On-site and In-vivo Instrumentation and Applications (#88)

The ultimate goal of chemist is to perform analysis at place where a sample is located rather than moving the sample to laboratory, as it is a common practice in many cases at present time. This approach eliminates errors and time associated with sample transport and storage and therefore it results in more accurate, precise and faster analytical data and therefore faster and more appropriate decision and action. In addition to portability, two other important features of the ideal on-site instrumentation are elimination of solvent use and integration with sampling and sample preparation step. This symposium will feature speakers from government and academic laboratories, who are at the forefront in developing suitable field techniques and instrumentation. In recent years, there has been a lot of interest in monitoring levels of biologically active compounds in living systems in their natural environments. These efforts are a significant departure from conventional 'sampling' techniques, where a portion of the system under study is removed from its natural environment, and the compounds of interest extracted and analyzed in a laboratory environment. There are two main motivations for exploring these types of investigations. The first one is the desire to study chemical processes in association with the normal biochemical milieu of a living system, and the second one is the lack of availability or impracticality of removing suitable samples from a living system, frequently because of size. Approaches to characterization of the whole system including binding to macromolecules and nanoparticles will be discussed. The scope of the proposed symposium is multidisciplinary and expects to touch on various areas of Chemistry and instrumentation. The proposed topics to be covered are diverse and expect to cover instrument miniaturization, improvement in separation and detection including mass spectrometry deployed on land or under water, optical spectroscopic techniques for continuous monitoring, point of care instrumentation as well as sample preparation to facilitate on-site and in-vivo measurements.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015