From an idea of creativity to a product of reliability: Update of research on electrochemical testing of exhibit and storage materials

Judith J. Bischoff, Jason A. Bustamente, Chandra L. Reedy, Richard A. Corbett, and Marc S. Walton

Abstract

In 1998, Reedy et al. published preliminary work on a new method for testing of exhibit and storage materials, proposing an electrochemical testing method as a replacement for the unreliable Oddy test. Although this method appeared to hold great promise, there was still much work needed before it could be routinely applied in the conservation profession. Herein is described an update of the research on this method including optimization of the working electrode, extraction procedures and data interpretation, along with attempts to assess and achieve reproducibility of the method. Future research plans needed to ensure the utility and routine use of this method are also discussed.

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