Advances in Atomic Spectroscopy A virtual symposium presented by the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) and Spectroscopy



Monday, February 28 and Tuesday, March 1, 2022 Day 1 10:00am EST – 4:00pm EST Morning Session: 10 am EST - 12 pm EST Afternoon Session: 2 pm - 4 pm EST Day 2 10:00am EST – 4:00pm EST Morning Session: 10 am EST - 12 pm EST Afternoon Session: 2 pm - 4 pm EST

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Event Overview:

Spectroscopy magazine and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) are pleased to present this joint virtual conference, “Advances in Atomic Spectroscopy.” In this interactive, two-day virtual symposium, leading analytical scientists share important advances in atomic spectroscopy techniques and their application. Techniques discussed will include inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), single-particle ICP-MS, laser-ablation ICP-MS (LA-ICP-MS) and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). Speakers will address applications in the analysis of microplastics, geology, food, clinical and biomonitoring, gadolinium-based medical imaging contrast agents, forensics, and materials science. Each morning session will include a live question-and-answer period will all of the speakers. Join us!

All attendees will receive a certificate of completion from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

Top Reasons to Attend

  • Learn about important advances in ICP-MS, single-particle ICP-MS (spICP-MS), laser-ablation ICP-MS (LA-ICP-MS), laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), and speciation techniques
  • Stay abreast of evolving applications of the techniques, related to microplastics, geology, clinical and biomonitoring, environmental, forensics, and materials science samples
  • Discover new solutions and approaches to overcoming challenges with these techniques and in specific applications

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Day 1 10:00am EST – 4:00pm EST

Morning Session: 10 am EST - 12 pm EST


Uwe Karst
Full Professor for Analytical Chemistry, University of Münster, Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry

Uwe Karst was a Full Professor of Chemical Analysis at the University of Twente in the Netherlands between 2001 and 2005, before he accepted his current position as Chair of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Münster in Germany in 2005. His research interests focus on hyphenated analytical techniques and their (bio)medical and pharmaceutical applications, including elemental speciation analysis, metallomics, mass spectrometric imaging and electrochemistry/MS. Together with his team, Dr. Karst has organized several international and national conferences, including the International Symposium on Chromatography 2008, the International Symposium on Metallomics 2011, and the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry 2015.

Jeff Jarrett
Chief, Elemental Analysis Lab, Inorganic and Radiation Analytical Toxicology Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Jeff Jarrett received his B.S. in Chemistry from Berry College in 1992 after which he was a secondary education teacher in Floyd County, Georgia. He received an M.S. in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1997 while working in the research group of Dr. Richard Browner (thesis “A comparative study of certain nebulizers for low flow sample introduction for plasma spectrometry”). Since 1996 he has worked at CDC applying ICP-MS to the analysis of clinical matrices and is currently the Chief of the Elemental Analysis Laboratory.

Brooke W. Kammrath
Professor, University of New Haven, and Assistant Director
Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science

Brooke W. Kammrath, Ph.D., ABC-GKE, is a Professor of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven, the Assistant Director of the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, and a court-qualified consulting criminalist. Dr. Kammrath is the co-editor of the two-volume book Portable Spectroscopy and Spectrometry and the co-author of the book Blood Traces. She has also co-authored two laboratory manuals, seven book chapters, 19 journal articles, one encyclopedia article, and over 100 professional conference presentations.

Andreas Limbeck
Full professor of Analytical Chemistry of Materials
Faculty of Technical Chemistry, TU Wien

Andreas Limbeck is a full professor of Analytical Chemistry of Materials in the Faculty of Technical Chemistry at TU Wien. He is an expert in the field of atomic spectroscopy with more than 15 years of experience in the development of advanced analytical procedures for the reliable determination of inorganic components in a wide range of technological, environmental, and biological samples. In recent years, he has developed advanced expertise in the application of the laser-based techniques LA-ICP-MS and LIBS for the spatially resolved chemical analysis of solid materials, in particular for the quantitative determination of elemental distributions in various materials.

Day 1 10:00am EST – 4:00pm EST

Afternoon Session: 2 pm - 4 pm EST

Ewa Pruszkowski, Ph.D
Sr. Principal Scientist
Ewa obtained M.Sc. and then Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Technical University of Warsaw, Poland. Many years ago, she joint PerkinElmer as a postdoc, followed by a permanent position as an application chemist. After working in the Business Unit and the Field, she is right now part of Applied Group focusing mostly on ICP-MS.

