental exposure.

The treatment consists of calcite and a salt water solution that reacts with marble to create the hydroxyapatite.

When applied, the solution absorbs into the marble and binds cracks in the surface making the marble stronger and more resistant to environmental elements that cause deterioration.

Scherer’s laboratory has been researching the preservative potential of hydroxyapatite for a number of years as it is non-toxic and fast-acting.

Sassoni, a visiting postdoctoral research associate from the University of Bologna, said: “Compared to other approaches, our method has the advantage of being based on a nontoxic solvent (water), that is able to penetrate deep inside marble cracks, and reacts in just 24 hours.”

Scherer, the William L. Knapp '47 professor of Civil Engineering at Princeton, said that the hydroxyapatite treatment acts as a glue, he said: "You want to put something into those boundaries to strengthen and hold it together, and that's what the treatment does well."

Additional testing to see whether the compound is strengthened with the application of electrical currents and alcohol is currently being carried out.
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IAAPA 2017 Exclusive: Frontgrid announces two new product launches
16 Nov 2017 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Frontgrid has announced the launch of two new products based on its world-first Paradrop VR attraction at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida.
IAAPA 2017 Exclusive: 7thSense Design to open new Orlando office
16 Nov 2017 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
High-performance media specialist 7thSense Design has announced that it will open a new office based in Orlando, Florida, in addition to its current offices in Sussex, UK, and Michigan, US.
Outdoor play brand Timbalaya seals first franchise deal with Kuwaiti firm
15 Nov 2017 . BY Alice Davis
Timbalaya, the story-led adventure play IP, has announced its first project will be in Kuwait.
IAAPA 2017: Triotech and Ubisoft announce plans for Assassin's Creed VR maze
15 Nov 2017 . BY Tom Anstey
Triotech has announced a major partnership with Ubisoft, with plans to create a virtual reality maze based on the Assassin’s Creed IP.
Final opportunity to enter the Gold Standard Fitness Awards 2018
15 Nov 2017 . BY Dean Fox
Optimum Nutrition is proud to announce that the Gold Standard Fitness Awards returns for 2017 to acknowledge the outstanding work of fitness professionals across the UK.
Stay ahead of the game with SPATEX 2018
10 Nov 2017 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
In this fast moving, trend-led industry, to stay relevant, health clubs need to keep ahead. SPATEX 2018 is here to help you do just that.
MoveGB expands across London
10 Nov 2017 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
MoveGB, the variety membership platform, is expanding rapidly throughout London, granting customers the widest choice of activities and freedom of location.
Simworx to launch Mini-Flying Theatre at IAAPA 2017
10 Nov 2017 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Simworx has expanded its range of media based dynamic attractions with the launch of the Mini Flying Theatre.
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