Case Studies of Potential Reference Materials in Conservation Science

Heidi Kastenholz Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Anne Wilson Butler University
Any identification requires a comparison between a sample and known. Many fields utilize a reference material as the known compound or the typical example of a material. A reference material provides “fingerprint” data for identification and quantification of unknown compounds. Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) are provided for many industries, such as forensics. However in conservation science, the materials that need to be identified consist of any and all materials, many of which are no longer available or have changed names/chemical formula over time. Due to this, the field of cultural heritage chemistry has to turn to chemical warehouses, pigment manufacturers, and historic syntheses for materials that could potentially be used as references and, subsequently, be used to build a Reference Library of artist’s materials. These materials require characterization and validation to be sure of their ability to serve as authentic materials for works of art.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

10:45 AM
Gallahue Hall 101