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Katharina MÜLLER

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Research Interests and Activities :
Ingénieur de recherche CNRS : Analysis of ancient materials, archaeometry : focused on ancient biomaterials (ivory, bone and antler). Materials identification, study of aging phenomena, conservation, manufacturing techniques. X-ray and synchrotron methods : micro XRF/XRD, confocal micro XRF (3D-XRF), micro CT ; mobile instruments : XRF/XRD, VIS spectrometry ; other analytical techniques : Electron (SEM, TEM) and Optical Microscopy, Raman, FTIR, LIBS.

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Phone : +33-1-44278218

Qualifications and employment history :

Since 2012 Ingénieur de recherche, Laboratory of Molecular and Structural Archaeology (LAMS – UMR 8220 CNRS/UPMC) : Characterization of ancient biomaterials, responsible person for the mobile equipment

2008-2011 Post-Doc (2 years) and ingénieur de recherche, Laboratory of the Centre of Research and Restoration of the French Museums (LC2RMF - UMR 171) Paris : Characterization of ancient biomaterials (microPIXE/PIGE, FTIR, SEM, TEM, microCT)

2007-2008 Research associate, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing : Environmental probe analysis (IC, GC-ICP/MS, HPLC-ICP/MS)

2000-2006 Research associate, Technical University of Berlin : Doctoral theses in the fields of analytical chemistry and archaeometry - method development, characterization of historical glasses, manufacturing technique (LIBS, microXRF, electron microprobe) ; supervising of undergraduates

1997-1999 Research associate, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin : European research project, characterization of thin organic layers (FTIR, non-linear and electrochemical methods)

Selected Publications :

I. Reiche, K. Müller, E. Itié, M. Eveno, M. Menu : „Depth-profiling reveals multiple paint layers of Louvre Renaissance paintings using non-invasive compact confocal micro X-ray fluorescence.” Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 2012, 27, 1715-1724.

K. Müller & I. Reiche : “Differentiation of archaeological ivory and bone materials by micro-PIXE/PIGE with emphasis on two Upper Palaeolithic key sites : Abri Pataud and Isturitz.” Journal of Archaeological Science 2011, 3234-3243.

K. Müller, C. Chadefaux, N. Thomas, I. Reiche : “Microbial attack of archaeological bones versus high concentrations of heavy metals in the burial environment. A case study of animal bones from a mediaeval copper workshop in Paris.” Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 2011, 310 (1-2), 39-51.

I. Reiche, K. Müller, A. Staude, J. Goebbels, H. Riesemeier : „Synchrotron radiation and laboratory-based micro X-ray computed tomography – a useful tool for the material’s identification of the prehistoric objects made of ivory, bone or antler.“ Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 2011, 1802-1812.

C. Vercoutère, K. Müller, L. Chiotti, R. Nespoulet, A. Staude, H. Riesemeier and I. Reiche : “Rectangular beads from the Final Gravettian level of the abri Pataud : raw material identification and its archaeological implications.” ArcheoSciences 2011, 35, 259-271.

M. Lebon, K. Müller, J.-J. Bahain, F. Fröhlich, C. Falguères, L. Bertrand, C. Sandt and I. Reiche, “Imaging fossil bone alterations at the microscale by SR-FTIR microspectroscopy.” Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 2011, 26, 922-929.

K. Müller : „Farbloses Glas im Wandel der Zeit. Materialanalytische Untersuchungen an farblosen Gläsern des 13. bis 17. Jahrhunderts mit Hilfe der Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy und der Mikro-Röntgenfluoreszenzanalyse.“ Dissertation, TU Berlin, Mensch und Buch Verlag, Berlin 2006.