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Inert Gases in the Control of Museum Insect Pests

  • Charles Selwitz and Shin Maekawa

    A serious problem facing museum professionals is the protection of collections from damage due to insects. This book describes successful insect eradication procedures developed at the Getty Conservation Institute and elsewhere, whereby objects are held in an atmosphere of either nitrogen or argon containing less than 1000 ppm of oxygen, a process known as anoxia, or in an atmosphere of more than 60 percent carbon dioxide.

    Techniques, materials, and operating parameters are described in detail. The book also discusses adoption of this preservation technology, presenting the development of these methods and instructions for building and upgrading treatment systems, as well as recent case histories.

    Charles Selwitz is a scientific consultant and the author of Epoxy Resins in Stone Conservation and Cellulose Nitrate in Conservation. Shin Maekawa is a senior scientist in the Scientific Program at the Getty Conservation Institute.

    A free full-text PDF is available.

    Related Getty Conservation Institute projects: Nitrogen Anoxia Research

    150 pages
    8 1/2 x 11 inches
    14 b/w illustrations
    20 line drawings
    ISBN 978-0-89236-502-9

    Getty Publications
    Imprint: Getty Conservation Institute
    Series: Research in Conservation