Spring Symposium

38th Annual Spring Symposium
May 9 – 11, 2017
Earle Brown Heritage Center
Minneapolis, MN

The Minnesota Chromatography Forum invites you to participate in its 38th Annual Spring Symposium and Short Courses at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Minneapolis, MN.  This year’s program will interest people from all areas of separation science.

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MCF Spring Symposium Registration Dates

RegistrationAdvanced Registration Prices and DatesOn-Site Registration Prices and Dates
Spring Symposium$125 before April 1
$150 from April 1 to May 2
$170 after May 2
Spring Symposium with Course$100 before April 1
$115 from April 1 to April 30
On-site course registration is not available
Short Course$475 before April 1$495 from April 1 to May 2nd
Abstract Submission DeadlineApril 2
NOTE: Discounts are available for full time students, retirees & companies registering 10+ attendees! Contact events coordinator to authenticate and provide discount.


MCF Spring Symposium Overview

Event DescriptionDate
Short CoursesMay 9-10
Vendor Seminars, Exhibitor ReceptionMay 10
Special Topic SessionMay 10
Poster SessionsMay 10-11
Spring Symposium Technical ProgramMay 11

Event Coordinator:
Jenn Rosen
Email: jenn@rosetreeevents.com
Phone: 612-990-3924

Earle Brown Heritage Center
Directions to EBHC
6300 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430
Tel: +1-763-560-2700
Fax: +1-763-560-2701Minneapolis, MN


The Minnesota Chromatography Forum is a scientific society committed to the advancement of chromatography. Since its founding in 1978, the MCF has provided area chromatographers with the opportunity to expand their knowledge in the separation sciences in a variety of ways.

Each year three evening sessions (typically fall, winter, spring) are held with invited speakers ranging from local experts to leading international chromatographers. In addition to the evening meetings, a three day Spring Symposium and Exposition is held in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.



MCF events are organized by volunteers from the MCF membership. The MCF needs your active participation to continue to offer a variety of interesting and informative programs. Members are encouraged to sign up for any of the following committees:  Education, Membership, Newsletter, or Symposium (Program, Exhibits, Facilities & Publicity).  A description of each committee and a sign-up sheet will be provided in the Spring Symposium program. Please become an active member of the Minnesota Chromatography Forum.

MCF Spring Symposium: The Upper Midwest’s Largest Chromatographic Instrumentation and Supplies Exhibition


  • MCF MEMBERSHIP ONLY (1-YEAR) – $   25.00
  • SPRING SYMPOSIUM – Includes luncheon and complimentary 1-year MCF membership.


  • Short courses include luncheon for 2 days and complimentary 1-year MCF membership.
  • Short course fees do not include registration for Spring Symposium (May 4) but short course participants may register for the Spring Symposium for a reduced rate!   Deadline for Course Registration is May 2, 2017.

Short Course Offerings:

  • “Advanced HPLC & UHPLC Method Development Using Quality by Design (QbD)” by John Dolan
  •  “Comprehensive GC and GC/MS Troubleshooting” by Richard Rossiter                                                         
  •  “Analytical Sampling and Sample Preparation for Chromatography” by Douglas Raynie


Where to Stay: The MCF has blocked a limited number of rooms for Spring Symposium participants at:

  • Embassy Suites, Brooklyn Center (763.560.2700) at $159 / night (for single/double room), and
  • Country Inn & Suites, 2550 Freeway Blvd, Brooklyn Center (763-561-0900) at $100 / night.


Making Reservations:

  • Embassy Suites: DEADLINE for MCF room rate: April 8, 2017. Make reservations as soon as possible, limited space is available. Participants desiring accommodation can phone the hotel directly at 763-560-2700 or 1-800-Embassy to make reservations (and let them know you need to make a reservation in the (MN CHROMATOGRAPHY FORUM) block.  Let them know the Group Code: (MCF)
  • Enter in the dates of stay, and then select ‘add special rate code’.  In the ‘Group Code’ box, enter the following: MCF
  • Country Inn & Suites: DEADLINE for MCF room rate at: April 8, 2017.
  • Make reservations as soon as possible, limited space is available. Participants desiring accommodation can phone (MN CHROMATOGRAPHY FORUM) block. Let them know the Group Code: (CROMO). Or register online at:


Keynote Address:

“Exploration of Martian Habitability with the Curiosity Rover


Paul Mahaffy



Solar System Exploration Division


Goddard Space Flight Center


The Curiosity Rover has been on the surface of Mars for more than 4 years exploring the geology and chemistry of what was once a large lake billions of years ago. The goal of the mission is to understand the habitability of Mars, especially that of the ancient environment. Could microbial life have existed in this environment? The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) investigation of this rover conducts volatile and isotope measurements of both the atmosphere and solids to help elucidate ancient environmental conditions and the global changes that have transformed Mars over time. Chromatography is important for the search for organic compounds in rocks with SAM’s gas chromatograph mass spectrometer experiment. Key measurements from SAM, to date, include the first in situ detection of organics preserved in these rocks for billions of years, the first in situ exposure age and K/Ar rock formation age, detection of perchlorates in rocks and soils, measurement of the D/H ration of water that formed clays more than 3 billion years ago, and detection of methane in the atmosphere. The Curiosity Rover is presently on the flanks of Mt. Sharp and headed toward distinct clay and sulfate rich layers higher up on this central mound in Gale crater. These and other ongoing exciting discoveries from the mission will be described.