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Andrew Davis

Library of Congress
Chemist
Washington, DC
Dr. Andrew Davis is a chemist and polymer scientist in the Library of Congress’s Preservation Research and Testing Division. He is currently involved in work to analyze the Library’s various paper and polymer collections, with the goal of correlating fundamental polymer properties to degradation processes in paper and plastic objects. Andrew is also involved in work to better understand the role of light, oxygen, and substrate in the fugitive nature of iron-based pigments, particularly Prussian Blue, in order to better enable public display of culturally important light-sensitive objects. Andrew received his Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to the Library of Congress, he worked in the Central Research Laboratories of 3M, focused on photochemical processes affecting polymers, adhesives, and colored materials.