Jocelyn Alcántara-García, Conservation Scientist
Scientific Research and Analysis Laboratory Conservation Department
Winterthur, DE 19735
Jocelyn Alcántara-García joined the WUDPAC program in the fall of
2014 after working for about five years in interdisciplinary projects
(predominantly in Mexico, where she was born). All projects were
conducted in close collaboration with conservators and scientists, and
included the examination of iron gall inks, archaeological organic
materials and seashells, research on degradation of certain conservation
and restoration materials, investigation for the development of novel
methodologies for paper stabilization as well as identification of
binding media in pre-Columbian wall paintings and non-destructive
examination of archival material.
Jocelyn studied Conservation for two years at the National School of
Conservation, Restoration and Museography (ENCRyM) and received a B. S.
in Chemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in
2005. In 2009 she received her Ph. D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the
same institution, nominated as candidate for the Alfonso Caso Medal.
She has been awarded with grants such as a young scientists’ start-up
grant from the Mexico City government (ICyT-DF) and an Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. She has completed an internship at
the Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic (polymers),
training in contemporary art analysis at the National Museum of
Contemporary Art Reina Sofia in Spain, postdoctoral research at Johns
Hopkins University and numerous trainings in different areas of
conservation and chemical education.
Although her research has been predominantly on archival and
cellulosic materials, her research interests span beyond these: from
contemporary works of art to the study of underwater archaeological
remains to historical toys; and from the study of historical
restorations to the development of better treatments for the
preservation of cultural heritage.
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