The Global Chemical Industries Summit: From Raw Material Identification to Fine and Specialty Chemicals Analysis for Hydrocarbons, Agrochemicals, and Pharmaceuticals (Day 3)



Thursday, October 21 at 10am EDT | 3pm BST | 4pm CEST and 1pm EDT | 12pm CDT | 10am PDT Discover the latest advances in instrumentation and applications for hydrocarbon processing, agrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals.

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Day 3: Agrochemicals


  • This fully virtual event will discuss current topics and analytical challenges facing the Agrochemical market and community. Participants and speakers will include global leaders and industry professionals, as well as academic and governmental scientists. PerkinElmer is pleased to provide this platform for the Agrochemical community to share their experience and work.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Explore analysis of Urea Feed Stock: ISO 19746 as well as hydrocarbon contamination detection
  • Learn a solvent-free IR method, ASTM D7575
  • Examine nanotechnology and molecular recognition testing solutions for Combining Nanotechnology and Molecular Recognition for Agriculture and Food


10:00am EDT – 10:30am EDT
Analysis of Urea in Urea-based Fertilizers by HPLC with UV Detection
Jamie Foss, Sr. Application Scientist, PerkinElmer

The focus of this presentation will be to present the determination of urea content in urea-based fertilizers by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) in accordance with ISO 19746. An overview of the analytical scope and methodology will be presented, and several examples will be given.

10:30am EDT – 11:00am EDT

Coming Soon

11:00am EDT – 11:30am EDT
Hydrocarbon Contamination Detection in Urea Feed Stock
Dr. Kapil Kumar, Title to come, SRF

Coming Soon

11:30am EDT – 12:00pm EDT
Quality Assurance, Feedback and Control, and Problem Mitigation for AgroChemicals Manufacturers Using FT-IR Instrumentation and ClearShot Extractor Technology
Dean Smith, Owner, VP for Engineering, Orono Spectral Solutions

This talk will provide details of a novel scientific approach to quality assurance, feedback and control, and problem mitigation for the agrochemical Industry. Orono Spectral Solutions (OSS) ClearShot Extractor Technology utilized in Perkin Elmer Spectrum II FTIR spectrometer will be described. Operational details and analytical method procedures related to agricultural products will be presented. The green chemistry principles and real-time data advantages of the technology will be explained. A real-life problem mitigation example that highlights the powerful and significant cost savings insight that this approach can provide will be presented.


Jamie Foss

Sr. Application Scientist


Dr. Kapil Kumar

Title to come


Dean Smith

Owner, VP for Engineering

Orono Spectral Solutions


1:00pm EDT – 1:30pm EDT
Combining Nanotechnology and Molecular Recognition for Agriculture and Food
Dr. Maria C. DeRosa, Professor, Carleton University

Today’s farmers face a daunting challenge: Feed 10 billion people by 2050 while at the same time reducing agriculture’s environmental footprint. To face this challenge, an agricultural revolution is underway with the emergence of the “smart farm” or precision agriculture. Precision agriculture is a farming approach where crop management decisions are informed by data from GPS and remote sensing, as well as modeling of biotic and abiotic conditions. However, to date, the majority of the data acquired relate to macroscale factors, such as surface temperature, soil moisture, drainage, etc. What if farmers were able to track the chemical reporters that provide a deeper understanding of crop and soil status at the molecular level? Molecular recognition technology, such as aptamers, could serve as building blocks for this new technology. In this presentation, we will discuss recent collaborative work that seeks to combine aptamer discovery and nanotechnology with the soil-crop ecology to develop aptamers for root exudates that serve as biomarkers for crop nutrient status. Applications in biosensing and nutrient delivery at the molecular level will be described.

1:30pm EDT – 2:00pm EDT
ASTM D7575. A Rapid, Green Method for Testing Hydrocarbon Contamination in Environmental Water Samples
Ian Robertson, Principal Application Scientist, PerkinElmer

Historically, Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy methods were widely used for quantifying oil, grease, and hydrocarbons in water samples. Prior to the Montreal Protocol in 1989, prohibiting the use of chlorinated solvents, most of the IR methods involved the extraction of hydrocarbons in water samples used carbon tetrachloride, CCl4 , as the extraction solvent. Alternative methods were required to replace these methods, with many laboratories moving away from IR methods. Some of these methods, such as EPA 1664, still use hazardous solvents for the extraction of hydrocarbons from water samples prior to gravimetric measurement. This presentation describes a solvent-free IR method, ASTM D-7575, that uses an IR-transmitting membrane material that will extract and retain the hydrocarbon species as a known quantity of water sample is passed through it.

2:00pm EDT – 2:30pm EDT
Measuring Impurities in Potash Fertilizers
Trace Yates, Tile coming soon, The Mosaic Company
Charlotte Brittain, Tile coming soon,The Mosaic Company
Andres Jimeno, Tile coming soon, The Mosaic Company

This presentation will discuss how Mosaic Company, the world’s leading agricultural producer of phosphate and potash products, 2 of the primary crop nutrients, is using latest analytical instrumentation in R&D and QA/QC to maximize its manufacturing of high quality potash fertilizers.

2:30pm EDT – 3:00pm EDT
Talk title Coming soon
Dr. Syed Ismail, Missing Title, Department of Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry, Marathwada Agriculture Univ.

Coming Soon


Dr. Maria C. DeRosa


Carleton University

Ian Robertson

Principal Application Scientist


Trace Yates

The Mosaic Company
Charlotte Brittain

The Mosaic Company
Andres Jimeno

The Mosaic Company

Dr. Syed Ismail

Department of Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry

Marathwada Agriculture Univ.



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