Preservation at BnF : laboratory

Laboratory: methods

Microbiology unit

boites de Pétri
  • Microbiological analysis of works affected by mold by way of surface sampling, including identification of mold types and species
  • Sanitary assessment of storage premises, donations, and bequests by way of surface and/or air sampling 
  • Insect identification 
  • Monitoring of climate conditions using continuous temperature and relative humidity measurement systems 
  • Disinfection of contaminated works using ethylene oxide

Analysis unit

Appareillage pour chromatographie en phase liquide
  • Identifying materials by way of optical microscopy (fibrous composition, histological analysis, etc.)
  • Analysis of constituents and products of degradation using chromatographic and spectrometric methods: GPC/MS, HPLC, FTIR, UV-visible spectrophotometry, colorimetry, DSC, etc. 
  • Analysis of constituents and products of degradation using physical methods: SEM and elemental probe analysis, IR and fluorescent UV photography, emissiography, and X-ray diffraction. Since the BnF laboratory does not have the equipment needed to analyze inorganic compounds, such analysis is carried out using the equipment of partner laboratories (C2RMF, LRMH, CRCC, etc.). 
  • Mechanical materials testing using standardized tests of resistance to traction, tearing, folding, and splitting 
  • Accelerated aging tests using damp heat and light

Friday, July 1, 2016


Chemistry Section
Organic chemistry
- Stéphane Bouvet
- Alain Lefebvre

Inorganic chemistry
Nathalie Buisson

Biology - Preventive Conservation Section
- Caroline Laffont
- Clémentine Kumar
- Valentier Rottier

- Valentin Rottier