This workshop, held February 28 - March 4, 1994 at the Institute, was designed to familiarize conservators and conservation scientists with thin-layer chromatography (TLC) as a method to analyze and identify binding media. It is the second workshop in a series entitled "Methods in Scientific Examination of Works of Art."
The course aimed to provide participants with a low-cost, simple, and effective method of analyzing a range of binding media materials including proteins, carbohydrates, waxes, and resins. On the final day of the course, participants had the opportunity to test their proficiency with techniques presented by applying them to samples brought from their own institutions.
Those attending the course included conservation professionals from Australia, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The principal instructor for the course was Dr. Mary Striegel of the Conservation Institute's staff. Dr. David Nurok, an associate professor at Indiana University-Purdue University, was a guest lecturer.