Zentrum für Bucherhaltung GmbH


The company has the leading position with respect to technical expertise among the European providers of conservation services and has the largest capacities for mass deacidification in Europe besides several specially developed techniques like the semi- industrial paper-splitting. ZFB has established a separate R&D department for development of new conservation methods and quality management. For chemical and physical investigations on paper, there is a laboratory available with permanent staff member. The ZFB – Zentrum fu?r Bucherhaltung GmbH has much experience in the field of book, paper, leather and textiles. Besides the necessary qualified personnel (amongst others two specialised graduate conservators), the company possesses all significant technologies (aqueous treatment, deacidification, paper stabilisation, cleaning methods, freeze-drying, different technologies for paper-stabilization etc.). The section of book binding conservation in the ZFB has wide experiences in the handling of leather, wood, metal and textile. ZFB has built up a little production facility for chemicals to produce new conservation media of their own.


Key Persons

Dr. Manfred Anders (Dipl. Chem.) is a specialist in Cellulose-, Paper- and Textile- Chemistry. PhD-Thesis on "Analysis of paper ageing and preservation of damaged papers by deacidification and consolidation." At the University of Stuttgart, Prof. K. Bredereck. 1990-1999: Technical College for Economy and Engineering in Reutlingen (Teaching assignment "Chemical analysis methods of textiles") 1993-1998: Steinbeis Transfer Center Textil Finishing in Reutlingen (Project manager- Management of international research projects concerning development of new finishing for textiles) 1997-today: Employed at ZFB Zentrum fu?r Bucherhaltung, Leipzig (Director of Research and Development Department - Deacidification of books, archival material, maps; further improvement of deacidification method; paper splitting; improvement of paper splitting machine, freeze drying of wet books, archival material etc.; mold combating on paper) 2002-today: Employed at ZFB Zentrum fu?r Bucherhaltung, Leipzig (Managing Director ZFB GmbH and ZFB Projektmanagement GmbH - Management of the company (personnel management, finances and RTD -Head of R&D) Since 2006 lectures at the University for Applied Sciences Hildesheim Since 1997 Course instructor at the Buchbinderkolleg Stuttgart (chemistry for conservators) 1999 - 2007 Member of the IADA board (professional association of paper conservators); Development of the professional journal „Papierrestaurierung“ Organizer of several IADA symposia (scripta 2000, 2001, 2002) Member of the “InkCor-Project” (EVK4-CT-2001-00049), EU thematic Network –MIP- Transition Metals In Paper (EVK4-CT-2002-20010) and is partner of the project: SurveNIR-Near Infrared Spectroscopy Tool for Collection Surveying (SSPI-006594) Member of the “Nanoforart-Project”


Dr. Stefan Du?mmling (Dipl. Chemist) is a very experienced and versatile Chemist, who has succesfully worked as developing scientist, engineer and project leader in the fields of electroanalytical chemistry, heating technology, mass deacidification technology and nano dispersions; advanced skills in literature and patent research and a broad range of experimental techniques. 2011 – present: ZFB Zentrum fu?r Bucherhaltung GmbH, Leipzig - Position: Development Engineer, Project Leader. Tasks: Thermodynamic calculations for the new ZFB mass deacidification plant (for books and paper files), quality control for mass deacidification. Development of a nano dispersion of calcium hydroxide in alcohol for the deacidification and strengthening of sandstones (EU project “nano for art”). Development and tests of nano dispersions for the treatment of old bookbinding leathers (EU project “nano for art”). Improvement of several chemical treatment methods in the field of conservation and restauration, for example: method for the fixing of colours before subsequent aqueous treatments, method for the deacidification of single sheets of papers with a nano suspension of calcium carbonate in water, methods for the treatment of iron gall ink corrosion. 2004 – 2011: ZFB Project Management GmbH, Leipzig -Position: Development Engineer, Project Leader. Tasks: Development of a new mass deacidification method for books and paper files. Preparation of nano dispersions in non polar solvents with chemical and mechanical methods (agitator ball mill), particle size measurements, project planning, patent- and literature research, thermodynamic and dimensioning calculations for several components of improved deacidification plant, fund raising.


Jana Moczarski was born 1975 in Suhl (Thuringia). After a three year education in the studio Lomp in Schlitz (Queck), she became a bookbinder with the intention to become a conservator of books and paper. She completed three years of practical training as preparation for the university, for example in the studio Martin Strebel in Hunzenschwil, Switzerland. She studied from 2000 to 2003 at the Fachakademie der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian Library Academy) in Munich and graduated with the title Staatliche Gepru?fte Restauratorin (graduated conservator for archival and library material). After graduation, she was conservator at the Philosophisch- Theologischen Hochschule Sankt Georgen (Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology Sankt Georgen) in Frankfurt/Main. As of 2003, she was entrusted with the installation of a conservation workshop and the establishment of a comprehensive preservation concept. As of 2006, she was the head of conservation at the Institut fu?r Stadtgeschichte (Institute for City History) in Frankfurt/Main. She published several essays in professional journals, reviews and lectures about her main topics: preservation, concepts for conservation and emergency plans. Since 2012, she is the head of conservation at the ZFB Zentrum fu?r Bucherhaltung GmbH (centre for book conservation) in Leipzig.