Annual Courses

MCF Presents the Winter 2018 Workshop Offering: January 16 & 17, 2018

Announcing the MCF’s workshop in Beginning High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)! We are pleased to offer our introductory workshop this coming winter. The workshop will provide introductory training in HPLC and its application to practical industrial and laboratory analytical problems. This workshop includes classroom instruction with real world examples of the use of HPLC*.

Course Content: “Introduction to High Performance Liquid Chromatography

  • Introduction
  • Fundamental Chromatographic Theory
  • Reverse-Phase Chromatography
  • Column Processes – Theory and Practical Considerations
  • Advanced Reverse-Phase Chromatography
  • Column Chemistry Evolution
  • Detectors
  • Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Real-World Applications (Time Permitting)*

* Please note that this course does not include a “hands on” session offering as in the past

Instructors: Dr. David D. Johnson, Lead Research Specialist, 3M (Corporate Research Analytical Laboratory)

Rick Rossiter, MA [Oxon] – 3M Retired


Date/Time: January 16th – 17th, 2018; 8:00am ~ 4:30pm

Location: New Brighton Community Center – Room 220

400 10th St NW

New Brighton, MN 55112

Free Parking!!!

Tuition: $700 per person

To register, visit the minnchrom store.

Class size is limited! Please register by December 15th, 2017!

For registration questions, contact Jenn Rosen at

For workshop content questions, contact Dr. David D. Johnson at

Lunch, as well as refreshments for morning and afternoon breaks, is provided each day. Please note any dietary restrictions when you register as we will make every effort to accommodate! Free parking is available at the center.

Visit for more information about the location and for a map and directions to the center.

About the Instructors:

Dr. David D. Johnson received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Arizona in Tucson. After completion of his schooling, he began his career in industry with 3M. He worked in the 3M Corporate Research Laboratory Separations Group developing methods and doing general problem solving with various separation technologies including LC, GC, CE, and SPE. In addition, he performed research into novel sorbent systems and applications for SPE.

After managing various groups in 3M’s Corporate Analytical and Corporate Process Laboratories, he returned to the bench where he is now group leader of the Competitive and Litigation Analysis group in 3M’s Corporate Research Analytical lab. This group’s mission is to protect 3M’s intellectual property interests through scientific inquiry.

In addition to his work at 3M, Dr. Johnson has served as an adjunct professor with the St. Paul Technical College, and an instructor in 3M’s STEP program – a science encouragement outreach program for St. Paul high school students.

Rick Rossiter holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford in the UK. He taught high school Chemistry in Colchester, England for ten years before moving to Minnesota in 1982.

He obtained a position in the 3M Corporate Research Analytical Laboratory, which provides global analytical leadership for that diverse company. For over thirty years he performed analyses and solved problems using GC, LC, SFC and CE, coupled to a wide variety of detectors including mass spectrometry and atomic emission. During that time he also served as an adjunct professor with the St. Paul Technical College, and for many years was a leader for 3M’s science experience program, STEP.

Rick has been a co-instructor for the MCF Beginning GC course for several years, and a regular presenter at the MCF Spring Symposium.

He retired in 2016, but continues to volunteer as a member of the 3M Visiting Wizards, who provide science experiences for elementary students and their parents.