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
The 7th Workshop and Meeting of the Users’ Group for Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography (MaSC) took place in Chicago from Sunday 17th – Friday 22nd May 2015. The workshop, hosted jointly by the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Field Museum, and Agilent Technologies, took place on 17-20 May. The meeting was held at the Art Institute of Chicago on 21-22 May.
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.