Pittcon Park will also be home to both Pittcon booths, where you can relax, meet with colleagues, drop off your Gauntlet scores, learn more about Pittcon 2020 in Chicago and get your picture taken in our photo booth.
A hub of interactive presentations providing education, entertainment, networking and more! Companies from all over the world will share research and ideas on how to make your lab more productive.
Schedule posted once available.
Expo Park Experiences
Test your lab skills on a variety of fun but challenging lab activities. Prizes will be awarded daily for the best scores. Those who run the gauntlet will receive a t-shirt.
An exciting feature on the expo floor is two live demo areas where attendees can participate in 20-minute, interactive product demonstrations from leading companies.
Virtual Reality Experiences
More real than reality. Virtual reality creates an immersive, believable experience that engages both your body and your mind. Be transported to places that you might otherwise never get to experience or become part of the game in a virtual world.
LEGO® Gravity Car Racing
You can design and build your own cars out of LEGOs, then compete with others by racing your cars, powered by gravity, down a sloped track to see whose travels the fastest. A prize will be awarded daily for the fastest cars.
Booth 2625 & Booth 4142
Photo booth, Pittcon 2019 info, Gauntlet card drop off, giveaways and luggage tags, and a lounge for relaxing or small meetings.
There will be a Pittcon sponsored complimentary mixer on the exposition floor. Take a break from your busy day to enjoy snacks and refreshments. Wednesday at 1 PM.
Tuesday (Mar 19) – Thursday (Mar 21)
Sunday (Mar 17) – Thursday (Mar 21)
Saturday (Mar 16) – Thursday (Mar 21)
Wednesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
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|2024||San Diego, CA
|2027||San Diego, CA
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Informatics Division
The participant will be given a completely unknown spectrum. Then using Bio-Rad’s KnowItAll software and spectral databases will be asked to provide the identity of that spectrum. If the participant correctly identifies the spectrum, the task is successfully completed.
Dispersion Technology Inc.
Measure Zeta Potential of 10% Silica Ludox in Water. Steps:
1) Load ludox solution into small sample cup attached to DT-300 probe
2) Hit “Run” Button on the home screen to begin measurment
3) Write down reported Zeta Potenial
We’ve developed an app using the periodic table. You’ve got 1 minute to put 10 random elements in back in there place. Super fun amped up ios version of last year’s Switcharoo.
Chromatography Research Supplies, Inc.
You have 30 seconds to name the correct element AND place it in the correct position on the periodic table! You will get points for each correct answer.
Contestants will be shown three beers with three corresponding pH values for each. They will be asked to mark each with whether the actual value is higher or lower than the value shown (Similar to the Price is Right game). The three beers provided will be a sour, a stout, and a lager (preferably from local craft breweries). The contestants will then confirm their selection by measuring the pH of each of the beers using a SevenCompact pH meter. Part of the game will be trying to complete all three guesses and subsequent measurements within 1-minute. If they get all three correct, and under one minute, they can choose which prize they want.
Contestants would choose one of five different drinks and guess the pH. They would then measure the pH with our MultiLab pH meter, and would be given a grade based on the accuracy of their guess.
There will be a bucket with 5 mystery samples placed inside and a timer. Participants will need to use the TacticID-1064 to identify which sample is the “explosive” (represented by ammonium nitrate) in order to neutralize the “threat”. If the participant is able to identify the ammonium nitrate, they save the day!
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Microplastics are of growing environmental concern. So-called ‘secondary’ microplastics arise from the breakdown of larger debris. In this challenge, participants will trace back a microplastic to its origin. The participant will pick up a microplastic from a ‘beach’, run its IR spectrum on an FTIR, identify the material from its spectrum and trace its source back to one of three sources of pollution – the original plastic objects. Success will be measured by correctly identifying the source of pollution.
