Film, Video Centuries of Cellulose: Lessons Learned from the Molecular Analysis of Cellulose in Aged Paper Collections

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Title
Centuries of Cellulose: Lessons Learned from the Molecular Analysis of Cellulose in Aged Paper Collections
Summary
Andrew Davis discussed the work of 20th-centry paper chemist William J. Barrow, whoundertook an ambitious study of 1,000 books printed from the 16th through 20th centuries, meticulously measuring their chemical and physical properties and offering systematic predictions of paper aging and permanence. These same test books now reside in the Center for the Library's Analytical Scientific Samples in the Library of Congress. This talk presented results using advancements in scientific tools to reassess and measure Barrow's same sample books anew. In particular, new micro-invasive tools provide the ability to quantify the degradation effects of aging, enabling new insights and mathematical methods for minimally-destructive paper material analysis.
Event Date
August 29, 2017
Notes
-  Andrew Davis is a chemist in the Preservation Research and Testing Division at the Library of Congress. He received a Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and subsequently worked at 3M developing adhesive chemistry and photochemical processes.
Related Resources
Preservation at the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/preservation/
Running Time
56 minutes, 46 seconds
Language
English
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