Learning with a purpose: a metals chemistry course centered on objects conservation

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Chemistry Teacher International
Corrosion is the visible result of redox reactions on multiple substrates, “rust” being the known, although this term only applies to iron and iron alloy objects. Using corrosion as a relatable example to teach redox eases this concepts’ understanding because its results are visually identifiable; both in everyday objects like door hinges, and in cultural heritage objects like cannons. This article concerns the latter class of objects, as they have the potential to engage people interested in fields that seem unrelated to chemistry. The reality is the opposite, as cultural heritage professionals assess objects used in humanities disciplines like archeology and history through the lens of science. This article discusses how conservators approach corrosion on cultural heritage objects and provides experiments for any base-knowledge and age-level students to learn about the process of corrosion and electrochemistry.
This article was originally published in Chemistry Teacher International. The version of record is available at: https://doi.org/10.1515/cti-2023-0010. © 2023 the author(s), published by De Gruyter.
art conservation, corrosion, redox, undergraduate
Hagerman, M. and Alcántara-García, J. (2023) Learning with a purpose: a metals chemistry course centered on objects conservation. Chemistry Teacher International. https://doi.org/10.1515/cti-2023-0010