Symposium Short Courses

The Minnesota Chromatography Forum Education Committee presents three short courses in conjunction with the 2019 Spring Symposium. Registration fees include luncheons, refreshments, and course materials. Course attendees can register for the Spring Symposium at reduced rates. Refer to the registration form for details. Short courses include luncheon for 2 days and complimentary 1-year MCF membership. Short course fees do not include registration for Spring Symposium but short course participants may register for the Spring Symposium for a reduced rate!

  • Short courses will be held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center May 7th and the morning of May 8th.
  • Registration deadline: May 1, 2019
  • Registration: $525 before April 15th and $575 from April 15th to May 1st

GC Method Development

Instructed By: Daron Decker

This advanced GC course will explore how to properly develop a method utilizing and applying GC theory, software programs and common sense. Problems will arise and so Troubleshooting will also be examined at length. Analysts should come away with the necessary skills to optimize existing and future methods for faster run times, better resolution, and/or overall robustness.

Course Outline

  • Review of GC Theory
  • Carrier Gas Considerations (Type, Flow rate, EPC)
  • Maximizing Sample Introduction Efficiency
  • Effect of Dimensions (Internal diameter, length, and film thickness) and Effects of Phase Type (Selectivity)
  • Effect of Temperature
  • Maximizing Resolution vs. Fast GC (Method Translation Software)
  • Troubleshooting
  • Conclusions, Discussion, Q&A


Meet the Instructor…

Daron Decker is a Gas Chromatography Applications Specialist for the Chemistries and Supplies Division at Agilent Technologies. Prior to Agilent Daron worked for nearly a decade for J&W Scientific in the area of technical support. Daron has given many seminars, courses and technical papers on GC both domestic and international. Daron’s seminars are well known in the industry for being excellent, informative and entertaining! In May 2003, Daron was awarded the Palmer Award by the MCF. Daron has over 30 years of GC experience and currently lives in the Houston, TX area with his wife of 32 years.

CSI – GC/MS Style

Instructed By: Robert J Kobelski, Ph.D., Principal Scientist

Imagine being able to solve a crime at the speed of a LaserJet printer just like on TV; you’ll have to imagine it because it won’t happen until the forensic Tricorder is developed and distributed in the 23rd century.  Until then we will have to stumble forward with the tools of routine chemical analysis, the most powerful of which is often GC/MS.

This fun course will attempt to solve a series of criminal chemical exposures using data from: clinical presentation, 2-D GC detectors (TCD, FID, NPD, ECD), proton NMR, FTIR and EIMS spectra.  Each scenario will introduce important fundamental concepts in the evaluation and interpretation of mass spectra.  The concepts that will be discussed include:

  • Estimating the number of carbon and nitrogen atoms in a molecule
  • Recognizing the number of bromine, chlorine, silicon and sulfur atoms
  • Determining the number of atoms of mono-isotope elements
  • Assembling the information about atoms present to propose possible molecular formula


Meet the Instructor…

Dr. Kobelski’s career as an analytical chemist has spanned more than 35 years in a variety of roles and environments.  From bench positions in private industry to a leadership role in government he has been driven by his desire to solve problems through chemical analysis and transfer the techniques and technologies for problem solving to others.  At CDC he was responsible for developing high throughput clinical analysis methods, creating a mechanism for training more than 40 public health laboratories in the performance of those methods and establishing and maintaining a proficiency testing program to demonstrate the lab network’s capability.


LC Method Development Tips for Robust and Reproducible Methods

Instructed By: Lori Sandford and Natalie Rassmussen

This course is for beginning to intermediate users of HPLC. It will cover the theory of chromatography, types of instrumentation, column type and selection, method development practices, method transfer, and troubleshooting.


Meet the Instructors…

Lori Sandford  is an HPLC Applications Scientist with Agilent Technologies, Inc. in Wood Dale, IL. Lori has been working at Agilent Technologies supporting HPLC instrumentation since 2010. Prior to Agilent, she was the Global Technology Manager for Prep and Process Chromatography at W. R. Grace/Alltech. Her career started at G.D. Searle/Pfizer in 1998 as a chromatography specialist in the Prep and Process Chromatography group supporting both Medicinal and Process Separations. When she isn’t tinkering with an HPLC in the lab, you’ll find her getting back on the ice at a hockey rink after nursing her last injury or planning her next scuba adventure.

Natalie Rassmussen graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in biology in 2004. She began work at ARUP Laboratories in Salt Lake City in 2005. She worked in a clinical toxicology lab, preparing and analyzing meconium, urine, and serum samples by enzyme immunoassay and mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS and LC-(Q)TOF-MS).  After 8 years of routine bench work, she moved into the research and development area. There she coordinated a head injury study with the University of Utah football team, developed and improved mass spec-based diagnostic tests, collaborated in research studies, presented at national conferences, and contributed to peer-reviewed publications and application notes. She resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. She enjoys exploring the outdoors, running, cooking, and playing softball in her free time. Natalie joined Agilent as a LC Separations Applications Scientist in August 2017.


Cancellation Policy:

Short Course cancellations made by April 8th, 2019, will be issued a full refund less a $25 processing fee for each course cancelled. Short Course cancellations made between April 8th, 2019 and May 1st, 2019, will be issued a 50 % refund of registration fee. Short Course cancellations will not be refunded after May 1, 2019.