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Hayley Simon 

Characterising marine archaeological iron degradation and the efficacy of treatments to date: worth a shot?

 

Email: Hayley.simon.15@ucl.ac.uk
Section: Archaeological Sciences

Supervisors:

  • Ian Freestone
  • John Merkel
  • Eleanor Schofield (Mary Rose Trust)
  • Giannantonio Cibin (Diamond Light Source)
  • Robert Turner (EURA conservation)
Profile

Characterising marine archaeological iron degradation and the efficacy of treatments to date: worth a shot?

My research project aims to assess the impact of conservation treatment on iron corrosion, through the analysis of a set of 1,248 cast iron shot from the shipwreck of Henry VIII's flagship the Mary Rose. Having begun as a relatively uniform set, after excavation the shot were treated using a range of conservation methods and have been exposed to different environmental conditions.

Over the course of the PhD, the shot will be analysed with a combination of laboratory- and synchrotron-based methods to determine the corrosion phases present, the chlorine content and distribution, and corrosion rate post-conservation.

Funding

EPSRC and Diamond Light Source, part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA CDT)

Education

    • MChem, Chemistry, University of Warwick, 2015
    • MRes, Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology, UCL, 2016
    Publications

    Simon, H.J., van Agthoven, M.A., Lam, P.Y., Floris, F., Chiron, L., Delsuc, M.-A., Rolando, C., Barrow, M.P., O'Connor, P.B., 2016. Uncoiling collagen: a multidimensional mass spectrometry study. Analyst 141, 157-165. doi:10.1039/C5AN01757B