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Subject: Call for papers--Users' Group for Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography (MaSC)

Call for papers--Users' Group for Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography (MaSC)

From: Catherine Higgitt <chiggitt>
Date: Friday, April 6, 2007
MaSC workshop and meeting: announcement and call for papers and
details of MaSC Round Robin experiment

MaSC Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry Workshop and Meeting
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Winterthur Museum and
Country Estate and Agilent Technologies
10-15 September 2007

Further information about the forthcoming MaSC Workshop and Meeting
is now available via the website at
<URL:http://www.mascgroup.org/meetings.html>, along with the
registration form and details of how to register for both the
workshop and the meeting.

Workshop: The theme of the workshop will be sample preparation for
GCMS analysis, and will provide a unique and valuable opportunity
for participants to compare three different approaches to the
preparation of complex samples from artworks for GCMS analysis.
Demonstrations will be conducted by Maria Perla Colombini and Ilaria
Bonaduce (University of Pisa), Ursula Baumer (Doerner Institute,
Munich), and Michael Schilling and Joy Mazurek (Getty Conservation
Institute, Los Angeles). The practical workshop will be limited to
15 participants so early registration is recommended. The
registration fee for the workshop is USD 250.

Meeting: The meeting will comprise discussions and presentations on
a variety of chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques, and
their application to the study of art and cultural artefacts. The
focus of the meeting will be GCMS and issues related to sample
preparation, although contributions on other topics are also
encouraged. We hope to create an informal atmosphere for the
exchange of ideas, and so short presentations and discussions of
work in progress are welcomed. Those interested in presenting should
contact Ken Sutherland <masc07 [at] philamuseum__org. The deadline for
submission of abstracts is 30 April 2007. The registration fee for
the meeting is USD 100.

MaSC Round Robin: During the last MaSC meeting, the proposal was
made to compare and discuss the GCMS methods used by MaSC members,
and to compile the details in a publication.

At the forthcoming MaSC workshop three different approaches to GCMS
analysis will be presented and discussed. In preparation for the
meeting, we are asking for your help with a Round Robin test. The
Round Robin sample is a mixture of several types of organic
materials found in artworks, which may include drying oils,
proteins, natural and synthetic resins, carbohydrates and/or waxes.
The exact composition will not be revealed to participants prior to
the analysis and compilation of the data.

We ask you to participate in the MaSC Round Robin, for further
details, or if you wish to participate please send an email to

    Henk van Keulen
    Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage
    henk.van.keulen [at] icn__nl

before April 15, 2007 with a postal address suitable for receiving a
sample in a glass vial.

Dates to note:

    Deadline for registering to participate in the Round Robin is 15
    April 2007

    The deadline for submission of abstracts for the meeting is 30
    April 2007

    Registration deadline for the Workshop and Meeting is 1 June
    2007

    The workshop will be limited to 15 participants so early
    registration is recommended

The MaSC Committee,
Klaas Jan van den Berg and Chris Maines
Ester Ferreira, Catherine Higgitt and Ken Sutherland


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