21-22/02/2019, Brussels - Belgium

Workshop #3 - Buffer Solutions: theory and kit preparation

During this two-day workshop, participants will be presented with theoretical and practical aspects of the buffer solutions used in the cleaning of artworks. Each participant will receive a kit including a selection of solutions to bring back to his/her workshop.
The theory will develop the methodology of these formulations for aqueous cleaning, their physicochemical mechanisms and a summary on acids and bases notions in order to explore the principle of buffer solutions. Moreover, some possible additives to these solutions will be mentioned. In order to perceive the application fields of these cleanings, some case studies will be reviewed in various specializations (such as sculpture, painting, ceramics and paper). The practical part will provide the opportunity to put the theory into practice and to prepare a selection of buffer solutions.


Francisco Mederos-Henry is a conservation scientist, holding one Master's degree in Chemistry from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain) and one in Conservation from the Western School of Conservation and Restoration (ECRO, Mexico). He is currently a PhD candidate in Chemistry at UCLouvain’s Institute for Condensed Matter and Nanosciences (IMCN). Francisco holds a professorship position in Conservation Science at La Cambre and is a research scientist at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA).
This workshop has been conceived alongside Cécile de Boulard, painting conservator and conservation professor at La Cambre. Francisco conservator in Brussels.

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