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Subject: Offgassing from natural history specimens

Offgassing from natural history specimens

From: Melissa Gunter <mgunter>
Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2007
I am a conservator currently researching whether or not formaldehyde
will off-gas from freeze dried natural science specimens that have
been injected with formalin before freezing. I am interested in
measuring gaseous build up in enclosed spaces as well as checking if
heat will contribute to or drive the off-gassing. I plan to run some
tests with passive and active samplers in both ambient and heated
environments and I wondered if anyone else has done any testing like
this. Any information, references, comments or advice would be
greatly appreciated.

Melissa Gunter
Conservation Intern
Museum Victoria
GPO Box 666
Melbourne VIC 3001
+61 3 8341 7147
Fax: +61 3 8341 7154

                  Conservation DistList Instance 20:43
                  Distributed: Tuesday, March 6, 2007
                       Message Id: cdl-20-43-023
Received on Wednesday, 28 February, 2007

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