March 8 - 12, 2015
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA USA

Conferee Networking.

Free unique networking opportunities for registered conferees.

What is Conferee Networking?

These two-hour sessions provide a unique networking opportunity for attendees with similar interests to meet and resolve problems, discuss new techniques, or brainstorm new ideas in an informal setting.

Take a Tour of Conferee Networking

All networking sessions are included in the cost of a Pittcon 2015 registration, and there is no need to sign up in advance. Conferees will be able to network with other colleagues working on similar problems in their field of interest.

Come join the discussion on a variety of topics in an informal setting.

Networking Sessions

No pre-registration required.

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Networking Benefits
  • Increase awareness of a specific topic or issue
  • Find solutions to a problem or brainstorm for new ideas
  • Network with your peers

AM Sessions: 8:30 am ‐ 10:30 am / PM Sessions: 1:30 pm ‐ 3:30 pm
Sunday (March 8) – PM Sessions

Getting the Most out of your Pittcon Experience
(Room 232) View Description

Whether you are new to Pittcon or a veteran Pittcon attendee, this networking session is for you! Led by a team of Pittcon organizers, this session will help you optimize your Pittcon experience by leveraging the benefits of the exposition, technical program, short course, employment bureau, and networking. You will also learn about the various services and value-added aspects of the Conference. Add to the discussion by bringing your questions about Pittcon and/or by sharing your own Pittcon tips.

Food Microbiome and Nanotechnology
(Room 231) View Description

Functional foods are at turning point some may thrive and many will fail due to complete understanding of microbiome inside the food and their relation to nutrition, health, disease etiology and overall impact of gut microbiome. Nanotechnology will help to answer these questions, but new engineered nanomaterials and their impact on gut microbiome /food microbiome and environment will be discussed.

Key Aspects for Successful Laboratory Management Excellence
(Room 227) View Description

Which scenarios and situations can mobile devices and social initiatives benefit the laboratory and help get us to a “new era of laboratory collaboration”? We will discuss the impact on the overall laboratory process, how far adoption goes today, and use cases for successful strategies.

Quality by Design for Development of Analytical Methods
(Room 226) View Description

Development of a robust method is of utmost importance for the pharmaceutical industry. A systematic process evaluating all critical parameters needs to be considered during method development to ensure successful performance during product testing. The validation of the method should not be an exploratory exercise but rather a confirmatory test. Some of the challenges which will be discussed at this workshop are: Identification of Critical Method Parameters based on product Critical Quality Attributes? How to develop a systematic process for method development? Extent of robustness studies and when to stop development? How to know our method has the desired method performance characteristics and is good enough? How to ensure successful method performance for product testing?

Creating a More Effective Lab Safety Program
(Room 225) View Description

Development of a robust method is of utmost importance for the pharmaceutical industry. A systematic process evaluating all critical parameters needs to be considered during method development to ensure successful performance during product testing. The validation of the method should not be an exploratory exercise but rather a confirmatory test. Some of the challenges which will be discussed at this workshop are: Identification of Critical Method Parameters based on product Critical Quality Attributes? How to develop a systematic process for method development? Extent of robustness studies and when to stop development? How to know our method has the desired method performance characteristics and is good enough? How to ensure successful method performance for product testing?

Monday (March 9) – AM Sessions

Mobile Phase Selection for LC-MS
(Room 232) View Description

Liquid Chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS) is a widely used technique in pharamaceuticals, proteomics, metabolomics and biotechnology field. With the advancement of instrument sensitivity, demand for interference free mobile phase is increasing. Selection and optimization of a mobile phase is critical for the overall performance of LC-MS. The quality of LC-MS grade solvents should enable the detection and identification of trace level of compounds. Limited number of mobile phases is compatible with the LC-MS and it is challenging to select the correct mobile phase to achieve the separation of a complex mixture and identification of the separated components by ionization in positive or negative mode depends on choice of additives, optimal ionic strength and pH of the mobile phase.

Particle Size Analysis: Modern Challenges and Solutions
(Room 231) View Description

Particle size significantly impacts the practical performance of many materials. For example it affects blending of fertilizer materials as well as the dose uniformity of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API’s). There are a number of techniques for size analysis, including laser diffraction, dynamic light scattering, image analysis, and sieving. Furthermore, the effect of sampling and dispersion on results is significant and often independent of the choice of analysis technique. In this session we will discuss particle size analysis and related topics such as surface area and shape analysis.

Green Chemistry in Undergraduate Education
(Room 227) View Description

Resources and best practices for teaching green chemistry at the undergraduate level will be discussed. What teaching strategies have been most effective in your classroom? What does green chemistry research look like at the undergraduate level? Come share your successes and challenges in implementing green chemistry at your institution.

