Using Single Molecule Spectroscopy to Analyze Organic Dye Fading

The preservation of artwork is often limited by the fragility of its medium; conservators must constantly be working to counteract the forces of nature. One example is the gradual fading of organic dyes in paintings, leading to a loss of their color and vitality. As a chemist, I want to get an understanding of the process of dye fading by studying the effects of exposing them to their natural friend & foe, light.

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