Pittcon 2023: Jim Grinias on Future Trends: Our Exclusive Full-Length Interview with Jim Grinias

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At Pittcon 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LCGC spoke with Jim Grinias of Rowan University. This full-length interview highlights one of three interviews that LCGC conducted at Pittcon.

Grinias spoke during the LCGC Award Symposium, delivering a talk titled “Progress Towards a Capillary-Scale Parallel 2D-LC System.”

Grinias’s research background focuses on the fundamental development of liquid chromatography (LC) columns in capillaries and microfluidic devices. The Grinias laboratory also conducts research in understanding the physical processes beyond bed structure that impact column performance, which include extracolumn effects and frictional heating. The group’s work also applies LC and mass spectrometry (MS) instrumentation to solve analytical problems in neuroscience and molecular physiology.

LCGC sat down with Grinias to discuss the following topics:

  • The advantages of compact and portable LC instruments (00:15–01:17).
  • The challenges involved in transferring analytical-scale LC separations to compact systems using capillary LC (01:18–02:13).
  • The benefits and challenges of applying capillary LC to 2D–LC separations (02:17–03:22)
  • Whether 3D printing will be useful to analytical chemistry in the future (03:23–05:07)
  • How Grinias's students started using microcontrollers and single-board computers in their instruments, and what the future of this approach is (05:08–06:48)
  • The role AI has to play in analytical chemistry (06:49–08:25)
  • Grinias's role in the ACS SCSC (08:26–10:00)
  • How the curriculum for separation science education should be developed going forward, and whether we need to rethink it (10:01–11:29).

Our interview with Grinias was one of three conducted live at Pittcon 2023. To watch our other Pittcon interview series segments, click below:

Live at Pittcon 2023: Our Exclusive Interview with Emanuela Gionfriddo

Live at Pittcon 2023: Our Exclusive Interview with Peter Schoenmakers