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Development of a simplified procedure for testing the suitability of materials for scientific collections

The foremost objective of scientific collections is the preservation of their specimens. This can only be achieved by high standards for their storage, which includes the use of suitable materials. One way of testing the suitability of materials is the Oddy test that has been used since the 1970s, where indicator metals detect any corrosive agents given off by the tested materials. However, since the evaluation of the test very much depends on the way it is carried out and on the experience of the evaluator, it is desirable to develop more objective standards. In this project, led by Prof. Dr. Alexandra Jeberien (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, Studiengang Konservierung und Restaurierung) a simplified testing method is developed (MAT-CH) and trials are run with our three collaboration institutions, the Zentralmagazin Naturwissenschaftlicher Sammlungen [central storage facility of the natural history collections] of the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle, the zoological institute and museum of the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald and Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Research.



04.12.2015 - 30.06.2018


The German Federal Environmental Foundation