Chicago Workshop and Meeting 2015

Seventh MaSC Workshop and Meeting

The Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University,

the Field Museum, and Agilent Technologies

Chicago, Illinois, USA

17 – 22 May 2015

WORKSHOP (17-20 May, 2015):
The theme of the workshop was applications of inorganic and isotope ratio (IR) MS techniques for the study of art and archaeology. It provided a unique and valuable opportunity for participants to compare and assess the relative advantages of several MS techniques – ICP-MS, LA-ICP-MS and related IR-MS methods – for the characterisation of diverse materials including metals, glass, ceramics, minerals and pigments. IR-MS analysis of organic materials were not the focus of the workshop but applications were discussed.

The Workshop began with a welcome/orientation session the afternoon of 17 May at the Art Institute of Chicago. Practical workshop sessions, including lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training, were held on 18-20 May at Northwestern University, the Field Museum and Agilent Technologies. Workshop instructors included Marc Walton and Monica Ganio (Northwestern), Laure Dussubieux and Mark Golitko (Field Museum), Patrick Degryse (Leuven University), Andrew Shortland (Cranfield University), and Jon Talbott (Agilent Technologies).

MEETING (21-22 May, 2015):
The meeting was held at the Art Institute of Chicago and comprised discussions and presentations on novel applications of chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques to the study of art and cultural artefacts. The meeting included a session on inorganic and isotope ratio MS, as well as sessions covering a broader range of topics. A reception was held at the Art Institute the evening of Thursday 21st May.