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Elizabeth Moffatt

Canadian Conservation Institute
Conservation Scientist (retired)
Elizabeth Moffatt earned a B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry from Memorial University of Newfoundland and an M.Sc., specializing in organic chemistry, from the University of Ottawa. She worked at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) from 1978 until her retirement in 2015. As a Senior Conservation Scientist at CCI, she specialized in the analysis of materials using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry. In response to client requests, she analyzed samples from a wide variety of materials in museum collections, including modern and traditional paints, coatings, adhesives, efflorescence and corrosion, as well as architectural finishes on historic buildings. Her primary research interest was the characterization of the materials and techniques of Canadian artists, including Paul-Émile Borduas, Cornelius Krieghoff, Tom Thomson, David Milne and Alfred Pellan. She contributed to publications on the painting materials of these artists as well as to publications on the analysis of Chinese wall paintings and sculptures; paints used on Naskapi and Northern Plains objects; green earth pigments used on Northwest Coast First Nations objects; corrosion on bronze sculptures; textile dyes from the Ferryland, Newfoundland, archaeological site; newly characterized mineral specimens; and decorative elements of the Library of Parliament.

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