RFD 12-13
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About Us
The Men Behind the Mission

The NRLC has a team of professionally trained conservation scientists and conservators. The conservators are drawn from chemistry and fine arts disciplines, and conservation scientists comprise of mostly chemists, some biologists and one each of physics and geology. The total strength of technical persons in NRLC is 54.

Analytical Division: To conduct research and analysis of archeological, ethnographical objects, metal, stone, paintings etc. The division is well equipped with sophisticated instruments of XRF/XRD,SEM-EDAX, AAS,IR,HPLC,etc. Recently we equipped with sophisticated micro-XRF(Artax 200) and Portable XRD(D2 Phaser) systems.

Biodeterioration Division: This division carries out studies involving damaged museum materials, monuments & buildings by various living organisms like fungi, algae, insects, etc.This division is having sophisticated Research microscopes, BOD incubator, Environmental chamber,etc.

Conservation Division: This division gives technical assistance to museums, archaeological departments, archives, and other institutions. Conservation treatment of all types of deterioration is done here.

Metal division: This division is engaged in developing better methods of conservation for the objects, besides making efforts to improve upon the existing ones.This division is also carrying out the metallographic study of various metal objects.This division is having the metallurgical microscopes, Ultrasonic thickness gauze, Micro hardness tester , etc.

Paper Division: This division caters to the need of research for evolving better methods of conservation of archival materials. This division is having Folding endurance tester, Tensile strength tester,etc.

Stone Division: This division has with it a multitude of facilities for carrying out a number of studies like chemical, physical, mineralogical and petrological characterization of deteriorated samples. The instruments available with this division are Stone cutting and grinding equipment, Material testing machine, UV spectrophotometer, Mercury porosimeter, etc.


The Regional Centre
To further the activities of the NRLC in an effective manner, a regional centre of NRLC for the Southern region, named as the Regional Conservation Laboratory (RCL), is functioning at Sidhartha Nagar,Mysore. The RCL, Mysore was established in 1986. The staff strength of RCL, Mysore is 24. Regional centers in the north east,west east, and central India are proposed and will be opened in stages.

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