Analysis of Excipients in Bioformulations
(Room 226) View Description

Biotherapeutics is a fast growing area in the pharmaceutical industry, where proteins and antibodies are the main class of commercial products and drugs in development. Excipients in biotherapeutics formulation are limited to those approved by GRAS and manufactured pharmaceutical grade. While there is no degradation of hosphate and citrate buffers, histidine is not as stable. Excipients, like sucrose and trehalose could contain potentially harmful reducing sugars. Non-ionic surfactants, routinely used in biotherapeutics formulations are well known to contain peroxides, oxidative reagents. The suggested topic: stability of excipients, stability indicating assays, analysis of the degradation products of the excipients. Methods used? Raw material suppliers? Container closures effects?

Standards, Interoperability and Open Data
(Room 225) View Description

As the demand for open data increases in both public and private sectors, interoperable standards will gain in importance. Multiple standardization initiatives are active in the lab informatics space. Building a standard is a multi-year effort, so communication and collaboration between end users and standards groups is crucial to foster adoption and use. Like our previous Networking Sessions, we bring together the stakeholders in this area. Working together, we leverage synergies and make a larger impact on the scientific community. We invite groups interested in standardization and interoperability of instrument data both from an end user and vendor perspective. Topics for discussion include community requirements, status of current standardization efforts and real-world applications.
Monday (March 9) – Afternoon

Metadata for Chemical Analysis: Developing the Chemical Analysis Metadata Platform (ChAMP)
(Room 232) View Description

ChAMP is a project to identify, define, and organize metadata about chemical analysis methods. The platform will include definition of an ontology of terms, a recommended taxonomy, controlled vocabularies, usage guidelines, and use cases. Come join the discussion about what this project is and what it should be.

Advances in Thermal Analysis Techniques and Methodology
(Room 231) View Description

This session will offer an opportunity for attendees to discuss the use of Differential Scanning Calorimetry(DSC), Thermogravimetric Analysis(TGA), Thermomechanical Methods ( TMA and DMA), as well as the Tandem Techniques of TGA-FTIR and TGA-Mass Spectroscopy for obtaining the desired data in their individual laboratories. The session will promote an open discussion amoung participants of the choice of methodology, establishing the test method and interpretation of analytical data obtained from these thermal analysis techniques. All participants are encouraged to bring their individual analytical problems to the networking session.

Challenges and Opportunities for Analytical Science in Asia
(Room 227) View Description

All conference attendees with an interest in doing business in Asia are invited to take part in this networking session. Whether you are a practicing scientist in the region or have a business interest there, we welcome your participation. Come meet fellow attendees who share your interest, and join the discussion on challenges and opportunities for analytical science in Asia. Commercial Officer Brittany Banta will provide an overview on how the U.S. Commercial Service can help U.S. companies export to and develop business in Asia and will highlight the advantages and resources the U.S. offers as a location for foreign businesses looking to invest in the U.S., under the U.S. Department of Commerce’s SelectUSA program.

Non-Invasive Biomedical Analysis – Effects of Environmental VOCs
(Room 226) View Description

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) may act as potential biomarkers for diseases such as cancer, diabetes or infections. A major part of more than 800 VOCs detectable in the breath is meant to come from environmental sources rather than from biochemical processes in the body. This session will continue the tradition of successful Pittcon networking on non-invasive biomedical analysis from 2010-2014. Focusing on impact of environmental related compounds, exogenous VOCs as confounding factors as well as potential applications of e-VOCs will be discussed: •How do environmental loads influence potential biomarker sets? •Can exogenous compounds be used as biomarkers? •How can high resolution analytical techniques (e.g. GCxGC-TOF, PTR-TOF) help us to unravel effects of the environment?
Tuesday (March 8) – AM Session

Does Your ERP Solution Replace LIMS?
(Room 232) View Description

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)solutions are used extensively within IT at Life Sciences and laboratory process based companies for governance, risk, compliance, and performance management while LIMS are typically focused on sample management and Quality Control(QC)in the laboratory. Increasingly, organizations are investigating the merit of replacing existing LIMS systems with ERP’s which incorporate some LIMS and CAPA functionality. This session will focus on: – Appropriate roles for ERP vs. LIMS – Interfacing LIMS & ERP – The role of ELN – Lessons learned Although each lab and industry segment have unique requirements and goals, sharing experiences regarding informatics challenges and obstacles overcome will lead to more successful project outcomes.

