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Computationally-Based Imaging of Structure in Materials

CuBISM was a five-year interdisciplinary research and education program at the intersection of science and art, focusing on art as a catalyst for the development of innovative and holistic approaches to change over time in complex materials systems. Through computationally-based imaging of structure in the materials used to create works of art, the central challenge was to tie the visual appearance of painted surfaces to the underlying molecular and microscopic material structures and to use this correlation to investigate material properties.

Funded by the National Science Foundation's Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) program, this project leveraged expertise and resources from Northwestern University, the Art Institute of Chicago, and leading cultural heritage institutes in the Netherlands, France, and Italy.

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US-Dutch International Research Experiences for Students

Each summer, one undergraduate andĀ four graduate students conduct cultural heritage-related basic research in the Netherlands for eight weeks.

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