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Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, IN 46208-4182)
Gregory Smith (Project Director: 06/25/2015 to present)

Rapid Pollution Off-Gassing Assessments of Museum Construction Materials by Gas Chromatographic Techniques

Development of a rapid analytical protocol for measuring volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in materials used for the display, storage, and exhibition of cultural heritage materials. The new protocol would replace the outdated and inefficient “Oddy Test,” which is currently the only way to evaluate these materials for safety in library, museum, and archival settings. A faster and more reliable approach to materials testing has been a goal of conservators and conservation scientists for more than a decade. With this request, the Indianapolis Museum of Art Conservation Science Lab will continue a year-long collaboration with Butler University to develop an alternative protocol based on evolved gas analysis (EGA) that appears to offer improvements in testing time, accuracy, and range of detectable compounds.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Arts, Other

Research and Development

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2017