Best of the Week: Sustainable lC, ACS Networking, ASMS Updates


This week, LCGC International published a variety of articles on the hottest topics in chromatography and beyond. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the most popular articles, according to our readers. Happy reading!

Applying Sustainability Concepts to Modern Liquid Chromatography

Tony Edge, Matt James

Climate change is impacting society in various ways, and as a consequence, large developments across the world have been made to shift from productivity and efficiency to becoming focused on society’s impact on the environment. Behaviors must be modified to create a better and more sustainable future. Governments are striving to implement policy changes towards a greater use of green technology, specifically around the generation of energy. Individuals and industrial organizations have also taken up the challenge, and now many companies are driving to significantly reduce their environmental footprint, or indeed become carbon negative within very short time frames (5–10 years). In this article, Tony Edge and Matt James of Avantor Sciences discuss how this change in attitude can be reflected in different liquid chromatography (LC) methods.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Launches New Mass Spec at ASMS

Caroline Hroncich

Earlier this week, Thermo Fisher Scientific announced the release of a new mass spectrometry (MS) platform and various updates to exisiting prodcuts at the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) conference in Anaheim, California. According to a press release, the new mass spectrometer, known as the Stellar, combines fast throughput, high sensitivity, and ease of use to allow researchers to advance their translational omics research and make breakthrough discoveries more efficiently.

Waters Launches New Mass Spectrometer, Highlights Work in Sustainability at ASMS 2024

Caroline Hroncich

During the 2024 American Society for Mass Spectroscopy (ASMS) conference in Anaheim, California, Waters made several big announcements. Most notably, a new mass spectrometer, the Xevo multi reflecting time-of-flight (MRT), was announced. Additionally, the company revealed receiving ACT Ecolabel certifications for 42 of its liquid chromatography columns. The ACT certification, which stands for accountability, consistency, and transparency, is given to manufacturers that demonstrate sustainability around the water use, packaging, and end-of-life process for analytical instruments.

Women in Mass Spectrometry: An Interview with Kemi Osho of the University of Nevada, Reno

Aaron Acevedo

Females in Mass Spectrometry (FeMS) is a community-led group that has developed a network of support for women working in mass spectrometry. For years, FeMS has supported events all over the world where women in mass spectrometry can gather and discuss their findings and career experiences. Each quarter, FeMS presents empowerment awards to members that demonstrate excellence both in their work and their support of women in science. This quarter, five awards were given out, with one recipient being Kemi Osho, a graduate teaching and research assistant at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Here, we interview Osho about her career in mass spectrometry, the empowerment award, and her work with FeMS.

ACS to Host Virtual Networking Session for Separation Scientists

Aaron Acevedo

The American Chemical Society (ACS), specifically the ACS Subdivision of Chromatography and Separations Chemistry, will be holding a virtual networking session on June 11, 2024, from 12–1 p.m. EST on career development for separation scientists. The workshop session, “Various Career Pathways for Aspiring Separation Scientists,” is meant to “enlighten the separation scientist about what are the various career pathways they can choose to pursue their dreams”. Experts from various fields, including pharmaceutical, instrumentation, petro-chemical, government labs, and academia, will share their insights and experiences with attendees.

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