Kunicki-Goldfinger — This commemoration celebrates the birth one hundred years ago, on February 13, , of Prof. He was to play roles as an outstanding microbiologist, geneticist, humanist and activist. The Professor graduated from the Jagiellonian University, where, still a student, he worked in the Division of Bacteriology in the Department of Agriculture. Kunicki-Goldfinger enrolled in the Department of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University, where he studied biology.
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Kunicki-Goldfinger The chemical instability of historic glass preserved in atmosphere manifests itself by a characteristic network of small cracks on the surface, frequently called crizzling. It is believed that a major source of the phenomenon is the It is believed that a major source of the phenomenon is the innate instability of the glass chemical composition.
The only approach to protect the objects is to keep them under the appropriate stable conditions. The best we can hope to achieve is to identify the objects susceptible to crizzling before the visible symptoms of deterioration occur. These objects could then be stored under specially tailored conditions. Even if it is not possible to identify all glasses susceptible to crizzling, at least some of the glasses belonging to this group could be indentified with use of relatively simple methods.
The paper refers specifically to the Baroque potassium glass objects. It seems that the colour of fluorescence under the short wave ultraviolet radiation as well as an application of XRF analysis in a completely non-destructive surface mode can help us to distinguish at least a proportion of glass objects susceptible to crizzling.
It does not solve the entire problem but is a step in the right direction. Cultural Heritage, Industrial and Nuclear Glasses.