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SWBSS 2017

The German assoziation of scientists “Salze im Kulturgut e.V.” together with KIK-IRPA (Brussels) is pleased to announce that the Forth International Conference on Salt Weathering of Buildings and Stone Sculptures (SWBSS) will be held in Potsdam (Germany)

20 - 22 September 2017 at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FHP).

The conference aims to bring together conservators, restorers, engineers, architects, academics, students and experienced researchers and hence contributes to the promotion of research and development within the field of salt weathering of porous materials. The main topics will be

  • Environmental aspects related to salt sources
  • Transport phenomena and salt crystallisation
  • Measurement techniques
  • Desalination techniques
  • Conservation issues
  • Case studies

You can find up-to-date information at the conference website


The proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Salt Weathering of Buildings and Stone Sculptures (SWBSS 2014), 14th—16th October 2014 in Brussels, Belgium, are here available.

The conference papers of the 12th International Conference on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone to be held at Columbia University in the City of New York on the 22nd—26th October 2012 are here available.

Sonia Gupta (2013): Sodium chloride crystallization in drying porous media: influence of inhibitor. PhD Thesis, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Grevel, Klaus-Dieter; Majzla, Juraj ; Benisek, Artur ; Dachs, Edgar ; Steiger, Michael ; Fortes, A. Dominic; Marler, Bernd (2012): Experimentally Determined Standard Thermodynamic Properties of Synthetic MgSO4·4H2O (Starkeyite) and MgSO4·3H2O: A Revised Internally Consistent Thermodynamic Data Set for Magnesium Sulfate Hydrates. Astrobiology, 12 (11), http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/ast.2012.0823, DOI: 10.1089/ast.2012.0823.

Clercq, Hilde; Jovanović, Maja; Linnow, Kirsten; Steiger, Michael (2012): Performance of limestones laden with mixed salt solutions of Na2SO4–NaNO3 and Na2SO4–K2SO4. Environmental Earth Sciences, (), 1-11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12665-012-2017-0, DOI: 10.1007/s12665-012-2017-0.

Linnow, Kirsten; Steiger, Michael; Lemster, Christine; Clercq, Hilde; Jovanović, Maja (2012): In situ Raman observation of the crystallization in NaNO3–Na2SO4–H2O solution droplets. Environmental Earth Sciences, (), 1-12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12665-012-1997-0, DOI: 10.1007/s12665-012-1997-0.

Saidow, Tamerlan Adamovich (2012): Sodium sulfate heptahydrate in weathering phenomena of porous materials. phd-trhesis, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven,URL: http://www.phys.tue.nl/nfcmr/PhD-Saidov-2012.pdf.

Pel, Leo; Gonçalves, Teresa Diaz (Hrsg.) (2012): Abstracts and programm of the workshop CRYSPOM III, Crystallization in Porous Materials, in Tróia Portugal,4-7 September 2012, URL: http://www.phys.tue.nl/nfcmr/cryspom/cryspommain.html

Kamran, Kashif; Pel, Leo; Sawdy, Alison; Huinink, Henk; Kopinga, Klaas (2012): Desalination of porous building materials by electrokinetics: an NMR study. Materials and Structures, 45 (1), 297-308.

Kamran,Kashif (2012): Electrokinetic desalination of porous building materials. PhD Thesis, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Under SWBSS2011 you will find the compilation of the contributions of the international conference SWBSS 2011 - Salt Weathering on Buildings and Stone Sculptures in Limassol, Cyprus. Many of them are available as full text.

Victoria Voronina (2011): Salt extraction by poulticing : an NMR study, PhD-Thesis, Eindhoven University of Technology, 114 p.

C.M. Grossia, P. Brimblecombea, B. Menéndezb, D. Benaventec, I. Harrisd and M. Déquée (2011): Climatology of salt transitions and implications for stone weathering, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 409, Issue 13, 1 June 2011, Pages 2577-2585, ISSN 0048-9697, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.03.029

Charola, A. Elena, Christopher McNamara, and Robert J. Koestler (editors): Biocolonization of Stone: Control and Preventative Methods, Proceedings from the MCI Workshop Series. Smithsonian Contributions to Museum Conservation, number 2, 116 pages, 87 figures, 5 tables, 2011, URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10088/16617

Michael Steiger, Kirsten Linnow, Dorothee Ehrhardt, Mandy Rohde(2011): Decomposition reactions of magnesium sulfate hydrates and phase equilibria in the MgSO4-H2O and Na+-Mg2+-Cl--SO42--H2O systems with implications for Mars, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 30 March 2011, ISSN 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2011.03.038.


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