University Chemistry ›› 2021, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (10): 2107117.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX202107117

Special Issue: 化学科普(2021)

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"Modern" Antiques: On the Chemical Principle of Antiques Finish

Mengchen Wang1, Qingqing Lin1, Meng Wang1, Wei Zhang1, Junlong Zhao2,*()   

  1. 1 National Chemistry Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center (Northwestern University), School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Northwestern University, Xi'an 710127, China
    2 School of Medicine, Northwest University, Xi'an 710069, China
  • Received:2021-07-31 Accepted:2021-09-28 Published:2021-09-30
  • Contact: Junlong Zhao


Antique is the valuable cultural heritage material that our ancestors gave us. This paper reveals the chemical principle of antique aging and the "secret" of antique aging from the chemical point of view, as well as analyzes the basic chemical principle of illegal peddlers using the aging technology to intentionally fabricate. More importantly, using these chemical principles to maintain, repair and copy cultural relics is the correct way to use antique aging, which aims to let readers understand the chemical nature of aging and enhance readers' attention and concern to cultural relics.

Key words: Antique finish, Antiques, Popularization of science


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