avatar for Michał Lukomski

Michał Lukomski

Getty Conservation Institute
Los Angeles, California
Dr. Michał Lukomski is head of Preventive Conservation research, which assesses the effects of environmental conditions and lighting on museum objects. He received his PhD in physics from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, in 2003 and completed his postdoctorate fellowship at the University of Windsor in Canada. For the last several years, he has worked on describing quantitatively the response of hygroscopic materials relevant to collections of fine and decorative art, in particular wood, textiles, animal glue, gesso and paints to variations of climate conditions, using several scientific methods. His current area of research focuses on the mechanical characterization of historic materials and their response to changes of environmental parameters, as well as investigation of painted surfaces by advanced optical techniques.