This project is an ongoing collaboration between the Longwood chemistry program and the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts. The demonstration shows the capabilities of the X-ray fluorescence spectrophotometer as a non-destructive elemental analysis technique. Our class visited the LCVA to analyze several pieces in their art collections. We were able to utilize the XRF instrument to analyze the elemental composition of glass and metal, painted pottery and porcelain, oil paintings, and metals. This project lays the groundwork for further research using X-ray fluorescence for non-destructive chemical analysis.
Rakes, James; Arrieta, Mia; Beale, Kaleigh; and Grubb, Adonel, "Chemistry meets art: Instrumental analysis at the LCVA" (2021). Spring Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry. 109.