The IMAT project will explore the use of carbon nanotubes for mild heating. It will focus on their thermal and electrical properties that present new opportunities for designing accurate, mobile, mild heating technology and devices. These would be designed in the form of flexible mat heaters-with desirable qualities for art conservation. Such heating mats fitted with the yet-to-be-designed sensors and controls could be created in ultra thin, transparent, and woven forms. Vapours and airflow used in combination with mild heating would be able to circulate more freely if carbon nanotubes were permeable to gas membranes. During the initial design and field-testing phases the project will use art conservators to provide feedback on how the design can be improved. The range of potential applications for IMAT will also be explored.


Title: Intelligent Mobile multipurpose Accurate Thermoelectrical (IMAT) mild heating device for art conservation

Instrument: FP7, Coordination Action

Duration: 36 months

Start Date: 01/11/2011

Consortium: 11 partners from 4 countries

Project Coordinator: Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)

Key Words: nanotechnologies, thermo-electrical mild heating device, art conservation