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Dr

Petronella Nel

Senior Lecturer In Cultural Materials Conservation
Historical And Philosophical Studies
Plastics in museum collections
Pigment identification and quantitation
Adhesives used on archaeological pottery
science & technology
technology
physical sciences
arts & humanities - other topics
chemistry, analytical
materials science, multidisciplinary
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Dr

Petronella Nel

 
Division
Arts
 
Primary Interest
Conservation of cultural heritage
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Dr

Petronella Nel

 

Dr Nel has an interdisciplinary background in Chemistry (PhD) and Cultural Materials Conservation (MA). She is part of the teaching and research team at the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation.

Her research focuses on the non-invasive scientific analysis of artefacts and works of art, to inform improvements in their conservation. More specifically one aspect of her research focuses on the conservation of polymer-based materials in museum collections, like: plastics, film and adhesives used to repair archaeological pottery. The aim is to develop methods for determining and extending the lifespan of polymer based objects or associated materials by studying their identification, deterioration and conservation. In addition her research focuses on the characterisation of daylight fluorescent pigments, inorganic pigments and ochre-earth pigments. She contributed to the development of the Chemistry Collection at the University of Melbourne. She is collaborating with researchers at the University of Melbourne (Chemistry, Classics & Archaeology), CSIRO, Museums Victoria, Powerhouse Museum, Queensland Museum, Art Gallery of NSW, South Australian Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, University of Technology Sydney, Flinders University and the University of Sydney.

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Credentials

Positions


Senior Lecturer In Cultural Materials Conservation

Historical And Philosophical Studies

Fellow

International Institute for the Conservation of Historic adn Artistic Works

Member

International Council of Museums

Member, Chair Conservation Science Special Interest Group

Australian Institute of the Conservation of Cultural Materials

Member

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Education


Graduate Certificate University Teaching

University of Melbourne

Melbourne Teaching Certificate

University of Melbourne

Master of Arts in Cultural Materials Conservation

University of Melbourne

PhD in Chemistry

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science

University of Melbourne