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Image Permanence Institute

Oct 6th, 2011 -- research


The facilities of the IPI allow for the following:

• Environmental Management Products, including:

- A-D (Acid Detection) Strips for film collections

- Preservation Environment Monitors (PEM® and PEM2 dataloggers) and accessories, Climate Notebook® software, and PEMdata online data management and analysis

- Dew Point Calculator

• Consulting

- Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Consultations

- Media Collection Surveys and Storage Advice

• Testing Services for Imaging Materials and Archival Storage Products

• Image Stability Evaluations

- Abrasion Sensitivity Test

- Light-Fastness Test

- Air-Pollutant Sensitivity Test

- High-Humidity Sensitivity Test

• Photo-storage and Framing Materials Evaluations

- Photographic Activity Test (PAT)

- pH and Alkaline Reserve Tests



The IPI is made up of several labs, listed below with specific details:


Microscopy Lab

Axial light to document surface gloss

Light raking to emphasize texture

UV to induce fluorescence

Incubation Lab

13 temperature/humidity chambers

2 dry ovens

Walk-in chamber

Light Fading Lab

3 light fade units

Climate controlled environment

Chemistry Lab

Acidity testing

Testing of enclosure materials

Pollution Studies Lab

2 custom built 21-cubic-foot air pollutants test chambers

Instrumentation Lab

Sample preparation

Color and gloss measurement

Image analysis

Dr. Peter Z. Adelstein Library

100,000 photographs

IPI Research Collection

Mounted art reproductions

Architectural photographs



For more information or assistance, please contact: