Physics and Astrophysics Research Seminar Series

What the Gel?

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As part of the School of Science and Technology's Physics and Astrophysics Research Seminar Series, Dr Lora Angelova, The National Archives, Collection Care Department presents: What the Gel?

  • From: Monday 12 August 2019, 1 pm
  • To: Monday 12 August 2019, 2 pm
  • Location: 015, CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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As part of the School of Science and Technology's Physics and Astrophysics Research Seminar Series, Dr Lora Angelova, The National Archives, Collection Care Department presents: What the Gel?

Abstract

Polymer gels are everywhere – from the cosmetics we use to the foods we eat, exuded naturally in our bodies and mixed up in children’s slime, from sci-fi ooze to biomedical tissue scaffolds, these unusual materials have unique qualities that make them ideal for a wide variety of applications. Since the mid-1980s, gels have also made their way into art conservation, as a versatile method for delivering tailored cleaning liquids to sensitive and precious surfaces. This lecture will show how and why conservators in museums world-wide use gels, give an overview of the types of gels commonly employed, and demonstrate how physico-chemical studies of these systems can aid in ensuring the right gel is used for the job. Considerations around how gels are selected for different conservation treatments, as well as shortcomings of the current methods and research will also be discussed.

Bio: Lora Angelova is Head of Conservation Research and Audience Development at The National Archives, UK, where she was previously based as a Conservation Scientist. She holds PhD in chemistry from Georgetown University and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and has worked primarily with soft matter, polymer gel chemistry, and surface cleaning of heritage materials. Prior to joining the Archives, Lora was a researcher at Tate, looking into gel and nanoemulsion systems tailored for cleaning contemporary synthetic polymer artworks. Lora has also studied diffusion of liquids from gels into paint surfaces and gel-surface interactions through a Newton Fellowship at the Material Studies Laboratory in the History of Art Department at UCL and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.

This seminar is hosted by Dr Ian Shuttleworth and Dr Haida Liang

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For any enquires please contact Dr Ian Shuttleworth

Location details

Room/Building:

015, CELS

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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