Pittcon 2018 Attendees to Get a Hands-On Look at the Latest Laboratory Instrumentation
Ceramic manufacturers will benefit from the Pittcon 2018 technical program, which features more than 2,000 technical sessions on a multitude of topics related to laboratory instrumentation and best practices.
Pittcon® 2018 will be held February 26-March 1 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Attendees will be offered opportunities to get a hands-on look at the latest laboratory instrumentation, participate in product seminars, talk with technical experts and find solutions to various laboratory challenges.
In addition to hundreds of exhibitors, the expo floor will feature two Live Demo areas, where attendees can participate in 20-min interactive product demonstrations. The dedicated areas will cover topics such as air monitoring; new techniques in water testing; innovative products to increase lab efficiency; and recent developments in spectroscopy, spectral databases, and techniques for using hazardous materials. Open to all registered attendees, the demos will run on the hour and half-hour.
Technical Program and Special Lectures
The Pittcon 2018 technical program features scientists from around the world presenting more than 2,000 technical sessions on a multitude of topics related to laboratory instrumentation and best practices. Sessions will be held every day of the event.
The 2018 James L. Waters Annual Symposium will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 26. In 1989, Waters, founder of Waters Associates, Inc. and president of Waters Business Systems, Inc., suggested that the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) should offer an annual symposium to explore the origin, development, implementation, and commercialization of established and significant scientific instrumentation. The objective of the symposium is to recognize researchers and the development and application of instrumentation by preserving the early, more mature history of important contributions, as well as the cooperation between inventors, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and marketing organizations.
This 29th annual Waters symposium will focus on “Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry for Imaging and Analysis,” recognizing the history, science, and applications of the technologies associated with ambient ionization mass spectrometry for imaging and analysis. The presentation will trace the technology’s original developments in the Purdue University laboratories of Professor R. Graham Cooks to the initial commercialization by Prosolia, Inc. and the most recent applications in various fields. Symposium participants will include: R. Graham Cooks, Purdue University; Justin Wiseman, Prosolia, Inc.; Pieter Dorrestein, University of California, San Diego; Thalappil Pradeep, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras; and Richard N. Zare, Stanford University.
Jeremy Nicholson, head of the Department of Surgery and Cancer and director of the MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre Faculty of Medicine, will deliver the 2018 Wallace H. Coulter Lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, with a complimentary mixer and poster session immediately following. Nicholson will discuss “Analytical Science in Precision Medicine: Facing the Challenges of the 21st Century Healthcare.” His major research focus is on the development of diagnostic and prognostic molecular phenotyping and computational technologies as applied to problems in personalized healthcare, microbiome-host metabolic signaling, metabolic diseases, and cancer.
The 2014 Nobel Laureate, Stefan Hell, director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen and director at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg, will deliver the Plenary Lecture at Pittcon 2018. This year’s lecture, “Optical Microscopy: The Resolution Revolution,” will take place at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27, with a complimentary mixer immediately following.
Hell will focus on microscopy concepts that can resolve fluorescent features down to molecular dimensions. “In this lecture, I will discuss the simple yet powerful principles that allow neutralizing the limiting role of diffraction,” said Hell. “In a nutshell, feature molecules residing closer than the diffraction barrier are transferred to different (quantum) states, usually a bright fluorescent state and a dark state, so that they become discernible for a brief period of detection. Thus, the resolution-limiting role of diffraction is overcome, and the interior of transparent samples, such as living cells and tissues, can be imaged at the nanoscale.”
Conferee Networking sessions provide an informal environment where participants can meet and discuss similar interests, challenges, and techniques. Pittcon 2018 will include 31 facilitated sessions on a variety of topics.
“Over the past 10 years, Conferee Networking sessions have grown and become a highly anticipated aspect of Pittcon,” said Dean Tzeng, Conferee Networking chairman. “Attendees look forward to sharing, learning and discussing their latest experiences, challenges, and successes. These sessions have become a service that enhances the conference experience.”
The 90-min sessions are open to all registered attendees at no extra cost from Monday through Thursday. Sessions will focus on topics such as “Quality in the Cannabis Industry,” “Non-Invasive Biomedical Analysis–How Can Innovative Instrumentation Promote Biomedical Research and Medical Applications?,” “Detection Techniques for Chemical Contaminants and Pesticides in Food and Pharmaceutical Raw Materials,” “Expediting Method Development in Pharma,” “Challenges in Managing Analytical Instruments in an Academic Environment,” and “Challenges of the Fentanyl Epidemic,” among many others.
More than 100 beginner and intermediate-level short courses will be offered from February 24 through March 1 (registration is required and additional fees apply). Topics cover relevant analytical topics in food science, water/wastewater, environmental, life science, and pharmaceutical. Courses for broad-based application and general lab functions include lab management, quality control, technical writing, statistics, data management, and lab safety.
To register or for additional information, visit www.pittcon.org.