Jennifer Poulin

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science Division

Main areas of work and/or specializations

  • natural and synthetic dyes
  • amber and resinites
  • artists' materials
  • archaeological materials
  • Asian and European lacquers
  • gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)


Jennifer Poulin

Jennifer earned a B.Sc.(Hons) in Chemistry from Acadia University in 1992 and an M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry, specializing in gas chromatography, from Dalhousie University in 1995. She has worked in the analysis of natural products since 1996 and began work at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) in 2003, where she is currently a Senior Conservation Scientist. She specializes in the analysis of organic components in museum objects using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS).

Jennifer Poulin developed a novel methodology for the identification of natural and early synthetic dyes on textiles using GC-MS, and this is a primary research interest for her. She has also undertaken research on the characterization of Canadian amber; natural and synthetic paint-binding media; organic residues on archaeological objects; and natural varnishes and lacquers used as furniture finishes. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and is co-author of Jean Paul Riopelle: the Artist's Materials, the second book in the Artists' Materials series published by the Getty Conservation Institute.

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