chemical analyst and senior scientist
National Gallery, London
David Peggie obtained a Masters degree in Chemistry at The University of Edinburgh (2002) and then a PhD (2006) for research into the identification of dyes on historical textiles (in collaboration with the National Museum of Scotland). He then joined the scientific department at the National Gallery, London as an Organic analyst, where he uses a variety of chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques for the characterisation of materials in support of conservation treatments and for the understanding of painting technique. His main research interests include the analysis of natural products (such as oils, varnishes and dyestuffs) and the investigation of their deterioration.