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 Joanne Kehlbeck , professor of Chemistry


Few faculty members span more STEM disciplines than Joanne Kehlbeck, professor of chemistry. Research in the Kehlbeck Lab falls into three major categories: chemical biology, chemical ecology and material science. Here’s a look at one of her more popular courses and some research collaborations:

A passion for pigment

Working with physics professor Seyfollah Maleki, she sought to understand how this highly prized deep blue-violet pigment used by painters over the millennia degrades with the passing of time. Such research could help art conservationists determine the unknown dates of some old paintings. “As the pigment ages, its chemistry changes, affecting its original color," Maleki notes. "And so a lot of the indigo pigment that was once bright blue is now yellowish.

A swatch of the color indigo