Degree completed in 2016.

Improving non-destructive techniques for in situ stone weathering research

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Academic Profile

Katrin is a DPhil candidate in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford, and within it a member of the Oxford Rock Breakdown Laboratory (OxRBL). Her current studies are funded by Proceq© and EPSRC. After working as a stone mason and practical conservator for several years, she studied cultural heritage conservation science. In 2011 she graduated with a Diploma in Art Technology, Restoration and Conservation Science from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. The dissertation focussed on ancient roman wall plaster techniques (II.Style) and the research was conducted at the Casa di Obellio Firmo in Pompeii, Italy. With her current research in the field of heritage stone conservation science she aims at bridging the gap between practice and science. The focus of her thesis is on improving non-destructive analysis methods in order to investigate the state of preservation of architectural heritage.

Current Research

  • Improvement of non-destructive analysis methods for on-site application at heritage sites
  • Salt induced stone weathering of architectural heritage

The field of architectural heritage conservation is highly interdisciplinary, and in her research Katrin draws together the fields of art history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and statistics. By combining these disciplines and applying them to conservation science, Katrin develops methodologies and recommendations for good preservation practices. In particular, she is looking to improve non-destructive methods for on-site analysis of cultural heritage sites. Furthermore, the results of the non-destructive investigations enhancing the understanding of stone deterioration processes in-situ.

Katrin has been involved in a variety of international research projects, including:

Awards and Funding
  • 2011 - EPSRC Studentship
  • 2011 - Proceq Research Grant
  • 2012 - DAAD Doctoral Research Grant

Publications

Turkey, Gaziantep, Dülük Baba Tepesi, excavation site

Fig. 1 - Turkey, Gaziantep, Dülük Baba Tepesi, excavation site

Turkey, Gaziantep, Dülük Baba Tepesi, aerial image of excavation site

Fig. 2 - Turkey, Gaziantep, Dülük Baba Tepesi, aerial image of excavation site

Turkey, Gaziantep, Dülük Baba Tepesi, Hellenistic floor in the front and Iron Age walls in the upper left corner

Fig. 3 - Turkey, Gaziantep, Dülük Baba Tepesi, Hellenistic floor in the front and Iron Age walls in the upper left corner

Turkey, Gaziantep, Dülük Baba Tepesi, testing surface hardness changes with Proceq© Equotip Piccolo 2 after application of consolidating slurry on limestone

Fig. 4 - Turkey, Gaziantep, Dülük Baba Tepesi, testing surface hardness changes with Proceq© Equotip Piccolo 2 after application of consolidating slurry on limestone

Italy, Pompeii, Quadriporticus overview

Fig. 5 - Italy, Pompeii, Quadriporticus overview

Italy, Pompeii, Quadriporticus, room 006 (NE), application of Proceq© Equotip Piccolo 2

Fig. 6 - Italy, Pompeii, Quadriporticus, room 006 (NE), application of Proceq© Equotip Piccolo 2

UK, Oxford, St Mary's church the Virgin, 14th century, variety of limestones from different centuries, application of Proceq© Pundit Lab<sup>+</sup>

Fig. 7 - UK, Oxford, St Mary's church the Virgin, 14th century, variety of limestones from different centuries, application of Proceq© Pundit Lab+