Emily McHale

I am a PhD student working jointly at the Museum of Cultural Heritage and Department of Chemistry as part of the Saving Oseberg Project. My research projected is centred on the development of bio-inspired materials for the consolidation of archaeological wood, with particular emphasis on the Oseberg finds. I am utilising organic, polymer, analytical and solid-state chemistry to develop a hybrid material that is not only able to support the mechanically and chemically fragile wood but also immobilise free-floating metal ions. I am focusing on lignin-like polymers and oligomers that will be compatible with the remaining wood structure in the objects. In order to offer greater stability I am investigating the use of silanes to cross link oligomer units inside the wood. Due to the highly degraded nature of the Oseberg wood re-submersion into a solution may be impossible on some of the objects so in situ polymerisation as well as lab based polymerisation followed by impregnation is being investigated.

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Published Feb. 17, 2015 11:30 AM - Last modified Feb. 27, 2015 3:37 PM

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