Macy Harris
Application Chemist

Macy Harris is an innovator in the field of microwave digestion. She has assisted in the development of cutting-edge microwave digestion technology and methods for challenging samples. Macy is an active member of AAPFCO Method Forums Group as an industry liaison to help support formal methodology and sample preparation.

Dr. Ryan Brennan
Glass Expansion

Dr. Ryan Brennan, the President of Glass Expansion, Inc., runs Glass Expansion’s USA office, which supports Glass Expansion customers throughout North and South America. Before taking on the role of President, Ryan was the Product and Marketing Manager for Glass Expansion. Prior to joining Glass Expansion, Ryan worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology as an NRC Post-Doctoral Research Associate. Ryan received his doctorate in analytical chemistry from George Washington University.

Day 2 10:00am EST – 4:00pm EST

Morning Session: 10 am EST - 12 pm EST

David Clases
Assistant Professor
University of Graz, Graz, Austria

David Clases is an analytical chemist who is interested in the characterization of contemporary nanomaterials as well as their functionalization and application to improve analytical workflows. He studied chemistry at the University of Münster and obtained a PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 2017. Following the award of a DFG fellowship, he became postdoctoral researcher at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Australia. He developed an independent research program and became a lecturer in 2020 before relocating back to Europe to commence as an Assistant Professor at the University of Graz in 2021.

Carsten Engelhard
Associate Professor
Dept. of Chemistry and Biology, University of Siegen, Germany

Dr. Carsten Engelhard is an Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry and the Department Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biology at the University of Siegen. He received his Dr. rer. nat. degree in 2007 from the University of Muenster, Germany, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Indiana University, from 2008 to 2010 under the guidance of Prof. G.M. Hieftje. Carsten has 10 years of experience in ultratrace elemental analysis, mass spectrometry, instrumentation, surface analysis, and nanoparticle detection. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles in this field and successfully supervised seven PhDs.

Alicia Cruz-Uribe
Edward Sturgis Grew Associate Professor of Petrology and Mineralogy
School of Earth and Climate Sciences, University of Maine

Alicia Cruz-Uribe is the Edward Sturgis Grew Assistant Professor of Petrology and Mineralogy in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine. Dr. Cruz-Uribe’s research and teaching areas include solid Earth geochemistry, petrology, and mineralogy. She is the principal investigator of the MAGIC Lab (MicroAnalytical Geochemistry and Isotope Characterization Laboratory).

Todor I. Todorov
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
US Food and Drug Administration

Todor Todorov earned his BS in chemistry in 1998 at SUNY Buffalo and his PhD (analytical chemistry) in 2003 from University of Michigan. Following graduate school, he joined the Department of Defense (DoD), focusing on methodologies for total and speciated analyses of toxic elements in clinical samples. After four years at the DoD, he moved on to work at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Denver, Colorado, where he developed methods for the elemental quantification using ICP-OES, ICP-MS, and LA-ICP-MS. In 2013, he joined the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) at the FDA. At CFSAN, Dr Todorov has worked extensively on the development and validation of methods for both nutrient and toxic elements in variety of foods and dietary supplements. In the last few years, his primary focus has been on LA-ICP-MS analyses and more specifically automating the technique for rapid screening in grain foods as well as multivitamins. Dr. Todorov has published several peer-review articles and has given numerous presentations on elemental analysis topics.

Day 2 10:00am EST – 4:00pm EST

Afternoon Session: 2 pm - 4 pm EST

Eric Farrell
Product Specialist
Milestone Inc.

Eric Farrell is the Product Specialist for the Digestion and Clean Chemistry lines at Milestone Inc. Eric obtained his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Union College in 2005, with a focus in inorganic chemistry. Prior to joining Milestone, he worked in the particle characterization field as a Laboratory Manager and in domestic and international sales, where he supported sales and applications across all product lines.

Dr. Yannick Bussweiler
Sales and Marketing Specialist
TOFWERK with Co-presenter Dr. Ryan Brennan, Glass Expansion

Yannick Bussweiler holds a PhD in geology from the University of Alberta, Canada. During his research on the geochemistry of Earth’s mantle he has gathered profound experience in LA-ICP-MS and other mass spectrometry methods. In 2017, he joined TOFWERK AG in Thun, Switzerland, as an application scientist for laser ablation combined with time-of-flight mass spectrometry. After a post-doctoral research position in experimental petrology at the University of Münster, Germany, he re-joined TOFWERK in 2020 to support the icpTOF team in marketing and sales.

Phil Shaw
Product Manager
Nu Instruments

Phil has been working with ICP-MS for over 30 years and been involved in the development of instruments, accessories and new analytical techniques covering every new development in ICP-MS with three different major instrument suppliers.

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