Researcher

Dr Karen Louise Privat

Biography

Role

Major responsibility for managing research and training on the JEOL JXA-8500F Hyperprobe (EPMA), training and support across SEM & EDS platforms, and additional support for various instruments.

Interests

Archaeological Science - palaeodietary & palaeoenvironmental reconstruction via stable isotope analysis of floral and faunal remains; chemical analysis of artefacts using microscopy-based techniques (e.g. EPMA).

Additional active...view more

Role

Major responsibility for managing research and training on the JEOL JXA-8500F Hyperprobe (EPMA), training and support across SEM & EDS platforms, and additional support for various instruments.

Interests

Archaeological Science - palaeodietary & palaeoenvironmental reconstruction via stable isotope analysis of floral and faunal remains; chemical analysis of artefacts using microscopy-based techniques (e.g. EPMA).

Additional active collaborations in Geology and Materials Science & Engineering

Public outreach and integration of art & science - participation in Ku-ring-gai Art+Science project and exhibition at Manly Art Gallery & Museum (December 2016-February 2017)


My Qualifications

D.Phil. University of Oxford, UK (2005)

M.Sc. University of Sheffield, UK (1999)

B.A. Lawrence University, USA (1997)


My Research Activities

Archaeological Science:

  • EPMA analysis of glass vessels to investigate raw materials, manufacturing techniques, and trade/exchange mechanisms
  • SEM (& EDS) examination of ceramic vessel body and glaze morphology and composition to examine firing methodology, raw material sourcing and manufacturing logistics
  • Palaeodietary and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction via light stable isotope analysis of faunal and floral remains

 

Geology:

  • Reconstruction of formation processes and investigation of economic viability of deposits via EPMA analysis (collaborations with Graham group, UNSW School of BEES)

 

Materials Science & Engineering:

  • Development and characterisation of new industrial materials using waste streams as source components (collaborations with UNSW SMaRT Centre)
  • Mentor, SEM-EDS trainer and collaborator with students from Bassman group (Harvey Mudd College, USA) via US National Science Foundation IRES grant scheme

My Engagement

Collaboration with Bonita Ely (UNSW Art & Design) for Ku-ring-gai pH Art+Science project, 2016: "Sight - Cite - Site"

https://youtu.be/f31l1XrPun0 (from 14:30)

https://youtu.be/66DFePhGl9Q

 

 


My Teaching

Within UNSW MWAC, Electron Microscope Unit:

  • One-on-one teaching - SEM, EDS & EPMA
  • Development & delivery of teaching materials (presentations, workshops, instrument user guides)

 

Current or past involvement (lecturing and/or tutorials) in UNSW courses:

  • ARPH 2602
  • BIOS 3721
  • HIST 2668
  • CHEM 6041
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Location

Electron Microscope Unit
Chemical Sciences Building (F10), Basement
Kensington Campus, UNSW

Map reference (Google map)

Contact

+61293856468
+61293856400

Videos

A short featurette of one of the many instruments I use - and train researchers to use - in the EMU
Participants in the Ku-ring-gai pH Art+Science project reflect on their process in generating collaborative artworks for the final exhibition inspired by the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Bonita Ely & I are featured at 14:30-18:30, using the Hitachi S-3400N scanning electron microscope at the UNSW EMU to generate images for our work.
Bonita Ely (UNSW Art & Design) and I discuss our collaboration "Sight - Cite - Site" for the Ku-ring-gai pH Art+Science project, 2016-2017.
You Won't Find This at Home - Scanning Electron Microscope
Eramboo Artist Environment, "Impressions"
Scientist Karen Privat and artist Bonita Ely explain how they collaborated to create an installation in response to Ku-ring-gai National Park. Video by Lisa Roberts for LivingData