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27. Sep. 2022

Leibniz Magazine publishes an article by our former colleague Herbert Juling in its series "Ich bin dann mal forschen...". It is an exciting look back at his research work in the 1980s and 1990s, during which a special idea was born. At the IWT, Herbert Juling was responsible for the department Analytical building material microscopy. As a scientist working in the field of historic preservation, he and his colleagues invented the "mobile research station", which they used to travel to old walls and take samples and examine them on site. One of the first uses of the mobile led to an old painting from the 12th century, on which they were able to detect lapis lazuli, which was very unusual for the time and the origin of the painting. The idea of the "mobile research station" developed more and more in the following years and even became internationally known. At the end of the 1990s, they received an order in China for the restoration of the famous Terracotta Arms. The exciting review of Juling's research years can be read in full here.