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Activities - Past Scientific Research Projects - Binding Media (Getty Conservati
A summary of a Getty Conservation Institute project that focused on developing methodologies to identify binding media in paint.
Analytical Chemistry News & Features: X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Archa
X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Archaeology XPS offers unique advantages for analyzing a wide range of artifacts
Art and Archaeology
Elemental analysis of art using x-ray fluorescence
Ashmolean Museum: Conservation - Investigation (0)
Modern technology has provided the conservation profession with a range of sophisticated aids to assist in the task of preservation of our cultural heritage.
Ashmolean Museum: Conservation - Investigation, Analytical (13)
Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. CAA is an international organisation bringing together archaeologists, mathematics and computer scientists. Its aims are to encourage communication between these disciplines, to provide a survey of present work in the field and to stimulate discussion and future progress. Membership is open to anyone on payment of a nominal fee.
CMA Exhibition Feature : Methods of Scientific Examination
Analysis of Picasso's Painting
Manual and automated pretreatment methods for AMS radiocarbon dating
Chemsoc - the chemistry societies' electronic network contains business and scie
Pigments can be identified using destructive techniques such as removal of a sample from the artwork followed by analysis using techniques such as mass spectrometry (MS) or gas chromatography (GC) coupled with mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Non-destructive applications also exist, an example being Raman spectroscopy, where a pigment is identified from its reflectance spectrum.
Confocal Microscopy in Art Conservation
Confocal microscopy has only recently been applied to Art Conservation. Rachel Barker (now at the Tate Gallery), John Chad (Southampton University), are exploring the utility of CLSM and developing protocols suitable for analysis of fine art paintings.
Conservation Sciences Instrumentation Lab
Current Research
University of Southampton We have begun a programme of fundamental research into the characterisation and deterioration of natural and synthetic polymer fibres, the consolidation of fragile artifacts and the development of improved cleaning methodology
European Cultural Heritage Network
The ECHN is an international CMS and DMS platform to connect researchers and scientists with students and professionals in the field of conservation and cultural heritage to share and exchange knowledge and technology on a scientific level.
HPLC Frames
Textbook on High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
Infrared Spectroscopy
The Infrared Spectroscopy
Investigating the Renaissance Web Site
This is the Fogg Museum's Investigating the Renaissance web site
Lynton Lasers
How does laser work?
Mass Spectrometry
Michigan State University - The Mass Spectrometer
Minerals under the Microscope: Earth Sciences: University of Bristol
Use of the polarising (or petrological microscope)
NOCG Art Restoration and Research
For some works of art, a more in-depth diagnosis and analysis are required. We provide services such as microscopic paint analysis, ultra-violet examination and infra-red analysis, which allows the conservator to penetrate the surface of the painting revealing hidden information. Infrared examination combined with ultra-violet analysis and chemical testing enable our conservators to understand the condition history of a painting before pursuing treatment. Minimal intervention is always the goal in conserving paintings.

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