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  • Catherine R. Matsen, Scientist

    Scientist
    Affiliated Associate Professor
    University of Delaware
    Newark, DE 19716

    Biography

    Catherine Matsen has worked as a conservation scientist at Winterthur Museum’s Scientific Research and Analysis Laboratory (SRAL) since 2003. She has undertaken analysis on all types of decorative arts in the museum collection using the techniques of XRF, SEM-EDS, FTIR, Raman, XRD, GC-MS and pyGC-MS. Catherine’s primary research areas include Chinese export lacquer, American silver objects, Pennsylvania German fraktur and architectural paint analysis of the museum’s period rooms and estate buildings. In addition to working with and teaching over 150 WUDPAC students over the years, in October 2018 Catherine taught a six-day course on instrumental techniques used in conservation to students in CRAFT (Conservation Resources for Architectural Interiors, Furniture and Training) in Beijing. CRAFT is the first formal conservation-training program in China that has been designed to meet international standards.

    Catherine received an A.B. in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College. She worked for three years as a laboratory technician at the Du Pont Company performing research on heterogeneous catalysis and drug synthesis. She then held a one-year position as a laboratory analyst in the Conservation Department at Winterthur Museum before entering the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation where she received her M.S. degree. The subject of her master’s thesis was a materials analysis and interpretation of interior finishes of the Corbit-Sharp House at Odessa, Delaware. She has completed internships with the Architectural Paint Conservation Project at Drayton Hall, a National Trust Site in Charleston, South Carolina, and with the Architectural Research Department at Colonial Williamsburg.

 

 

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  • The Department of Art Conservation
  • 303 Old College
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3489
  • art-conservation@udel.edu