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Environmental Chemistry Research Areas

Environmental chemistry research focuses mainly on the impact of toxic chemical residues from past conservation treatments and industrial activities in the historic built environment. 

Current research interests include:

  • The removal of mercury and its compounds from natural history collections
  • Mechanisms of interaction between mercury (II) chloride and cellulose degradation products leading to indoor air pollution
  • Developing methodologies for the decontamination and containment of highly toxic lead and chromium(VI) compounds within historic industrial buildings
  • The effect of low oxygen environments in mass storage facilities for paper-based collections.

Contact: Professor Belinda Colston