About the institute
The Rathgen-Forschungslabor (Rathgen Research Laboratory) is the leading institute for conservation science, art technology and archaeometry at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. It investigates museum objects and materials of all kinds and conducts scientific research into the preservation of historical monuments and archaeological sites.
As the main contact for conservation science at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Rathgen-Forschungslabor is responsible for raising funds and conducting long-term research projects. It also provides services based on its theoretical and methodological expertise to its partners and clients within the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and beyond.
The laboratory is well-equipped with modern instruments that enable a wide range of tests and analyses, such as optical, digital and environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM/EDS), portable and conventional X-ray fluorescence (µ-XRF and XRF) spectrometry, X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared (FT-IR), Raman and UV-Vis spectroscopy, multispectral imaging (UV-Vis-IR), microfading tests (MFT), pyrolysis-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS), non-destructive ultrasonic-testing, and other instrumental methods to determine the physico-mechanical properties of materials. It also has artificial ageing chambers for climatic simulation, and mobile systems to monitor the physical and chemical environments in the museums’ collections.