Sixth Annual U.S. Symposium at JASIS Organized by Pittcon’s Program Chairman Dr. Chuck Gardner

For more information, contact Marian Nardozzi,, 800-825-3221 x 203

Pittsburgh, PA – August 30, 2015 – Pittcon is pleased to announce that the 2016 Program Chairman, Chuck Gardner, has organized and will present a session on chemical spectroscopic imaging at JASIS 2015 (Japan Analytical & Scientific Instruments Show) on September 2.. This conference and exposition is Asia’s largest analytical and scientific instruments show which will be held at International Conference Hall in Makuhari Messe, Japan, September 2-4, 2015.

The four speakers in this U.S. symposium, “Chemical Spectroscopic Imaging: New Ways to Understand Our World” will discuss the combination of microscopic probe tip imaging and optical imaging with proven spectroscopic techniques to yield information that cannot be obtained using non-imaging methods.

Former Pittcon President (2011) Penny Gardner will deliver opening remarks after which Chuck will begin with a lecture on how these technologies reveal new and exciting information about the world around us.

Professor Richard P. Van Duyne from Northwestern University will follow with “Recent Advances in Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy” which will address four recent advances in tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) which illustrate the power of this nanoscale vibrational spectroscopy.

The University of Delaware’s Professor John F. Rabolt continues with “AFM-IR Spectroscopy and Imaging of Polymer Nanofibers and Thin Films at the Nanoscale “
which will cover the combination of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and infrared (IR) spectroscopy.

Professor Michael Myrick, University of South Carolina will conclude the symposium with “An Ocean Full of Small Green Things: inroads on the Phytoplankton Classification Problem with Imaging Multivariate Optical Computing.” This session will be a discussion of the use of fluorescence spectroscopic imaging using a novel multi-variate filter to determine phytoplankton community structure, to parse size and spectral signatures for individual chlorophyll a-containing organisms.

Dr. Koichiro Matsuda will make closing remarks.

Dr. Gardner is the director of product management at ChemImage Corporation where he leads the development of microscopic and standoff hyperspectral imaging systems for the detection of threats in real world applications.

Chuck will be available for interviews and to answer questions at the Pittcon booth. If you are interested in pre-arranging a meeting, please contact

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