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Analytical Chemistry And Pittcon

Pittcon, as both the conference and exposition, and the not-for-profit organisation that runs and administers the funds it generates to support scientific endeavour, has its roots in analytical chemistry, as the full name informs us: ‘The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy'.

The scope and emphasis may have shifted over the years since the first small technical conference was held in in 1950 in Pittsburg's William Penn Hotel by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP), but the commitment to promoting analytical chemistry remains.

This is seen most prominently in the prestigious Pittcon Annual Awards for Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy. Recent awardees include Adriaan Bax for the development and application of a wide variety of advanced multidimensional NMR techniques to significant problems of biochemical and biomedical interest and Raoul Koperman for his work in the field of bioanalytical nanochemistry.

At the conference itself analytical chemistry is always well represented in the exhibitors - new and innovative equipment for mass spectrometry, spectroscopy and the variants in chromatography is always popular. Similarly there is no shortage of analytical ‘Short Courses' on techniques as diverse as Capillary Electrophoresis, Petroleum Analysis and Raman Spectroscopy to inveigle the delegate.

Many symposia covering subject matters pertinent to analytical chemistry are held and new ones are always being suggested for future Pittcons. Pittcon has also been privileged to host many consequential lectures in the field, by a cadre of distinguished scientists.

Pittcon 2012's Plenary Lecture, "Ambient Ionization and Mini Mass Spectrometers: In situ MS for Everyone" will be delivered by Dr. R. Graham Cooks, Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor, of Purdue University's Analytical Chemistry department.

And with the continued affiliation of other organisation, such as happened with the ACS's Division of Analytical Chemistry, to Pittcon, it seems certain that whatever the diversification of conference science subjects areas, a deep commitment to the concerns of analytical chemists and spectroscopists will remain at the heart of Pittcon's thinking and actions.

Date added: 2015-05-25 13:19:20