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Tomasini E.P.,UMYMFOR | Landa C.R.,Viceministerio de Culturas | Siracusano G.,Institute Investigaciones Sobre El Patrimonio Cultural | Maier M.S.,UMYMFOR
Journal of Raman Spectroscopy | Year: 2013

The image of Our Lady of Copacabana is a gilded polychrome sculpture manufactured in maguey wood at the end of the 16th century. It is a highly devotional image in the Andean region and her sanctuary lays at the shores of the Titicaca Lake in Bolivia. In this study, a green sample taken from the Virgin's veil has been analyzed with the aim to identify the green pigment and the gilding technique. The green pigment layer covered completely the shiny color of the gilded area. First, the cross section of the sample was examined by optical microscopy revealing the presence of green crystals on a white layer; beneath it, a gold leaf on a red bole was observed. Scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis allowed the identification and quantification of copper and chloride in the green pigment layer. Analysis by micro-Raman spectroscopy indicated the presence of atacamite (Cu 3Cl2(OH)3) as the green pigment. Although this compound has been identified as a degradation product of copper pigments or of metallic objects containing copper, in this polychrome sculpture, atacamite was used as the green pigment and is identified for the first time as a mineral pigment in a colonial sculpture made in the Viceroyalty of Peru. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Campanella A.,CONICET | Rustoy E.,UMYMFOR | Baldessari A.,UMYMFOR | Baltanas M.A.,CONICET
Bioresource Technology | Year: 2010

This work reports laboratory results obtained from the production of polyols with branched ether and ester compounds from epoxidized vegetable oils pertaining to annual, temperate climate crops (soybean, sunflower and high-oleic sunflower oils), focusing on their possible use as components of lubricant base stocks. To this end, two different opening reactions of the epoxide ring were studied. The first caused by the attack with glacial acetic acid (exclusively in a single organic phase) and the second using short-chain aliphatic alcohols, methanol and ethanol, in acid media. Both reactions proceed under mild conditions: low synthesis temperature and short reaction times and with conversions above 99%. Spectroscopic (NMR), thermal (DSC) and rheological techniques were used to characterize the oils, their epoxides and polyols, to assess the impact of the nature of the vegetable oil and the chemical modifications introduced, including long-term storage conditions. Several correlations were employed to predict the viscosity of the vegetable oils with temperature, and good agreement with the experimental data was obtained. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Aguero M.B.,National University of San Juan | Gonzalez M.,National University of Tucuman | Lima B.,National University of San Juan | Svetaz L.,El Rosario University | And 7 more authors.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry | Year: 2010

This paper reports the in vitro antifungal activity of propolis extracts from the province of Tucumán (Argentina) as well as the identification of their main antifungal compounds and botanical origin. The antifungal activity was determined by the microdilution technique, using reference microorganisms and clinical isolates. All dermatophytes and yeasts tested were strongly inhibited by different propolis extracts (MICs between 16 and 125 μg mL -1). The most susceptible species were Microsporum gypseum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Trichophyton rubrum. The main bioactive compounds were 2′,4′-dihydroxy-3′-methoxychalcone 2 and 2′,4′-dihydroxychalcone 3. Both displayed strong activity against clinical isolates of T. rubrum and T. mentagrophytes (MICs and MFCs between 1.9 and 2.9 μg mL-1). Additionally, galangin 5, pinocembrin 6, and 7-hydroxy-8-methoxyflavanone 9 were isolated from propolis samples and Zuccagnia punctata exudates, showing moderate antifungal activity. This is the first study matching the chemical profile of Z punctata Cav. exudates with their corresponding propolis, giving strong evidence on the botanical origin of the studied propolis. © 2009 American Chemical Society.


Tomasini E.P.,UMYMFOR | Halac E.B.,Comision Nacional de la Energia Atomica | Halac E.B.,National University of San Martin of Argentina | Reinoso M.,Comision Nacional de la Energia Atomica | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Raman Spectroscopy | Year: 2012

Carbon-based black pigments are a wide group of dark-colored materials, which are classified according to the starting material used and their method of manufacture. Raman spectroscopy is an ideal technique for the characterization of carbonaceous matter: crystalline carbon materials present well-defined peaks, which can be easily assigned; amorphous carbon materials, on the other hand, show broad bands between 1300 and 1600 cm -1. The aim of this work was the discrimination between carbon-based pigments by micro-Raman spectroscopy. Five carbon-based pigments provided by Zecchi (lampblack, ivory black, bistre, bitumen, and graphite), two humic-earth materials [Van Dyck (Kremer) and Earth of Kassel (Zecchi)], and a commercial wood charcoal were studied. Raman spectra of all the samples showed the characteristic bands at approximately 1580 and 1350 cm -1; however, a clear difference in position, width, and relative intensity could be observed for most of the samples. The resulting analysis showed that micro-Raman spectroscopy allowed the discrimination of most of the reference pigments and allowed the identification of carbon-based black pigments in two South American colonial paintings dated from the early 18th century. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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