Materials Testing

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There are various ways to analyze materials to identify and evaluate materials. Some of these are discussed here:



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Videos of the 11 presentations given at the November 6, 2019 International Symposium on the Testing of Materials for Storage and Display of Cultural Heritage organized and hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York are now available for viewing on the MET's website.

Conventional materials tests and resources: overview and advances

  • Survey of Different Methods to Assess Materials Used in Museums From Approved Lists to Piezoelectric Crystal - Jean Tétreault, Senior Conservation Scientist, Canadian Conservation Institute
  • Updating The Met's 3-in-1 Oddy Test, Successes and Issues - Eric Breitung, Research Scientist, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • WHO KNEW?! An Overview of Materials Resources, Usage and Future Plans in AIC's Online Universe - Rachael Perkins Arenstein, Principal, A.M. Art Conservation
  • Oddy Vs. PAT Smackdown! - Daniel Burge Senior Research Scientist, Image Permanence Institute


Advances in materials testing and pollution monitoring using analytical tools

  • Selection of Low Emitting Material for the Construction of Display Cases Based on the BEMMA-procedure - Wolfgang Horn, Senior Scientist, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und-prüfung
  • The Paper Test, a Novel Analytical Approach for a Semi-quantitative Oddy Test Alternative - Francesca Volpi, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Development of a Semi-quantitative GCMS-based Thermal Desorption 'Toolbox' to Examine and Limit the Risk to Collections From Volatile Compounds - Eric Monroe, Supervisory Scientist, Library of Congress
  • Oddy Testing and SPME GC-MS Analysis of Acrylic Adhesives Used in Museums - Catherine Stephens, Associate Research Scientist, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Determining Material Suitability by Direct Isothermal Desorption: Rigid PVC Boards for Vitrine Decks and Back Panels - Michael Samide, Professor of Chemistry, Butler University
  • Making and Interpreting Pollution and Corrosion Rate Measurements During Exhibitions - Dr. David Thickett, Senior Conservation Scientist, English Heritage



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