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Chemistry and Conservation – a Refresher Day

From: Wednesday 03.06.20
at 9:00am
To: Wednesday 03.06.20
at 5:00pm

British Library




This one day course is aimed at practising conservators who feel that they may benefit from a day refreshing their chemistry backgound in relation to methods they or others are using in practice or that are referred to in the conservation literature.

Event description: 

The day is divided into 4 sessions of powerpoint lectures plus discussion including exploring/confronting topics previously sent in by partiicpants

Session 1:  Understanding modern analytical methods and imaging approaches

a. XRF/EDX: Structure of the atom
b.Spectroscopy & hyperspectral imaging techniques: the electromagnetic spectrum

Session 2:  Keeping things under control in the chemical laboratory / conservation studio

a. Acids, bases and pH
b. Chemical equations and calculations

Lunch & discussion – An opportunity to discuss chemical ‘problems’ brought by the participants

Session 3: Solvents and cleaning

a. Interactions of molecules: primary and secondary bonding
b. Relating chemical behaviour to functional groups

Session 4: Varnishes and coatings

a. Natural & synthetic polymers
b. Degradation mechanisms (and the museum environment)