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Amines in steam humidification systems

From: Margaret Contompasis <mcontomp>
Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2001
James Stroud <stroud [at] mail__utexas__edu> writes:

>If anyone has information or experience regarding the effects on
>collections that may result from the use of amines in direct steam
>humidification systems, we would be grateful to hear them.

I will be submitting a paper for publication on a case history
reviewing the DEAE contamination here at the IU Art Museum which
Scott Williams refers to in his reply to James Stroud. We had the
opportunity to study the real-time,long-term effect of DEAE on some
painting media in our collection. Scott has stated the highlights of
the research, but I feel the context of the research is also
important. While little if any chemical alteration occurred in most
of the paintings (good news for all of us), there where and still
are considerable aesthetic issues associated with the contamination
that were not addressed by the analysis. If you would like more
information before the paper is published feel free to contact me at

Margaret Contompasis
Painting Conservator, IUAM

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