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Tuesday May 9, 2017 7:00 AM - Thursday May 11, 2017 4:00 PM
Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN  (map)

38th Annual Minnesota Chromatography Forum Spring Symposium

May 9th - May 11th
May 9th: Short Courses
May 10th: Short Course & Open House Event
May 11th: Technical Presentations


Tuesday & Wednesday, May 9-10
Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN

Course Fee: $495 Registration Deadline: May 2

Advanced HPLC & UHPLC Method Development Using Quality by Design (QbD)
Instructor: John Dolan

The central tenant of Quality by Design (ICH Q8') is that quality cannot be tested into a product – instead it must be designed into the product. When the product is an HPLC or UHPLC method, QbD strategies can guide the development process to result in a standardized method development process, more easily validated methods, and methods that are easier to use and adjust in routine applications.

This 1.5- day class is designed for laboratory workers involved in HPLC method development as well as those who must transfer of existing methods into a routine laboratory. The class focuses on separation fundamentals and applies them in a time-proven strategy that applies QbD principles to developing robust HPLC methods quickly. The use of UHPLC and/or new particle technologies can enhance comprehensive method development using QbD. Based on the instructor’s extensive experience in a laboratory supporting pharmaceutical and bioanalytical methods, the attendees should gain practical skills to develop realistic HPLC methods in a short time. The techniques can be used as a stand-alone strategy or added to existing development procedures to help streamline the process. The course content assumes a basic understanding of HPLC, but not necessarily experience in method development. Students will be introduced to HPLC method development software to help find satisfactory separation conditions. Attendees will receive a comprehensive set of course notes, including copies of all visual materials presented.

Comprehensive GC & GC-MS Troubleshooting
Instructor: Rick Rossiter

Every practicing chromatographer is going to meet trouble sometime.
This 1 ½ day course will help you:
· Recognize when something is wrong
· Brainstorm possible causes for the problem
· Use information you may already have to narrow down these possibilities
· Suggest simple tests you might do to confirm the actual cause
· Know what you can do to fix the problem
· Know when to call in reinforcements

Analytical Sampling and Sample Preparation for Chromatography
Instructor: Douglas Raynie

This short course is designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the role of sampling and sample preparation in chromatography. Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will have an understanding of sampling consideration and approaches, and sample preparation strategies. The course will begin by discussing the role of sampling, sample types, sample size, sample storage and handling, etc. Next, general laboratory skills that are often overlooked, but which greatly impact the overall analysis, will be reviewed. The heart of the course will be the presentation of traditional and newly developed chemical extraction methods for sample preparation. Finally, post-extraction sample treatment will be addressed. Throughout the course practical and theoretical aspects of the outlined topics and application case studies will be presented.

For registration information, refer to the MCF website: www.minnchrom.com


Wednesday, May 10 12pm – 6pm
Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN

Cost: No Charge for OPEN HOUSE

12:00pm – 6pm Equipment Exhibition – Exhibit Area
12:00pm – 1pm Special Topic Discussion Session
1:00 pm – 5 pm Vendor Seminars
3:30pm – 6 pm Reception in the Exhibit Area


Thursday, May 11 7:30am – 4pm
Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN

Cost: $150 Registration (by May 2)
$170 Registration (at the door)
$ 80 Registration (Retirees)

7:30am – 3pm Registration Desk is Open
8:40am – 9am Opening Session
9:00am – 10am Keynote Presentation: Paul Mahaffy, NASA
10:00am – 4pm Equipment Exhibition – Exhibit Area
10:00am Refreshments in the Exhibit Area
10:40am Morning Technical Sessions
12:00pm Luncheon
1:20pm Early Afternoon Technical Sessions
2:40pm Refreshments in the Exhibit Area
3:20pm Late Afternoon Technical Sessions

Keynote Speaker: Paul R. Mahaffy, PhD
Director - Solar System Exploration Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Paul Mahaffy is the Director of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He has participated for many years at Goddard Space Flight Center in the study of planetary atmospheres and the development of space qualified instrumentation. His main research interests are: (1) Planetary science, especially chemical and isotopic composition of planetary atmospheres and comets, (2) Advanced instrument development for organic and light isotope analysis in planetary targets, and (3) Analog studies for martian and cometary materials including both laboratory and field work.

Keynote Presentation: “Exploration of Martian Habitability with the Curiosity Rover”

Abstract - The Curiosity Rover has been on the surface of Mars for more than 4 years exploring the geology and chemistry of what was once a large lake billions of years ago. The goal of the mission is to understand the habitability of Mars, especially that of the ancient environment. Could microbial life have existed in this environment? The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) investigation of this rover conducts volatile and isotope measurements of both the atmosphere and solids to help elucidate ancient environmental conditions and the global changes that have transformed Mars over time. Chromatography is important for the search for organic compounds in rocks with SAM’s gas chromatograph mass spectrometer experiment. Key measurements from SAM, to date, include the first in situ detection of organics preserved in these rocks for billions of years, the first in situ exposure age and K/Ar rock formation age, detection of perchlorates in rocks and soils, measurement of the D/H ration of water that formed clays more than 3 billion years ago, and detection of methane in the atmosphere. The Curiosity Rover is presently on the flanks of Mt. Sharp and headed toward distinct clay and sulfate rich layers higher up on this central mound in Gale crater. These and other ongoing exciting discoveries from the mission will be described.

For further information and online registration information: www.minnchrom.com

For the final Technical Program and Abstracts: www.minnchrom.com

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