In our 60 second challenge, we will demonstrate the difference between pure water and the two main categories of impurities. This challenge will allow the participant to visualize the difference between an ionic(salt) vs. an organic(sugar) solution. This simple experiment will demonstrate the change in conductance of the water at each step by observing a light as you add sugar and then the salt to the beaker of pure water.
Can you perform as good of a separation as an expert? Come to the Waters separation challenge to test your sample preparation skills. Participants will be given two “mystery” samples of Kool-Aid and some clues about the products. Using solid phase extraction, they will have to guess the food dyes, order of elution and complete a separation in less than a minute. They will be judged based on the accuracy of their guesses and performance of their separation.
Utilize our variety of disposable pipets to beat your partner in picking up the most liquid and filling up your beaker before the buzzer!
A memory game of chiral molecules will be provided and cards will be placed face down. Contestants will rapidly attempt to find all matching, mirror image molecules. Ten correct matches will earn a prize.
Participants will test their knowledge of the periodic table by properly placing elements on a large poster board of the Periodic Table of Elements (pieces will be Velcro’ed). There will only be four missing elements will be the ‘fearsome foursome’ of ICP-MS – Arsenic, Cadmium, Mercury, and Lead – but those elements will be differently colored than its original elemental group and will not have the atomic number or weight listed. Participants will not be told what elements are missing nor that the missing elements are the ‘fearsome foursome’. The only hint that participants will receive is that the missing elements can be analyzed by Advion’s Solation ICP-MS, to avoid any preconceptions. For a successful completion, participants must accurately complete the periodic table in under 1 minute.
Put yourself to the test! Using your best shuffleboard technique, try and get your puck within the target pH range for a variety of samples. Our unique pH scale shuffleboard will have four lanes, each lane corresponding to sample with a target pH. Slide your puck within +/- 0.2 pH units for 3 points, or +/- 0.5 pH units for 2 points, or +/- 1 pH unit for 1 point – anything outside of this range is awarded 0 points. Get at least 5 points to successfully complete the challenge!
Determine the CIELAB color space values of local Philadelphia juice samples. There will be two types of juice on the table. Participants will pour the juice samples into cuvettes, put them on the UV/Vis spectrophotometer, and follow instructions to complete a measurement for both of the juice samples. Participants will then write down the L*a*b values. L for Luminance, a and b for color channels. There will be a CIE L*a*b color space wheel on the table for them for reference if needed. Successful completion: Completing one color measurement for each of the juice samples AND writing down the L*a*b color readings.
Verder Scientific, Inc
The participant will need to attach the end seals on an Inconel Tube within 60 seconds.
Participants will be asked to try to optimize the excitation and emission of a fluorescence sample in a cuvette by trying different filter wheel combinations and monitoring the fluorescence measured on an Avantes spectrometer.
Two or three specific chemical storage cabinets will be displayed, each designed to store specific types of chemicals. An assortment of empty sample bottles with various GHS chemical labels on them will be set on a nearby table top. The challenge is for the participant to store the correct chemical types in the correct and safest chemical storage cabinet, for example, flammables, acids, corrosives, oxidizers, etc. The successful participant stores the sample bottles in the correct cabinets based on safe chemical storage rules for compatibility within the one minute time allotted.
Fritsch Milling & Sizing, Inc.
Participants will look at common consumer goods in a whole new way. Choosing their favorite, they will determine why it is tested choose how to process samples, and how best to confirm their results. Only the sharpest minds will make it through unscathed.
SilcoTek will lay out 5 stainless steel coupons. One uncoated, one Dursan coated, one Dursox coated, one Notak coated, and one SilcoNert coated. These will remain static in the matching process. SilcoTek will lay out 4 coatings’ data sheets and a sheet that says “uncoated.” These will be moved around to match the stainless-steel coupons. A beaker of water and a pipet will be provided for the participant to drop water onto the test coupons. The coupons will be visibly hydrophobic/hydrophilic once they are wetted. The successful participant will see the provided water contact angle on the data sheets and match the data sheets to their respective coupons.
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