GCxGC is the Star at 4th Multidimensional Chromatography Workshop!

My colleagues and I made the road trip to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in Toronto for the 4th Multidimensional Chromatography Workshop.  This workshop organized by Eric Reiner at the MOE is a veritable who’s who in the world of GCxGC.  I personally love going to this workshop because of the wide variety of topics covered by not only excellent scientists, but engaging speakers as well (and it’s free).  The topics covered fundamentals of multidimensional chromatography, including alternative modulators, GCxGC (or as suggested GC×GC) nomenclature, and retention markers for two-dimensional chromatograms.   The program then switched gears towards applications of multidimensional chromatography, with a focus on comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GCxGC).  The first day included fire debris analysis, forensics, chlorinated dioxins and furans, and my personal favorite of GCxGC going to Mars! The second day started with a few talks on metabolomics, characterizing the odor of human decomposition (yum!), and novel halogenated contaminants in the environment.  The program is listed below, including links to some of the presentations (note how far many of these speakers traveled to Toronto in January!).

This workshop attended by over 160 people this year just keeps growing.  There seems to be a strong desire to continue to grow this workshop, which will require moving to a larger auditorium and possibly adding a third day of presentations.  It really shows that GCxGC is gaining familiarity across a broad range of possible applications.   If you are interested in learning more about comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography, or are just getting started, check out our GCxGC brochure (GCxGC Columns, Your One Source for 2D Chromatography).  The brochure has a handy column combination guide and some of the applications that we have done here in the lab.  We also have numerous posts about GCxGC here on ChromaBLOGraphy that you can view by either searching or clicking the GCxGC link under Categories on the sidebar. 

The 4th Multidimensional Chromatography Workshop  Jan 8 & 9 2013

Tuesday January 8, 2012:

Multidimensional Chromatography – past, present, future Philip Marriott, Monash University, Victoria Australia

Optimization Aspects of Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography Tadeusz  Gorecki, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

Study of complex VOC mixtures by GCxGC-TOFMS  Jef Focant, University of Liege, Liege Belgium

The Use of GCxGC TOFMS for Forensic Applications   Frank L. Dorman, K Organtini, J. Westland, E. Ly, A. Brockman, J. Stubleski, Penn State, State College PA, USA

Bidimensional Retention Normalization in GCxGC: Advances and Perspectives. Jean-Marie Dimandja, Spelman College, Atlanta GA, USA

High Speed Deans Switch for GCxGC Separations: Principles and Applications John Seeley, A, Ghosh, S. Seeley Oakland University, Rochester MI, USA

How soft ionization, high mass resolution and a comprehensive data analysis could further enhance the significance of GCxGC-TOFMS.  Thomas Gröger, M. Schäffer, M.Saraji, M. Sklorz, M. Eschner, J. Wendt, R. Zimmermann, Helmholtz Zentrum,  Munich Germany

GCxGC-TOFMS for Chlorinated Dioxin and Furan Analysis in South Africa, Jack Cochran, EJ Reiner, T. Kolic, K. MacPherson, L. Quinn, M. Brits, C. Swiegelaar, J. de Vos, P. Gorst-Allman, Restek, Bellefonte PA, USA

Time controlled Cryogenic Zone Compression (t-CZC) GC-HRMS – can we detect attogram amounts of TCDD?   Dirk Krumweide, Thermo Fisher, Bremen Germany

  Identification of New Markers of Wood Smoke Exposures in Firefighters using GCxGC-TOF-MS– Sujan Fernando and Brian McCarry, McMaster University, Hamilton ON

Analysis of blubber extracts of Peponocephala Electra by GC x GC-high resolution TOF-MS.  Teruyo Ieda, Gerstel Japan

GCxGC for Space Science – Opportunities and Challenges for Deep Space Organic Analysis.   Mark Libardoni, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio TX, USA


Wednesday January 9, 2012:

Using GCxGC-TOF/MS to elucidate metabolome differences in complex biological matrices.  Catherine Rawlinson, Joel P. A. Gummer, Robert D Trengove,  Murdoch University, Perth Australia

Identifying biomarkers of P. aeruginosa antibiotic susceptibility using GCxGC-TOF and Statistical Compare.  Heather Bean, JM Dimandja, J.E. Hill University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA

Investigating GCxGC separations using selective column chemistry and compound derivatization pairings for common metabolomics chemical compounds Julie Kowalski, Michelle Misselwitz, Jack Cochran, Restek, Bellefonte PA, USA

Benefits of GCxGC-TOFMS approach for chemical characterization of environmental risk factors in the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Intrauterine Unexplained Death (SIUD)  Daniela Cavagnino, A. Siviero, A. Mantegazza,V.Termopoli, P. Palma, G. Famiglini, A. Cappiello, Dani Instruments, Italy

Multidimensional LC for shotgun proteomicsor Proteomics. Herman Lam, Ivan Chu, Ricky Ng, Ricky Kong, S.O. Siu, Maggie Lam, Yuen Zhao and Edward Lau. CVG, Toronto, ON

Planar Microfluidics in Multidimensional Chromatography, H.J. Cortes, R. Shellie, J.Luong, K. Parlevliet. H. J. Cortes Consulting, LLC., Midland, MI. USA

Further exploration in the quest of orthogonally  PH Stefanuto, JM Dimandja, JF Focant,  University of Liege, Liege Belgium

Characterizing human decomposition odour: an application of Thermal Desorption-GCxGC-TOFMS, Sonja Stadler, PH Stefanuto, M Brokl, JF Focant, S Forbes University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, ON

Making sense of the fume: GCxGC TOFMS analysis of mainstream tobacco smoke, M Brokl, L Bishop, C Wright, C Liu, K McAdam, JF Focant, : University of Liege, Liege Belgium

GCxGC Analyses of Naphthenic Acid Esters in Oil Sands Composite Tailings, Dave Bowman, B. E. McCarry, McMaster University, Hamilton ON

The Analysis of Mixed Bromo/Chloro Planar Compounds Produced as Combustion Byproducts  Kari Organtini, Frank L. Dorman and Mark Merrick, Penn State, State College PA, USA

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