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Icon Heritage Science Group: Annual Invited Lecture by Prof Mary Ryan

From: Wednesday 05.07.17
at 3:00pm
To: Wednesday 05.07.17
at 7:00pm

Room G6 LT

UCL Institute of Archaeology,

31-34 Gordon Square, 


London WC1H 0PY

Event description: 

Icon Heritage Science Group's AGM and Annual Invited Lecture is taking place on 5th July



  • 3.00pm-5.30pm
  • Room R106, UCL Gordon House, 29 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PP

​​Annual Invited Lecture:

  • 6.00pm-7.00pm
  • Room G6 LT, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square


  • After the lecture
  • UCL Central House, Room G01, 14 Upper Woburn Pl, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0NN

Annual Invited Lecture

Advanced Materials Characterisation in Heritage Research
Prof Mary Ryan
Department of Materials and London Centre for Nanotechnology, Imperial College London

Modern materials science has a vast array of advanced techniques capable of multimodal characterisation of systems; across a range of length-scales, and in a range of environments.  We now have the ability to probe materials at ambient pressure and under controlled heating or loading (for example); acquiring morphological, chemical and mechanical information. These approaches are providing new insights into materials behaviour and allowing mechanistic understanding of degradation mechanisms to be developed.  There are numerous common challenges between materials and conservation science, and across the range of materials systems.  In this talk I will present some aspects of our work from collaborative projects with the Science Museum (fabric) the RAF Museum (metal) the V&A (polymers) and the Mary Rose Trust (wood). I will also discuss where the projects intersect with ‘non-conservation’ areas to highlight some of the added benefits of working across sectors.

Short Bio

Mary Ryan is Professor of Materials Science and Nanotechnology at Imperial College London, UK, and the Royal Academy of Engineering-Shell Research Chair for Interfacial Nanoscience.  Mary’s current research is in the area of applied electrochemistry and materials degradation, with a focus on the formation and behaviour of nanostructured systems, the role of dissolution in toxicity, optimization of nanomaterials for energy devices and the development of in-situ techniques to study interfacial reactions.

Mary joined Imperial College in 1998 after spending three years at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, USA, first as a postdoctoral researcher and then as staff scientist. She has PhD in Materials and BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Manchester. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals, a Trustee of the National Heritage Science Forum, a member of the Research Board of the RAF Museum, and a member of the Strategic Advisory Network of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.  

Lead Image: Clock Watch Movement by Michael Nouwen ; Public Domain