A Study of Historic Pigments

Hello Everyone!

My name is Hannah Mayhew and I am a rising junior pursuing a chemistry major and an art history minor at the College of William and Mary.  I have been given the incredible opportunity of engaging in summer research in the Chemistry Department through the aid of a Chappell Fellowship and will be spending the next few months working under Professor Wustholz in her lab.  My goal for the summer is to apply surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to samples from colonial oil paintings as an analytical technique to identify the presence of yellow lake dyes and other organic colorants.  I feel incredibly fortunate to have discovered Professor Wustholz’s research project, as I have always found the field of art conservation particularly fascinating.  This project allows me to advance my involvement in the field of analytical chemistry while working directly with pieces of art.

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