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Saturday, June 2 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
(Textiles) Ambient analysis of historic textiles by DART-MS

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Ambient analysis methods are critical tools in the field of conservation. Direct analysis in real time- mass spectrometry (DART-MS) is a relatively new ambient analysis technique. The DART ion source utilizes a heated helium gas stream to desorb surface molecules on the sample which then enter a coupled high-resolution mass spectrometer. DART-MS has been used for many different applications, but recent literature in the field of conservation has focused on dye analysis of historic textiles. In this work, we present our data from DART-MS analysis of historic textiles in rare dye swatch books from the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology collection. Our data suggests that DART-MS can detect compounds associated with textile processing, which may provide some insight into the complexity associated with historic textile production, use, and degradation. This presentation will discuss preliminary findings.

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Regina Baglia

Post-doctoral intern, Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution
Regina A. Baglia received her BS in biochemistry, magna cum laude from Temple University. She completed her PhD from Johns Hopkins in metallic complexes in porphyrin-type ligands that mimic biological oxidation reactions performed by metalloenzymes in 2016 with eleven co-authored... Read More →

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Mary W. Ballard

Conservator, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
EducationB.A. Wellesley (1971)M.A. and Diploma in Conservation New York University Institute of Fine Arts (1979)Additional coursework: North Carolina State University, College of TextilesResearch Specialties and InterestsInterested in coloration of textiles and in the evidence of... Read More →
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G. Asher Newsome

Physical Scientist, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
G. ASHER NEWSOME received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has studied a wide variety of analytes using novel mass spectrometry methodologies, and since joining the Smithsonian in 2017 he has been developing ambient techniques for... Read More →

Saturday June 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
River Oaks Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston
  6. Specialty Session, Textiles