Glossary of Terms

Terms by Taylor Whitney

This is the glossary of Terms for Taylor Whitney’s article The platinum print: a catalyst for discussion. Feel free to contribute to the glossary with other alternative processes terms or words by emailing us.

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Ferric
Containing iron, especially with a valence of three. Encarta © World English Dictionary © 1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. (Taylor Whitney)
Ferrous
Containing iron with a valence of two. Encarta© World English Dictionary © 1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. (Taylor Whitney)
Oxalate
A salt or ester of oxalic acid. Encarta© World English Dictionary © 1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. (Taylor Whitney)
Oxalic acid
A colorless poisonous acid found in plants as an oxalate and synthetically made for use in bleaching, dyeing, and cleaning. H2C2O4 Encarta© World English Dictionary © 1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. (Taylor Whitney)
Oxidation-reduction reaction
Oxidation is loss of electrons, reduction is gain of electrons. The transfer of electrons from the atom that is oxidized to the atom that is reduced. Brown, Theodore L., H. Eugene LeMay, Jr. and Bruce E. Bursten.-8th ed. Chemistry: the central science. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc, 2000. (Tayolor Whitney)
Photons
The smallest increment (a quantum) of radiant energy. Brown, Theodore L., H. Eugene LeMay, Jr. and Bruce E. Bursten.-8th ed. Chemistry: the central science. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc, 2000. (Tayolor Whitney)
Polymer
A large molecule of high molecular mass, formed by the joining together, or polymerization, of a large number of molecules of low molecular mass. Brown, Theodore L., H. Eugene LeMay, Jr. and Bruce E. Bursten.-8th ed. Chemistry: the central science. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc, 2000. (Tayolor Whitney)
Precipitate
An insoluble substance that forms in, and separates from a solution. Brown, Theodore L., H. Eugene LeMay, Jr. and Bruce E. Bursten.-8th ed. Chemistry: the central science. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc, 2000. (Tayolor Whitney)
Sizing
Material added to paper to increase its water repellency. Barnier, John, ed. Coming into Focus. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2000. (Taylor Whitney)
Tactitility – (tactile)
Tactitility – (tactile) – relating to or used for the sense of touch. Encarta© World English Dictionary © 1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. (Taylor Whitney)
Ultraviolet
Radiation with ultraviolet wavelengths. Radiation of this kind is a component of sunlight and is the light that makes exposed skin become darker. Encarta © World English Dictionary © 1999 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. (Taylor Whitney)
Valence
The outermost electron of an atom, the atom uses the valence for bonding. Brown, Theodore L., H. Eugene LeMay, Jr. and Bruce E. Bursten.-8th ed. Chemistry: the central science. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc, 2000. (Tayolor Whitney)

 


Taylor Whitney is an archivist of private and corporate collections. She is President and Founder of Preserving the Past, headquartered in Los Angeles, California. She may be reached via her website: preservethepast.com or by email.
Whitney is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, a program offered jointly by Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, and George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. imagearts.ryerson.ca/photopreservation/

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