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Andrew Davis

Library of Congress
Chemist
Washington, DC
Dr. Andrew Davis is a chemist and polymer scientist in Library of Congress’s Preservation Research and Testing Division. He is currently focused on collections preservation by studying the fundamental degradation science of polymer-based materials, including paper, film, and modern media. His work has included research and presentations on magnetic audio tapes, repair adhesives, and the test books from the William Barrow laboratory. Andrew is also involved in work to better understand the role of light, oxygen, and the environment in the fugitive nature of materials in order to better enable public display of light-sensitive objects. Andrew received his PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to the Library of Congress, he has worked in the Central Research Laboratories of 3M where he researched how photochemical processes affect polymers, adhesives, and colored materials. Andrew is actively involved in STEM outreach programs and laboratory volunteer opportunities for high school and college students.