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Fields & Applications Materials, Mass Spectrometry, Liquid Chromatography, Sample Preparation

In the Clear

Dealing with the chemical deterioration of glass in museum collections is a serious challenge for conservators and curators. It has been estimated that up to 30 percent of all glass objects in museums may be of unstable composition, but the associated visual changes cannot always be observed. Conservators asked me if it would be possible to identify unstable glass objects, before the irreversible changes occur.

Fingerprint etched into the surface of a historic glass as a result of chemical deterioration. © Rijksmuseum.

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Guus Verhaar

Postdoctoral researcher, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, University of Texas, Dallas, USA, and Corning Museum of Glass, New York, USA.

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