Methods in Scientific Examination of Works of Art: Thin-layer Chromatography

February 28 to March 4, 1994 Marina del Rey, California

This workshop is intended to familiarize conservators and conservation scientists with thin-layer chromatography (TLC) as a method of binding media analysis.

TLC analysis is an easily accessible technique that can be established in many conservation or conservation science laboratories at minimal cost. The workshop, divided into sessions of lectures and laboratory practice, will focus on theory, practical techniques, and standard operating procedures for the use of TLC in the identification of binding media. The general aim of the course is to provide participants with a low-cost, simple, and effective method of analyzing a range of binding media materials including proteins, carbohydrates, waxes, and resins.

Preference in the selection of participants will be given to those applicants whose job responsibilities include a large percentage of binding media analysis and teaching of analysis techniques, and whose laboratories lack the facilities to carry out more sophisticated analysis techniques.