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Pittcon 2012 plenary lecture announced

August 30, 2011

The Column

The Column, The Column-08-22-2011, Volume 7, Issue 15

The Pittcon Programme Committee has announced that Dr R. Graham Cooks, Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor, Analytical Chemistry, Purdue University, Illinois, US, will deliver the Pittcon 2012 Plenary Lecture, titled ?Ambient Ionization and Mini Mass Spectrometers: In-situ MS for Everyone?.

The Pittcon Programme Committee has announced that Dr R. Graham Cooks, Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor, Analytical Chemistry, Purdue University, Illinois, US, will deliver the Pittcon 2012 Plenary Lecture, titled “Ambient Ionization and Mini Mass Spectrometers: In-situ MS for Everyone”. The plenary lecture will be part of the opening session for the event, which will be held in the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA, 11–15 March 2012.

The 2012 Pittcon Programme Chairman Joseph Grabowski commented, “We are very honoured to have Professor Graham Cooks as our plenary speaker. Professor Cooks’ research and instrument developments have been applied to societal issues ranging from the safety of food products, novel detection techniques in forensics, both routine and sophisticated analyses in the pharmaceutical industry, and to security at the airport, among others. His development of instruments and techniques applicable to the analytical chemistry aspects of life sciences enhance and complement our programme, which offers a significant number of presentations and posters directly related to the life sciences.”

Professor Cooks received degrees from the University of Natal, South Africa (now QuaZulu-Natal) and Cambridge University, UK. His interests involve construction of mass spectrometers and their use in fundamental studies and applications. His involvement in minimizing sample work-up and avoiding chromatography contributed to the development of the ambient ionization methods, including desorption electrospray ionization (DESI).

For more information about the event visit www.pittcon.org

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