The 16th International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology (HTC-16)

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Column, The Column-11-06-2019, Volume 15, Issue 11
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HTC-16 will be held from 29–31 January 2020 in Ghent, Belgium. This event preview offers a sneak peak of what to expect.

The 16th International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology (HTC-16) will be held from 29–31 January 2020 in Ghent, Belgium. The symposium is organized under the auspices of the Royal Flemish Chemical Society (KVCV) in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

The HTC-16 conference is a leading platform for state-of‑the‑art developments in separation technologies and hyphenated techniques. The conference will have three parallel sessions consisting of plenary lectures, keynote lectures, tutorials, as well as oral and poster‑flash presentations. One of the parallel sessions is dedicated to emerging young scientists.

The symposium will also host an important technical exhibition where vendors present their newest instruments and developments, as well as technical seminars.

The symposium will cover a range of topics such as fundamental and practical aspects of liquid‑phase and gas chromatography (GC), including ultrahigh‑pressure liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (UHPLC–MS), two‑dimensional liquid chromatography (2D-LC), GC–MS, comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC)–MS, supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC), and much more. The programme will also cover sample preparation and hyphenation, advances in method development, strategies to achieve high peak capacity and high‑throughput analysis, and trends in handling complex data, data mining, and data curation. The conference will also address potential bottlenecks and describe trends and new technologies for a wide range of applications, including (bio-)pharmaceuticals, medical and clinical applications, food and beverages, environmental studies, and energy.


Outside the scientific sessions there will be abundant networking possibilities, including a beer-tasting event and a conference dinner. Plenary lectures will be given by Robert Kennedy (University of Michigan, United States); Emily Hilder (University of South Australia, Australia); Gert Desmet (Free University of Brussels, Belgium); and Pat Sandra (Research Institute for Chromatography, Belgium). Other sessions include dedicated sessions for “Innovations and Applications in Industry”, industry pitches, and an HTC YouTube contest.

Numerous awards will be presented at HTC-16. The 2020 HTC Innovation Award, which is sponsored by LCGC Europe, will be offered to a researcher below 45 years of age for “a pioneering contribution to the field of separation sciences by introducing new methodologies, new instrumentation, or new techniques in the field, with a strong focus on applicability”. The most innovative poster contributions will receive the HTC-Poster Awards.

Participants are invited to register and submit abstracts for review. All oral slots have been filled, but there is still opportunity to present posters and poster-flash presentations. Participants wishing to present a poster or poster-flash presentation should submit abstracts using the abstract submission menu available on the website.