PAinT - Paint Alterations in Time

The PAinT research team

Prof. Dr. Pieter Iedema

main applicant

Piet Iedema is professor of Polymer and Computational Chemistry at the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS, University of Amsterdam). He is also Lecturer of Conservation Science for the Master Conservation and Restoration at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam.

As a chemist, Iedema has specialized in mathematical modeling. He has published extensively on the modeling of polymers.  As a lecturer in chemistry, he teaches ‘chemistry basics’ to conservation students.

His involvement in the PAinT project will focus on the mathematical modeling of mature oil paint networks. This is the first time that the method of mathematical modeling will be applied to artists’ oil paints.

Dr. Annelies van Loon

co-applicant and project leader

Annelies van Loon is a paintings research scientist both at the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS, University of Amsterdam) and the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis (The Hague).

She received a master’s degree in chemistry, a post-doctoral diploma in the conservation of easel paintings from the Limburg Conservation Institute (SRAL) and a PhD in chemistry on the topic of ‘Color changes and chemical reactivity in seventeenth-century oil paintings’. She has specialized in materials analysis and ageing and deterioration processes of Old Master Paintings. Van Loon has published on metal soap formation and other phenomena related to the degradation of oil paint.

Her involvement in the PAinT project will focus on the analytical study of the case-study paintings, the design of the oil paint model studies and their testing, as well as the dissemination of the project’s results to the conservation community.  

Dr. Katrien Keune

project leader

Katrien Keune is a paintings research scientist at the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam (HIMS, UvA) and the faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Material Engineering (3ME), TUDelft. She received her master's degree (2000) and her PhD (2005) in chemistry, both at the UvA. Her PhD thesis is entitled ‘Binding medium, pigments and metal soaps characterised and localised in paint cross-sections’. She has specialized in the chemistry, ageing and degradation of traditional oil paints with an emphasis on pigment-binder interactions. 

Her involvement in the PAinT project will focus on the delevopment of new analytical strategies and techniques, the design of chemical experiments and reconstructions of historical paints, and the dissemination of the project’s results to the conservation community. 

Drs. Maartje Stols-Witlox

team member

Maartje Stols-Witlox is the Programme leader ‘Paintings Conservation’ for the Master Conservation & Restoration at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam. She holds a masters degree in art history and has received a post-doctoral diploma in the conservation of easel paintings from the Limburg Conservation Institute (SRAL). She teaches conservation to UvA Masterstudents.

Stols has specialized in research of art technological sources and in the reconstruction of historical paint recipes with ‘historically accurate’ materials. She has published on historical conservation & restoration methods.

Her involvement in the PAinT Project will focus on the examination of case-study paintings, research of historical restoration methods, the design and supervision of reconstructions of historical paints and on the dissemination of the project’s results to the conservation community. 

 

Dr. Andrew M. Beale

team member

Andrew Beale is Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis at the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science (University of Utrecht). He specializes in spectroscopic and scattering-based analytical techniques. Besides his involvement in the PAinT Project, Beale is working on new analytical methods to observe the activity of nanoparticles as components of catalysts (VIDI-laureate). 

As part of the PAinT core team, he will focus on the development of novel analytical techniques and the exploration of synchrotron-based techniques for the study of ageing processes in real paintings and in oil paint model systems. 

 

Joen Hermans MSc

team member

Joen Hermans is PhD candidate in chemistry/conservation science. He will perform research at the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS, University of Amsterdam) as well as the Department of Chemistry and Catalysis of the University of Utrecht.

His research on the subject of the PAinT project will have an emphasis on the design, preparation and testing of mature oil paint model systems. His master thesis, written at the Van ‘t Hoff Laboratory for Physical and Colloid chemistry of Utrecht University, focused on colloid chemistry. However, Hermans’s wider ranging interests include both synthesis and analytical techniques, as well as operating on the border between ‘hard’ science and the arts.

 

Dr. Robert Corkery

team member

Robert Corkery is Chief Technology Officer with Joma International AS, Norway and scientist at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He holds patents in nanozeolite chemical technology and porous materials technology and has patents pending in materials science technology. Corkery received BaSC degrees in geology and geophysics and a PhD in physical and materials science. Amongst others, he has executed research in nanostructure, biomembrane and complex fluid technologies as well as experimental and theoretical work on nanostructured clays.

In the PAinT research Corkery will supervise the chemical synthesis of mature oil paint networks and will act as a consultant for metal soap-related queries in oil paint.

Prof. dr. Kees Elsevier

team member

Kees Elsevier is Professor of Catalysis and Molecular Inorganic Chemistry at the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS, University of Amsterdam). His research takes place in the area of molecular chemistry, with special attention to inorganic, organometallic chemistry and catalysis. He is particularly interested in the synthesis of new metal compounds with specific properties so far unknown, investigating and designing new catalysts and improving existing catalysis processes. He employs spectroscopic techniques, especially Magnetic Resonance and Imaging to study structures of compounds. 

In the PAinT research Elsevier will act as a consultant for the chemical synthesis of organo-metal compounds.

 

Prof. dr. ir. Bert Weckhuysen

team member

Bert Weckhuysen is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis with the Department of Chemistry and Catalysis of the University of Utrecht. He performs research in the area of heterogenous catalysts, in particular on zeolites and metal or metal-oxide systems, with the goal of characterizing structure-activity relationships. He furthermore specializes in the development of catalysts for the transformation of alternative raw materials, such as biomass, into energy carriers and chemicals, as well as the development of catalysts to clean exhaust gasses.

In the PAinT project Weckhuysen will act as a consultant for inorganic catalytic processes applicable to degradation phenomena in oil paints and for the development of novel techniques/methods in the fields of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques.

 

26 November 2012