Jennifer Mass received her B.A. in chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College in 1990 (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude). She completed her studies at Franklin and Marshall with numerous awards including the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award, the American Institute of Chemists Award, and the R. Schiedt Trust for Graduate Study. She received her M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from Cornell University in 1992, and her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry with a concentration in Materials Engineering in 1995. During her tenure at Cornell she was awarded three Department of Education Graduate Fellowships.
After graduating from Cornell she received a fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to conduct research at the Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Metropolitan she conducted research on the use of metallurgical byproducts as glass colorants. She was awarded a Samuel H. Kress Foundation grant to continue this work into a third year. Dr. Mass spent 1998-2001 as an assistant professor in the Art Conservation Department at The State University of New York College at Buffalo. During this time she continued her research on ancient Roman and Egyptian glassmaking practices, and began her studies in glassmaking in late antiquity Venice. She was awarded a Gladys K. Delmas Foundation grant to assist with this project.
In the fall of 2001 she joined Winterthur’s Conservation Department and became an adjunct faculty member for WUDPAC. In her role as Senior Scientist in Winterthur’s Scientific Research and Analysis Laboratory, she has conducted research on Pennsylvania German sulfur inlaid and painted furniture, fraktur, and confocal x-ray fluorescence microscopy. Dr. Mass has contributed to the field as an associate editor for the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (2002-2005), and as an editor of Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology (2001-2005). She also served on the nominating committee for the American Institute for Archaeology’s Pomerance Award for scientific contributions to archaeology (2000-2005), and has taught several short courses in instrumental analysis of objects of art for mid-career conservators and appraisers (2003 and 2006, AIC Analytical Techniques in Conservation). She has published many articles on her research in both the art conservation and materials science literature and has presented the results of her research at dozens of professional meetings and universities worldwide. Her teaching interests include instrumental methods of analysis and the inorganic chemistry of museum objects.
Image: WUDPAC adjunct assistant professor and Winterthur Museum senior scientist Jennifer Mass at Cornell University's High Energy Synchrotron Source, examining a Rembrandt School painting from the collection of Cornell University's Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art prior to imaging. (Image courtesy the Johnson Museum.)