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Dr. Amanda J. Norbutus

Rollins College
Visiting Assistant Professor
Winter Park, FL
Amanda J. Norbutus, Ph.D., is a visiting assistant professor of chemistry at Rollins College (Winter Park, FL) where she works with the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and the Rollins College Archives with objects such as Mr. Rogers’ iconic sweater and shoes. She is a lecturer in the science of art materials, art conservation, as well as criminalistics and forensics at Rollins College and an instructor for the NSF Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops & Communities of Scholars “Advanced Chemistry and Art” workshops. She first became involved with cultural heritage science through the investigation into the materials and methods used in a Dutch-genre painting as part of her master's thesis research in analytical chemistry (M.S., Villanova University, 2008). Her research as a Mendel Science Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry at Villanova University (2012-2015) involved protective coatings for modern art and outdoor heritage, as well as analysis of painted materials for the “Conserving a Giant: Resurrecting Pietro da Cortona's Triumph of David” project. Amanda investigated the best practices of outdoor public mural production, protection, and preservation as part of her Preservation Studies Program doctoral research at the University of Delaware (2008-2012). Her current research focuses on the assessment of commercially available paints and protective outdoor coatings.