Dr Thibaut Devièse

Thibaut Deviese 101x135 Szu Shen Wong 180x135 Dr Thibaut Devièse visiting from the University of Oxford in October-December 2017 will be hosted by Dr Szu Shen Wong, in the School of Pharmacy.

With an academic background in analytical chemistry and a PhD which focused on funeral rituals in burials from the end of the Roman Empire, Dr Thibaut Devièse joined the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art in Oxford in 2014.

His work is mainly focused on the development of new methods for the extraction, characterisation and/or purification of organic materials from different archaeological matrix using chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques. He is currently the Principal Investigator on an AHRC funded project ‘ From natural resources to packaging, an interdisciplinary study of skincare products over time’. His research interests include improving the sample preparation for radiocarbon dating of archaeological bones, the study of organic residues on stone tools and the study of natural organic colorants (dyes and pigments) in archaeological and ethnographic textiles.

During his visit Thibaut will be working with Szu on questions which emerged from their collaboration on the AHRC project. The main aim of the fellowship is to explore the active ingredients and pharmaceutical properties in skincare substances used in the past and preserved in archaeological and historical objects conserved in museum collections . The work will focus on product formulation and the absorption of the active ingredients and will determine whether they have the potential to be reintroduced into today’s pharmaceutical market.

If you would like to know more about the plans for Dr Devièse’s Fellowship or would like to meet Thibaut during his visit as an Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences Fellow please contact Jo Flynn.