Pittcon 2014 Preview

Jan 01, 2014
Volume 27, Issue 1

Pittcon 2014 will offer the opportunity to engage with new products and services from instrument vendors, participate in a diverse educational technical programme, and engage with colleagues from around the world in the one place. The conference will be held from 2–6 March 2014 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, USA.

Pittcon is held annually and offers attendees the chance to explore, evaluate, and compare the latest analytical and ancillary equipment from leading companies. It is estimated that approximately 50% of exhibitors launch new products and technologies at the event, giving visitors a first-hand opportunity to find out about the latest developments. Technical experts will be on hand to give advice on critical issues and solutions, as well as offering live product demonstrations. There will be an opportunity to attend exhibitor seminars that provide valuable insight into functionality and applications. Several speciality areas will be open on the floor including: The New Exhibitor and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMSs) sections along with the Japanese and German pavilions.

Technical Programme

A key feature of the conference is the diverse technical programme. Beginning on Sunday 2 March, the programme features symposia, contributed and oral sessions, workshops, awards, and posters presented by world-renowned speakers. The opening session will feature the Wallace H. Coulter Plenary Lecture, "Quantitative Proteomics in Biology, Chemistry, and Medicine", presented by Steven A. Carr, director of proteomics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (Massachusetts, USA). Carr will discuss the new era of quantitative biology that has been enabled by mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomic technologies. Other highlights of interest are:
  • New Wave of Gas Chromatography, by Milton L. Lee, Brigham Young University (Utah, USA), will present new developments in gas chromatography (GC) that promise a new wave of GC instruments of reduced size, improved speed, and improved resolution.
  • Ion Mobility Separations in Proteomics and Structural Biology, presented by Alexandre A. Shvartsburg, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Washington, USA), will focus on how ion mobility separations (IMS) hybridized to MS have emerged as a powerful analytical approach.
  • Method Development Strategies for Two-Dimensional Liquid Chromatography, by Dwight Stoll, Gustavus Adolphus College (Minnesota, USA), will bring together several experts in 2D LC from a variety of backgrounds to present their perspective on best practices for method development in 2D LC.
  • Imaging Mass Spectrometry of Biological Tissues and Cell Cultures, by Amanda B. Hummon, University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA), will show how imaging mass spectrometry is a growing area of biological research, with new developments in ionization and sample preparation.
  • Advances in Mass Spectrometry Based on Ultrashort Pulse Laser Technology, by Martin E. Fermann, IMRA America Inc. (Michigan, USA), will offer a state-of-the-art account of the various prevalent directions in ultrashort pulse mass spectrometry, comprising improved methods for desorption, vaporization, and ionization using fs and ps pulses.
  • Capillary Liquid Chromatography — A Powerful Tool in Analytical Chemistry, by Stephen G. Weber, University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA), will discuss how using capillary columns allows one to minimize waste and concentration sensitivity, interface with the dominant detectors, easily control temperature, and accommodate novel stationary phase structures.
  • Liquid Chromatography in Microfluidics: A Workhorse Tool is Going Small Scale, by Adam T. Woolley, Brigham Young University (Utah, USA), will provide information on recent innovations of microfluidic systems that combine multiple on-chip sample preparation processes with subsequent electrophoretic separation. These miniaturized systems are automated and use small volumes of samples and reagents, offering excellent potential for rapid biomarker analysis.
  • Clinical Analysis: The Next Frontier in Mass Spectrometry, by Timothy J Garrett, University of Florida (Florida, USA), will assemble scientists from both the research and clinical fields to discuss new and old mass spectrometry tools being used in clinical analysis and offers attendees the opportunity to discuss the potential for MS in patient-oriented analyses.

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