Conservation Laboratory

Research Labs + Centers

Fall 2012 + Spring 2013

George Wheeler, director

The Historic Preservation Program’s Conservation Laboratory has had a productive year of research and improvements to the laboratory. Through associations with the Department of Scientific Research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Conservation Center of New York University/Institute of Fine Arts the laboratory received a Philips 1830 X-ray Diffractometer and an INSTRON 4201 Mechanical Analyzer.

Student research produced theses on five topics: In Defense of Natural Cement, A Critical Examination of the Evolution of Concrete Technology at Fort Totten, New York, by Richard Lowry (Norman Weiss, Thesis Advisor); Does Size Matter: Comparing the Alpha-P and the Hyperion for FTIR Paint Analysis, by Brooke Young (Thesis Advisor, George Wheeler); Impact of Mineralogy, Texture and Fabric of the Maritime Canadian Sandstone on Deterioration of Ornamental Bridges in Central Park, NYC, by Mayank Patel (Thesis Advisor, George Wheeler); Deformation of North American Marbles in Response to Thermal Cycling, by Charles Thompson (Thesis Advisor, George Wheeler); Reusing Brick: Properties of Mortar Bond Strength, by Mary Soo Park (Thesis Advisor, Michael Lynch).

Finally, the laboratory participated in a submission to the National Science Foundation with the School of Engineering for an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant.

Conservation Laboratory A/B/D/E
Marble Types C