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Substituting SPME for noses in the detection and quantification of mothball vapors from textiles in the National Museum of the American Indian collection

  title={Substituting SPME for noses in the detection and quantification of mothball vapors from textiles in the National Museum of the American Indian collection},
  • Published 2014
Naphthalene is a volatile solid that often has been used as a pesticide to treat artifacts, particularly ethnographic material, and natural history collections. Naphthalene residues pose an ongoing health risk in museums and to communities that receive contaminated artifacts through cultural repatriation. The Museum of the American Indian disposed of its supply of “moth flakes” in 1985, but noxious residues remain on collections. It has been demonstrated that naphthalene vapors become stronger… Expand

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