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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.

Speakers
avatar for Regina Baglia

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 →

Co-Authors
avatar for Mary Ballard-[Fellow]

Mary Ballard-[Fellow]

Senior Textiles Conservator, Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution
Mary W. Ballard received her BA in art history from Wellesley College and her MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University as well as her certificate in conservation. She has been at the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute (formerly CAL) since 1984.
avatar for G. Asher Newsome

G. Asher Newsome

Research Physical Scientist, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
Asher Newsome received his BS in chemistry from University of Georgia and his PhD in chemistry from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is currently a research physical scientist with the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute.

Saturday June 2, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
River Oaks Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston

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