How Should We Teach Concept of Chemical Equilibrium in Analytical Chemistry 1
(Room 231) View Description

Principles of chemical equilibrium are important in the field of pure and applied chemistry. They can be used to understand the fundamentals of some processes, techniques, distribution of chemical substances in solutions, and natural environments. Students find them difficult and they are time sinks. How should we teach them?

Managing a Successful Graduate School Experience
(Room 227) View Description

This networking session, led by current graduate students, is an opportunity for undergraduates considering graduate school and for current graduate students to come together and share ideas. Topics for discussion may include: how to choose the right graduate school and mentor, TA versus RA, MS versus Ph.D., research rotations, comprehensive exams, oral defenses, getting published, post-doc opportunities, and landing a job after obtaining an advanced degree.
Tuesday (March 10) – PM Sessions

Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater Part 4000 Methods
(Room 232) View Description

Join your peers and discuss needs and suggest edits, improvements or additions to Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater Part 4000 methods with the Part 4000 coordinator.

A New Era of Laboratory Collaboration: The Impact of Mobile Devices and Social Interaction
(Room 231) View Description

Which scenarios and situations can mobile devices and social initiatives benefit the laboratory and help get us to a “new era of laboratory collaboration”? We will discuss the impact on the overall laboratory process, how far adoption goes today, and use cases for successful strategies.

Challenges and Opportunities for Analytical Science in Latin America
(Room 227) View Description

All conference attendees with an interest in Latin America are invited to take part in this networking session. Whether you are a practicing scientist there or have a business interest there, we welcome your participation. Come meet fellow attendees who share your interest, and join the discussion on challenges and opportunities for analytical science in Latin America.

Allotrope Foundation: Real Progress Towards Addressing the Data Management Problems Facing the Analytical Laboratory
(Room 226) View Description

Analytical labs create lots of data, stored in proprietary files. Also, the metadata needed to document experiments is often incomplete or incorrect due to manual entry. This introduces complexity into data reuse and prevents the realization of its full value. The Allotrope Framework provides a permanent solution that fixes this problem at its root. The Framework is comprised of: Open, standards-based, highly performing, extensible file format; Metadata definitions & repository to provide accurate, complete & consistent metadata; and a Software toolkit to facilitate a consistent adoption of the Framework. Development work to date has shown that the Framework concepts are feasible. Attendees will join a discussion of our findings and how they are directing construction of the Framework.

Tips and Tools for Incorporating Active Learning into Analytical Chemistry Classes and Labs
(Room 225) View Description

This discussion group will promote sharing of successful strategies by experienced faculty and encourage those new to active learning to give it a try. Active learning covers a wide range of pedagogical approaches including case studies and problem-based learning that are well-suited to environmental, forensic, pharmaceutical, food and other applications of analytical chemistry. This networking session will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and will connect faculty interested in active learning to provide an on-going support base. In addition to advertising this networking session by Pittcon, if selected we will also advertise the discussion through the Analytical Sciences Digital Library (www.asdlib.org) to raise awareness about this Pittcon activity.
Wednesday (March 11) – AM Sessions

ICP-MS and Chromatography for Metals Speciation
(Room 232) View Description

This session will focus on elemental speciation using ICP-OES and MS techniques coupled with separation methods such as the chromatographies. Problems will be discussed and solutions suggested. This is our 9th year for this topic.

The End of Physical Testing? Possibilities and Impact of Virtual Testing
(Room 231) View Description

Virtual testing can be an alternative to costly and time consuming physical testing in the laboratory. We will discuss what virtual testing really implies, what needs to be done to implement virtual testing, what can be expected and when it is really an alternative to physical testing.

Cracking the Code: What it takes to be a LIMS Consultant
(Room 227) View Description

Discuss the skills that can lead you to the highly specialized LIMS positions. This topic has been a mystery to candidates in the past. As more and more labs are automated with LIMS applications, how can you best build your skill sets to add value to your resume?

Greener Alternative Solvents for Analytical Chemistry and Manufacturing
(Room 226) View Description

Since the publishing of “12 Principles of Green Chemistry”, chemical companies have marketed greener alternatives that reduced risk & environmental footprint. When it comes to finding Greener Solvents there are no easy choices. The properties of traditional solvents, such as low boiling point, extensive solubility range and high dissolution capacity, which make these solvents attractive, are also the same properties that make them toxic to humans & environment. Sigma-Aldrich aims to support the growth of greener technologies & manufacturing by providing application based greener alternatives with a growing list of >2,500 greener products for use in R & D and manufacturing. In this exchange we will discuss the challenges of finding Greener Alternatives and innovation required to use them.

