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Subject: Marker for PEG

Marker for PEG

From: France Remillard <france.remillard>
Date: Friday, February 16, 2007
Karin Abelskamp <k.abelskamp [at] archeologie__nl> writes

>Currently, ArchaeoSpecialists is carrying out experiments in
>impregnating wood with PEG. To determine the extent of impregnation,
>we would like to "mark" the PEG (4000) solution to make the PEG
>easily recognized within the object after treatment (after
>cross-section). I can imagine that this has been done before. Does
>anyone have experience with the use of markers for this purpose?
>What type did you use and why?

I have successfully used solutions of potassium bismuth
iodide/barium chloride and bromine/potassium iodide sprayed onto the
wood and printed onto a blotting paper.

The method is described by

    Per Hoffmann. "A rapid method for the detection of polyethylene
    glycols(P.E.G.) in wood", in Studies in Conservation 28 (4)
    November 1983 p. 189-183

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