Courses

ALE: POST-GRADUATE SEASON SCHOOLS ON ADVANCED SEPARATION SCIENCE

Organized by the universities of Amsterdam, Leuven and Edinburgh in the context of the League of European Research Universities (LERU)

Introduction
Ale logoThe ALE consortium, consisting of academicians from the University of Amsterdam, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and the University of Edinburgh, aims to organize a series of seasonal (summer, fall, spring) courses on advanced separation science during a 14-month period (from July 2017 through August 2018). Separation science is the largest subfield of analytical chemistry and it is immensely important for many aspects of science and society, including life science and health, food science and food safety, material science, and environmental science. The three universities involved all possess world-class knowledge and expertise on specific aspects. Together, they provide a unique opportunity for a number of University of Amsterdam graduate students to gain advanced knowledge in separation science. Young staff will be intimately involved in the program and the team will share and exchange (computer-based) exercises. This will stimulate improvements in the regular curriculums of all three institutions in a very important area.

Participating institutions

University of Amsterdam
Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS), Faculty of Science
Prof. dr. ir. P.J. Schoenmakers

University of Edinburgh
School of Engineering
Dr. Simone Dimartino

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
Prof. dr. Deirdre Cabooter

Season schools

Short courses (3 to 5 days) will be organized in different seasons.

1. Summer school on multi-dimensional chromatography

University of Amsterdam, 5 days, July 2017

Course organizer: Peter Schoenmakers

Course support: Iris de Lange

Course information: This five-day course concerns the principles, instrumentation, optimization and application of multi-dimensional chromatographic separation techniques. This course will consist of a combination of lectures and tutorials. Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC) and comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography (LC×LC) will be explained in detail. Other techniques, such as comprehensive two-dimensional supercritical-fluid chromatography and spatial two-dimensional and three-dimensional LC will also be discussed. Applications that will be discussed arise from the oil and (petro-)chemistry field (oil, surfactants, polymers), life science and health (peptides, proteins, metabolites, pharmaceuticals), food science, etc.

Teachers include (tentatively) Prof. P.J. Schoenmakers (UvA), Prof. D. Cabooter (KUL), Prof. J.G.M. Janssen (UvA), Dr. M. Camenzuli (UvA), Dr. A. Gargano (UvA), Dr. B. Wouters (UvA), Dr. S. Nawada (UvA), Dr. J. Blomberg (Shell).

In the context of the AIO Network Analytical Chemistry (ANAC) the course will also be offered to PhD students from other Dutch universities.

2. Fall school on fundamentals of chromatography

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 5 days, October 2017

Course organizer: Deirdre Cabooter

Course support: Bert Wouters

Course information: In this course the fundamentals of (liquid) chromatographic separations will be treated in depth. The van-Deemter equation and kinetic plots will take centre stage. The characteristics of contemporary ultra-high-pressure LC will be discussed in terms of achievable speed and efficiency. Viscous heating and extra-column band broadening will be discussed. Supercritical-fluid chromatography (SFC) will be compared with LC and the possibilities of chiral LC and of preparative LC will be explained.

Teachers include (tentatively) Prof. Dr. D. Cabooter, Prof. Dr. G. Desmet, D. K. Broeckhoven, Prof. F. Lynen, Dr. W. de Malsche.

3. Spring school on 3D-printing of columns, devices and stationary materials

University of Edinburgh, 3 days, Spring 2018

Course organizer: Simone Dimartino

Course support: Suhas Nawada

Course information: Additive manufacturing (3D printing) is predicted to play an increasingly significant role in the analytical sciences. This three day course will elaborate on current work and future prospects of this technology in the field of liquid chromatography. Contents of this course will include: - An overview of printing methods and future trends - Creating novel column geometries in liquid chromatography - Column housing and ancillary devices Lectures and tutorials on 3D design, printing methods and applications will be combined with hands-on tutorials with design software and the 3D printer.

Teachers include (tentatively) Dr. Simone Dimartino (University of Edinburgh), Ursula Simon (University of Edinburgh), Dr. Suhas Nawada (UvA), Dorina Adamopoulou (UvA)

4. Summer school on chromatography and hyphenation

University of Amsterdam, 5 days, August 2018

Course organizer: Peter Schoenmakers

Course support: Iris de Lange

Course information: This five-day course provides a brief review of the main chromatographic (and related) techniques and specific insight in a number of hyphenated and two-dimensional methods of analysis. Lecture and tutorial topics include (tentatively) reviews of gas-chromatographic, liquid-chromatographic and electrophoretic concepts, couplings with mass spectrometry (MS), i.e. GC-MS, LC-MS and CE-MS, nuclear-magnetic-resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, including hyphenation with supercritical-fluid chromatography (SFC-NMR), size-exlusion chromatography in combination with mass-selective detectors and surface-plasmon Resonance (SPR), applications in life science (proteomics, metabolomics), food science and natural-product research, chemicals and polymers.

Teachers include (tentatively) Prof. P.J. Schoenmakers (UvA), Prof. D. Cabooter (KUL), Prof. S. Dimartino (UoE), Prof. J.G.M. Janssen (UvA), Prof. R. Peters (UvA), Prof. A.C. van Asten (UvA), Dr. M. Camenzuli (UvA), Dr. A. Gargano (UvA), Dr. B. Wouters (UvA), Dr. A. Astefanei (UvA), Prof. G.L. Corthals (UvA), Prof. G.W. Somsen (VU Amsterdam) and Dr. R. Haselberg (VUA).

In the context of the AIO Network Analytical Chemistry (ANAC) the course will also be offered to PhD students from other Dutch universities.

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