Philip Fletcher


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Philip trained as an analytical chemist and now specialises in the analysis of inorganic materials (particularly glass), deterioration products and previous repair materials.

He also measures concentrations of museum pollutant gasses such as formic and acetic acid along with measuring levels of dust deposition. He is responsible for liaising with Information Systems for the CDS department as well as managing the chemical stores and organising chemical disposal.

Before joining the museum Philip spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, researching automated methods of analytical chemistry, and prior to this was a PhD student at the University of Plymouth.

Current projects

Provenancing of Egyptian limestone stelae

Study of the deterioration of glass and enamel in the British Museum

Burmese lime boxes – a technical study.

Corrosion of lead in Japanese lacquer boxes.

Analysis of dirt layers on stone objects

Comparative assessment of potentiostatic with galvanostatic electrolytic reduction of lead.

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Member of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC)

Recent publications

H. Mommsen, M. R. Cowell, P. Fletcher, D. Hook, U. Schlotzhauer, A. Villing, S. Weber, D. Williams, 'Neutron Activation Analysis of Pottery from Naukratis and other Related Vessels', in U. Schlotzhauer and A. Villing (eds.) Naukratis: Greek diversity in Egypt. (London, The British Museum Research Publication Number 162, 2006), pp. 69-76

P.J. Fletcher, J.F. van Staden, 'Determination of Ethanol in Distilled Liquors Using Sequential Injection Analysis with Spectrophotometric Detection', Analytica Chimica Acta, 499(1-2) (2003), pp. 123-128

P.J. Fletcher, J.F. van Staden, 'Determination of Carbonate and Hydrogencarbonate by Titration Using Sequential Injection Analysis', Analytica Chimica Acta, 485(2) (2003) pp. 187-194

P.J. Fletcher, K. N. Andrew, S. Forbes, P. J. Worsfold, 'Automated Flow Injection Analyzer with On-Line Solid-Phase Extraction and Chemiluminescence Detection for the Determination of Dodecylamine in Diesel Fuels', Analytical Chemistry, 75(11) (2003), pp. 2618-2625

P.J. Fletcher, K. N. Andrew, A. C. Calokerinos, S. Forbes, P. J. Worsfold, 'Analytical Applications of Flow Injection with Chemiluminescence Detection- A Review', Luminescence, 16(1) (2001), pp. 1-23