9: 1.21.22 – The Chemistry of Art and Color

1.21.22 FLYER

Day, Date, Time: Saturday, 21 January 2023     8:15 am – 2:00 pm.

Contact Hours: [5 contact hours]

Food: BYO working lunch, light breakfast, drinks (water, soda) and snacks also provided

Location: USAFA Chemistry Department

Presenters: Dr Jennings, Dr Kelly, Dr Jefferies, Dr Furstenau, Stacey Lazelle

Description:    Join us to take a closer look at the chemistry of art and color. Participants will learn about the history of paint pigments and the chemistry behind making pigments.  We will learn to analyze paint samples using a Scanning Electron Microscope and/or MALDI, an advanced mass spectrometry technique.  We will learn about art restoration, making crayons, and will make our own paint pigment. Like most of the Science HUB activities at the USAF Academy, we will make sure we have something for everyone, with emphasis on middle and high school teachers.  We will provide activities that (1) expand participants’ knowledge base; (2) provide the opportunity to do experiments that can be used in their classrooms, either as a demonstration or as a student lab; and (3) provide the opportunity to do experiments in a research-style environment using advanced equipment.  

Topics and Agenda:   

0815. Meet participants on the south steps of the Cadet Field House; escort to Chemistry  Conference Room (2N189)

0815-0900 Travel to Chemistry Conference Room, Refreshments

0900-0915   Introductions, admin items in Chemistry Conference Room

0915-1000  Presentation:  “Chemistry of Pigments” – Dr Abby Jennings

 Dr Jennings will talk about the history of paint pigments and the chemistry behind making the pigments.

1015-1015 Break, Chemistry Conference Room (2N189)

1015-1100 Laboratory Experiments #1

                    Group A:  Analyzing Paint Samples (Dr Jennings, Dr Kelly)*

           Group B:  Art Restoration and Cleaning or Making Crayons (Dr Jefferies)

     Group C:  Making a Paint Pigment (Azurite; Dr Furstenau)

1100-1145 Laboratory Experiments #2

Group A:  Art Restoration and Cleaning or Making Crayons

                   Group B:  Making a Paint Pigment

                       Group C:  Analyzing Paint Samples

1145-1245     Working Lunch with Presentation: “The Chemistry of Art Restoration” – Dr Jefferies or Dr Kelly

1245-1330  Laboratory Experiments #3

                      Group A:  Making a Paint Pigment

                       Group B:  Analyzing Paint Samples

                       Group C:  Art Restoration and Cleaning or Making Crayons

1330-1400 Final wrap-up of the day’s events (2N189)

1400   Depart chemistry area for Cadet Field House

* (Note:  “Analyzing Paint Samples” will involve the use of the Scanning Electron Microscope and/or MALDI, an advanced mass spectrometry technique.  Both are really cool!)