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​Professor Cecil Dybowski

In a recent interview with Artnet News, Professor Cecil Dybowski of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry discussed the work of his group, in collaboration with Dr. Silvia Centeno of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to understand reactions in masterworks of art that are slowly producing lead soaps from the constituents of paints, causing deterioration of some of the world’s great masterpieces of art.  Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the work uses sophisticated NMR, IR and X-ray techniques to study reactions in model paint films.  The complete article by Sarah Cascone can be found at the Artnet website.

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/scientists-lead-soaps-oil-paintings-936128

Tom Whipple, Science editor of the Times of London, wrote a short article on the work of the laboratory.  The article from the Times of London can be found at the link below.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/how-old-masters-are-being-sullied-by-soap-t8nnbpwws

 

 

 

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