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Dr Lorraine Gibson

Senior Lecturer

Pure and Applied Chemistry


Classifying degraded modern polymeric museum artefacts by their smell
Curran Katherine, Underhill Mark, Grau-Bové Josep, Fearn Tom, Gibson Lorraine T., Strlič Matija
Angewandte Chemie, (2018)
Photocatalytic air-purification : a low-cost, real-time gas detection method
Keane Donal A., Hamilton Niki, Gibson Lorraine T., Pillai Suresh C., Holmes Justin D., Morris Michael A.
Analytical Methods Vol 9, pp. 170-175, (2017)
Iron supported on bioinspired green silica for water remediation
Alotaibi Khalid M., Shiels Lewis, Lacaze Laure, Peshkur Tanya A., Anderson Peter, Machala Libor, Critchley Kevin, Patwardhan Siddharth V., Gibson Lorraine T.
Chemical Science Vol 8, pp. 567-576, (2016)
Emission profiles from polymeric materials : characterised by thermal desorption-gas chromatography
Mitchell Gemma, Higgitt Catherine , Gibson Lorraine
Polymer Degradation and Stability Vol 107, (2014)
Cross-infection effect of polymers of historic and heritage significance on the degradation of a cellulose reference test material
Curran Katherine, Možir Alenka, Underhill Mark, Gibson Lorraine T., Fearn Tom, Strlič Matija
Polymer Degradation and Stability Vol 107, pp. 294–306, (2014)
Mesosilica materials and organic pollutant adsorption : part B removal from aqueous solution
Gibson Lorraine
Chemical Society Reviews Vol 43, pp. 5173-5182, (2014)

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Professional activities

Sustaining the Impact of UK Science and Heritage Research
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Conference (Event)
Collection Informatics: What we can learn from air sampling
Acid emissions and their interaction with museum objects
Royal Society of Chemistry Heritage Science (AMC) Sub-Committee (External organisation)
Plastic degradation: examination of emissions

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Heritage smells (Full) | Mitchell, Gemma
Gibson, Lorraine (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2010 - 18-Sep-2014
Heritage smells (Full) | Rushworth, Iain David
Gibson, Lorraine (Principal Investigator) Davidson, Christine (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2010 - 15-Dec-2016
BTG- Researcher-led Project
Gibson, Lorraine (Principal Investigator)
This cross-faculty project aims to apply green adsorbents newly developed in Engineering for the removal of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) using an analytical method established in Chemistry.
Period 05-Sep-2011
Heritage smells (Full)
Gibson, Lorraine (Principal Investigator)
Experts in science (chemistry, physics, statistics), heritage science and sensor technology will drive an ambitious but realistic proposal to develop diagnostic olfactory tools for heritage science. The new devices will be non-invasive, non-contact, portable and simple to use providing real-time data; making them well suited to address cultural heritage questions and survey collections, particularly for objects where potential hazards, access issues or sampling restrictions have precluded study to date. Implementation of energy efficient sensors to tackle heritage problems (rather than large equipment) will also help reduce the U.K.'s environmental footprint. Indeed, there is an overall lack of capacity in the heritage sector both in organic material analysis and volatile organic compound (VOC) monitoring; this research addresses such issues.By merely 'sniffing' the air, questions regarding the environmental and conservation history, composition, condition or stability of objects will be answered. This will empower collections custodians and allow informed decisions about the acquisition, storage, conservation, display and long-term preservation of items, whilst also ensuring the health of those accessing public and private collections. Three key interconnected challenges have been identified where timely research will give the UK a leading position providing new knowledge, expertise and technical developments, informing practitioners in heritage-user defined problem areas. 1: The past use of hazardous chemicals to disinfect/disinfest objects presents risks to those handling or accessing objects. Within this challenge objects will be 'sniffed' to determine if they have undergone such treatments. The data will allow informed conservation /research decisions regarding handling, display, loan and access. Key deliverables include: improvement of scholarly, public and native community use and engagement with cultural heritage and collection preservation, and development of new knowledge data bases that will be used to train portable sensing systems designed for high-throughput object screening. 2: Since the beginning of last century observation and analyses have established that paper is unstable. A by-product of the deterioration process is the production of VOCs. In this challenge a well characterized set of papers will be 'sniffed' to identify target indicators that imply paper instability. A key deliverable will be the development and application of non-invasive portable sampling tools for paper-based collections that can be used to provide rapid on-site analysis of stability and risk. 3: Heritage institutions are continually acquiring objects that contain synthetic, complex and inherently unstable modern materials. The composition and condition of such objects are extremely difficult to characterise and assess. A unique approach will be taken to tackle this problem: measurement of VOCs emitted by modern materials. The data will be used to inform heritage users of object composition and materials instability; interpretation of 'object smell' has not previously been exploited in this way. A key deliverable is development of a new tool for the identification of modern materials at risk allowing mitigation methods to be implemented to retard chemical and/or biological deterioration.This proposal therefore seeks to develop VOC sampling tools to address these challenges without the need for complex or costly instrumentation. Indeed very few heritage institutions have access to laboratory equipment and such studies are impossible to implement. The outcome of this research (development of hand held portable low cost sensors) will be of wide benefit to heritage-users and open the research door to thousands of smaller institutions (museums, galleries, libraries, historic houses) and private collectors.
Period 01-Sep-2010 - 31-May-2014
Longer Life for Collections
Gibson, Lorraine (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Dec-2007 - 28-Feb-2009

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