It Takes Two: How Iron Gall Ink Accelerates Paper Degradation - Audrie Schell and Itxel Castro-Soto, Conservators

Sep 22 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Thode Makerspace Workshop Series 
Sept 22 12:30pm - 1:20pm. Thode Library Makerspace, lower level 

Presenters: Audrie Schell and Itxel Castro-Soto, Conservators
In this session, McMaster University Library’s conservators will talk about the science of book and paper preservation. It all starts with chemical structure of cellulose which is the major component of paper, and how hydrolysis and oxidation affect those structures. Making matters more complicated is Iron Gall ink, the primary ink in use for many centuries, accelerates paper decay.

A Science Literacy Week Canada event. Science Literacy Week Canada is an opportunity to celebrate the science that is happening all around us on campus and across Canada. Join McMaster University Library and our partners during the week of September 18-24, 2017 for a great lineup of events and activities. 

Follow @ThodeLibrary on Twitter to participate our week-long trivia contest, and test your science knowledge on our arcade cabinet.

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