TEM  applications in Cultural Heritage


– Nicolopoulos S., Das P.P., Gómez Pérez A., Zacharias N., Tehuacanero Cuapa S., AlatorreJ.A.A., Mugnaioli E., Gemmi M. and Rauch E.F. (2019)
Novel TEM Microscopy and Electron Diffraction Techniques to Characterize Cultural Heritage Materials: From Ancient Greek Artefacts to Maya Mural Paintings. Scanning, 2019, 1-13.

– Zacharias N,  Karavassili F, Das P, Nicolopoulos S,  Oikonomou A, Galanis A, Rauch E, Arenal R, Portillo J, Roque J, Casablanca J, MargiolakiI. (2018)
A novelty for cultural heritage material analysis: transmission electron microscope (TEM) 3D electron diffraction tomography applied to roman glass tesserae. Microchem J.; 138:19–25.GG01–05.


-S. Nicolopoulos, P. P. Das, P. J. Bereciartua, F.Karavasili, N.Zacharias, A.G.Perez, A.S.Galanis, E.F.Rauch, R.Arenal, J.Portillo, J.Roque Rosell,  M.Kollia,  I.Margiolaki (2018) 

“Novel characterization techniques for cultural heritage using a TEM orientation imaging in combination with 3D precession diffraction tomography: a case study of green and white ancient Roman glass tesserae”, Heritage Science, no 6, pp. 64


-P. Sciau,  (2016)

“Advances in Images and Electron Physic, Ch. 2: Transmission Electron Microscopy: Emerging Investigations for Cultural Heritage Materials”, Elsevier, Vol. 198, pp. 43-67.


-Sciau, P.,Noe, L., & Colomban, P. (2016)

“Metal nanoparticles in contemporary potters’ master pieces: Lustre and red “pigeon blood” potteries as models to understand the ancient pottery”.Ceramics International, 42, 15349–15357.


-Sciau, P., & Goudeau, P. (2015)

“Ceramics in art and archaeology: A review of the materials science aspects”. European Physical Journal B, 88(5), 132.


-Molina, G., Tite, M. S., Molera, J., Climent-Font, A., & Pradell, T. (2014)

“Technology of  production of polychrome lustre”. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 34(10),  2563–2574.


-Dejoie, C.,Sciau, P., Li, W., Noe, L.,Mehta, A.,Chen, K., et al. (2014)

“Learning from the past: Rare epsilon-Fe2O3 in the ancient black-glazed Jian(Tenmoku) wares”. Scientific Reports, 4, 4941.


-Cervini-Silva, J., Palacios, E., Munoz, M. D., del Angel, P., Campos, E. M. P., Chavez- Balderas, X., et al. (2013)

“A high-resolution electron microscopic and energy-dispersive spectroscopic study on the molecular mechanism underpinning the natural preservation of 2300 YO naturally-mummified human remains and the occurrence of small-sized Zn Al Carbon spheres”. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40(4), 1966–1974.


-Sciau, P. (2012)

“Nanoparticles in ancient materials: The metallic lustre decorations of medieval ceramics. In A. A. Hashim(Ed.), The delivery of nanoparticles” (pp. 523–540). Rijeka:INTECH.


-Casadio, F., Xie, S.,Rukes, S. C., Myers, B., Gray, K. A., Warta, R., et al. (2011)

“Electron energy loss spectroscopy elucidates the elusive darkening of zinc potassium chromate in Georges Seurat’s. A Sunday on La Grande Jatte”—1884. Analytical and BioanalyticalChemistry,399(9),2909–2920.


-Douin, J., Henry, O., Dabosi, F., & Sciau, P. (2010)

TEM characterization  of the fine scale microstructure of a Roman ferrous nail. The European Physical Journal Applied Physics,51(1),10902


-Mirguet, C.,Roucau, C., & Sciau, P. (2009)

Transmission electron microscopy  a powerful means to investigate the glazed coating of ancient ceramics. Journal of Nano Research, 8,141–146


-Sciau, P., Salles, P.,Roucau, C.,Mehta, A., & Benassayag, G. (2009)

Applications of focused ion beam for preparation of specimens of ancient ceramic for electron microscopy and  synchrotron X-raystudies. Micron, 40(5–6), 597–604.


-Colomban, P. (2009)

The use of metal nanoparticles to produce yellow, red and iridescent colour, from Bronze Age to present times in lustre pottery and glass: Solid state chemistry, spectroscopy and nanostructure. Journal of Nano Research, 8, 109–132.


-Haswell, R.,Zeile, U., & Mensch, K. (2008)

Van Gogh’s painting grounds: An examination of barium sulphate extender using analytical electron microscopy—SEM/FIB/TEM/EDX. Microchimica Acta, 161(3–4), 363–369.


-Mirguet, C., Fredrickx, P., Sciau, P., & Colomban, P. (2008)

Origin of the self-organisation of  Cu degrees/Ag degrees nanoparticles in ancient lustre pottery. A TEM study. Phase Transitions, 81(2–3), 253–266.


-Sciau, P., Relaix, S.,Roucau, C.,Kihn, Y., & Chabanne, D. (2006)

Microstructural and  microchemical characterization of  Roman period terra sigillate slips from archeological sites in southern France. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 89(3), 1053–1058


-Deeb, C., Walter, P., Castaing, J., Penhoud, P., & Veyssiere, P. (2004).

Transmission  electron microscopy (TEM) investigations of ancient Egyptian cosmetic powders. Applied Physics A: Materials Science & Processing, 79(2), 393–396.


-Fredrickx, P., Helary, D., Schryvers, D., & Darque-Ceretti, E. (2004)

A TEM study of nanoparticles lustre glazes. Applied PhysicsA: Materials Science& Processing, 79(2), 283–288


-Perez-Arantegui, J., Larrea, A., Molera, J., Pradell, T., & Vendrell-Saz, M. (2004)

Some aspects  of the characterization of decorations on ceramic glazes. Applied Physics A: MaterialsScience& Processing, 79(2), 235–239.


-Tsujimoto, K., & Kitada, M. (2004) 

Nanostructure of pigments of Japanese-lacquer wooden  bowl made in the late Edo period using FIB and TEM. Journal of the Japan Institute of  Metals, 68(5), 311–314.


-Arantegui  J.Perez,  Larrea A.  (2003)

The secret of early nanomaterials is revealed  thanks to transmission electron microscopy TrAC  Trends Anal Chem  22 327-329


TEM  3D diffraction tomography and orientation/Phase mapping  technique


Rauch EF, Véron  M. (2014)

Automated crystal orientation and phase mapping in TEM. Mater Charact. ;98:1–9


Portillo J, Rauch EF, Nicolopoulos S, Gemmi M, Bultreys D.  (2010)

Precession electron diffraction assisted orientation mapping in the transmission electron microscope. Mater Sci Forum. ;64:1–7.


-Kolb U, Gorelik T, Mugnaioli E.  (2009)

Automated diffraction tomography combined with electron precession: a new tool for ab initio nanostructure analysis. In: Mater. Res. Soc. Symp.Proc. vol. 1184. Materials Research Society;.


-Kolb U, Gorelik T, Kübel C, Otten MT, Hubert D.  (2007)

Towards automated diffraction tomography: partI-data acquisition. Ultramicroscopy107:507–13.