Pittcon 2015 Spectroscopy…Be in Your Element

Society for Applied Spectroscopy
Guest Editorial
Volume 69, Number 1, 2015

Welcome to the world’s largest annual conference and exhibition for laboratory science, which will be held in the culturally rich city of New Orleans, March 8-12, 2015, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Louisiana is home to legacy sectors such as chemicals and refining, and the emerging prospects of the biofuels and food processing industries, which provide an ideal venue for Pittcon. The region also houses emerging and expanding companies in the agribusiness industry.

The diverse Technical Program kicks off on Sunday, March 8, and will include the Wallace H. Coulter Lecture, “Plasmonics: Shedding Light on Cross-Cutting Science and Technologies,” presented by Naomi J. Halas, Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University. Dr. Halas’s research is in the field of plasmonics, creating the concept of the “tunable plasmon” and inventing a family of nanoparticles with resonances spanning the visible and infrared regions of the spectrum. These tiny structures called “gold nanoshells,” may someday help treat tumors.

Presentations will bring to light advances in Raman spectroscopy, separation with capillary liquid chromatography (LC) and two-dimensional LC; operation of miniature mass spectrometers (MS); application of mass spectrometry in the biopharmaceutical industry; isotope innovations for metabolomics; and new developments in ion chromatography—to name a few.