Leaning In (and Leading) in Chemistry
(Room 225) View Description

Come join the discussion. What does “lean in” mean to you? How have you leaned in? What challenges have you faced when trying to lean in? How have you overcome these challenges? We can all learn from each other, so let’s lean in and discuss this timely topic.
Wednesday (March 11) – PM Sessions

Legal Roundtable
(Room 232) View Description

This session is facilitated by a forum of attorneys focused on legal issues. The forum will include practicing attorneys from the local host city. Conferees can come, learn about, and discuss issues in labor law, business/corporate law, and intellectual property law.

Advancements in Measurement of Moisture Related Parameters
(Room 231) View Description

The methods for evaluating moisture are abundant and varied. This can make it difficult to determine the most appropriate and useful method to use. In some cases, moisture content is needed while in others, water activity is the more appropriate measurement. For some appications, the relationship between the two parameters, the moisture sorption isotherm, is needed. The purpose of this networking session would be to facilitate a discussion of which moisture related parameter is most appropriate for a given application and what are the most effective measurement techniques.

Choosing the Best Laboratory Improvement Project
(Room 227) View Description

In the past, when a laboratory was growing, the gut reaction was to build a larger lab or hire more staff to fill the need. These days, however, everyone has to do more with less so capital projects or increasing head count are not a first choice. This session will cover ways to improve efficiency, output, and productivity while maintaining the user experience in the laboratory. We will begin by discussing participants’ previous experiences with choosing the best laboratory improvement project for their needs. The group will then cover more specific ways of improving information flow and data sharing, like CDS, LIMS, and ELN. Participants can share their success stories and opportunities for improvement as well as pose questions to others about specific improvement projects.

Analytical Services for the Oil and Gas Industry
(Room 226) View Description

Does your lab support the oil and gas industry or do research related to oil and gas? Which techniques are in demand for oil and gas? What are new analytical technologies that are supporting this industry? What are the needs with respect to method development? Come join the discussion on this fast-growing field.
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Conferee Networking Categories

    No preregistration required. Come join the discussion on a variety of topics in an informal setting.

    General Interest

    (View Sessions)
    • Getting the Most out of your Pittcon Experience
    • Challenges and Opportunities for Analytical Science in Asia
    • Challenges and Opportunities for Analytical Science in Latin America
    • Creating a More Effective Lab Safety Program

    Chemical Industry

    (View Sessions)
    • Analytical Services for the Oil and Gas Industry
    • Greener Alternative Solvents for Analytical Chemistry and Manufacturing
    • PAT Networking

    Nanotechnology

    (View Sessions)
    • Nanotechnologies–Measurement Techniques for the Characterization of Nano-objects
    • Food Microbiome and Nanotechnology
    • Particle Size Analysis: Modern Challenges and Solutions

    Pharmaceutical

    (View Sessions)
    • Quality by Design for Development of Analytical Methods
    • Analysis of Excipients in Bioformulations

    Chemistry & the Web

    (View Sessions)
    • A New Era of Laboratory Collaboration. The Impact of Mobile Devices and Social Interaction
    • The End of Physical Testing? Possibilities and Impact of Virtual Testing
    • Metadata for Chemical Analysis: Developing the Chemical Analysis Metadata Platform (ChAMP)

    Education

    (View Sessions)
    • Tips and Tools for Incorporating Active Learning into Analytical Chemistry Classes and Labs
    • Green Chemistry in Undergraduate Education
    • How Should We Teach Concept of Chemical Equilibrium in Analytical Chemistry 1?

    Professional Development

    (View Sessions)
    • Leaning In (and Leading) in Chemistry
    • Key Aspects for Successful Laboratory Management Excellence
    • Choosing the Best Laboratory Improvement Project
    • Cracking the Code: What it takes to be a LIMS Consultant

    Specialty Analysis

    (View Sessions)
    • Medical Marijuana Analytical Testing Forum
    • Sampling and Analysis of Elemental Sulfur in Natural Gas
    • Advances in Thermal Analysis Techniques and Methodology
    • Advancements in Measurement of Moisture Related Parameters

    Environmental

    (View Sessions)
    • Non-Invasive Biomedical Analysis – Effects of Environmental VOCs
    • ICP-MS and Chromatography for Metals Speciation
    • Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater Part 4000 Methods

    Laboratory Information & Data Analysis

    (View Sessions)
    • Does Your ERP Solution Replace LIMS?
    • Standards, Interoperability and Open Data
    • Allotrope Foundation: Real Progress Towards Addressing the Data Management Problems Facing the Analytical Laboratory

    Method Development

    (View Sessions)
    • Mobile Phase Selection for LC-MS
    • First Principles Calibration of Spectrophotometers and Other Instrumentation
    • Direct Chemical Speciation

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