SciX is taking place IN PERSON in Providence, RI. There is no option to participate remotely. In early October, you will be able to purchase access to the SciX on-demand library at a discounted rate. Attendees in Providence have access to the on-demand library included in their registration rate.


Workshops will be located in the Omni Hotel, attached to the RICC, on the 3rd Floor in Ballrooms Bristol/Kent and Newport/Washington.

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These half or full day workshops occur throughout the SciX conference and are open to conference and non-conference attendees for a separate registration fee. You can add workshops when you register for SciX! New this year is an Early Career registration option.

   Half Day  Full Day
 Conferee $225  $450
 Non-Conferee $325  $550
 Early Career* $75  $125
 Student $25   $50

*New this year- Early Career attendees are those who are working professionally and are within 5 years of receiving their terminal degree, including postdoctoral fellows. The Early Career category is applicable to those for whom the terminal degree is a bachelors, masters, or doctorate degree.”


Sunday, September 26

9:00am- 12:00pm (Half Day) - CANCELLED; existing registrants will be refunded

Preprocessing, How To Do and Not To Do

Woody Barton, Light Light Solutions, LLC
Facilitated in cooperation with Coblentz and SAS

9:00am- 4:00pm (Full Day)

Searching Infrared and Raman Spectra - CANCELLED; existing registrants will be refunded

James de Haseth, Light Light Solutions, LLC

Facilitated in cooperation with Coblentz and SAS

Monday, September 27

9:00am- 12:00pm (Half Day)

Fundamentals of Vibrational Spectroscopy

John Wasylyk, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

Peter Larkin, Group Leader, Material Sciences, Analytical Solvay

The course is designed to provide an overview of the theory of vibrational spectroscopy and will encompass three widely used techniques, namely, Infrared, Near-infrared and Raman Spectroscopies. The full day session will cover basic spectroscopy principles, review the advantages and disadvantages of each technique, summarize the group frequency concept, and provide a comparison of the spectra-structure correlations of the three topical spectroscopies. Examples designed to complement the fundamentals of vibrational spectroscopy will provide a broad spectrum of application examples with reference to the chemical and physical analysis of solid, liquid and gaseous materials. The course will not only help to more efficiently evaluate vibrational spectroscopic data but will also enable participants to assess the pros and cons of the vibrational spectroscopies relative to other techniques.

9:00am- 12:00pm (Half Day)

Open-Source Electronics in Chemical Instrumentation

James Grinias, Rowan University

Samuel Foster, Rowan University

Bio: James Grinias is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Rowan University. His research interests include chromatography and microfluidics, as well as the design of low-cost and miniaturized platforms to facilitate these techniques. In 2018, James was named to the “Top 40 Under 40” Power List by The Analytical Scientist. His manuscript on the use of an Arduino Uno in a chromatographic data acquisition system is one of the most highly cited papers on the use of microcontrollers in chemical separations to date. Samuel Foster is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Rowan University. His research interests focus on portable and high-throughput capillary LC separations. He has designed and published multiple data acquisition systems, flow controllers, and robotic movement systems using the Raspberry Pi single-board computer.

Workshop Description: This course serves as an introduction to the use of low-cost microcontrollers (e.g. Arduinos) and single-board computers (e.g. Raspberry Pi) in chemical instrumentation. Examples of how these types of devices can be used to control light sources, valving, pumps, electrodes, sensors, data acquisition modules, and movement systems will be discussed. Strategies for hardware-software interfaces that can be implemented for simple user control of these functions will also be described. Attendees will additionally learn many practical tips on setting up and troubleshooting electronic control systems, primarily focused on common mistakes related to circuit design and software coding. As part of the course, students will have the opportunity to build a simple colorimetric cuvette reader that is operated with a microcontroller to conduct simple absorbance measurements of dyes.

1:00- 4:00pm (Half Day)

Problems with FT-IR Spectra and How to Avoid Them

Ellen Miseo, TeakOrigin, Inc.

Jenni Briggs, Pike Technologies (will not be present onsite)

Facilitated in cooperation with Coblentz and SAS

Bio: The course will be team taught by Ellen Miseo and Jenni Briggs. They are both practicing spectroscopists in industry and have hands-on practical experience with the material under discussion. Ellen Miseo has practiced infrared spectroscopy for her entire career. Her primary interest is in infrared microscopy and infrared imaging. Her accomplishments include development of equipment as well as foreseeing customer trends and adapting to them. Dr. Miseo is Past President (2016) of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and current President of the Coblentz Society and a member of the American Chemical Society. Jenni Briggs is the Senior Applications Engineer at Pike Technologies, a supplier of infrared, Raman and UV/Vis accessories. Jenni spends her time discussing spectroscopic techniques with a diverse set of instrument users.

Workshop Description: Users of FT-IR spectrometers may have received little or no formal training in spectroscopy and therefore cannot distinguish between “good” and “bad” spectra. In this course, we will show many of the problems that are commonly encountered with FT-IR spectra measured by inexperienced (and often experienced!) users and show how to avoid them. Problems can appear from the instrument, the sample accessory and/or presentation. Since the bulk of the samples that are currently analyzed are done by Attenuated Total Reflection we will cover it in detail. We will also address common problems associated with other accessories. This year we will also be including a “tricks of the trade” component to the class.

Tuesday, September 28

9:00am- 4:00pm (Full Day) - CANCELLED; existing registrants will be refunded

Basics of Multivariate Modeling of Spectroscopic Data

Michael Roberto, Northwest Analytics

9:00am- 12:00pm (Half Day)

Introduction to ICP-MS: Fundamentals, Best Practice and Tips and Tricks - CANCELLED

Dula Amarasiriwardena, Hampshire College

Facilitated in cooperation with SAS

1:00- 4:00pm (Half Day) - CANCELLED; existing registrants will be refunded

Introduction to Infrared, Raman, and Near Infrared Spectroscopy

James de Haseth, Light Light Solutions, LLC

Facilitated in cooperation with Coblentz and SAS

Wednesday, September 29

9:00am- 12:00pm (Half Day)

Beginners Guide to Atomic Absorption and Emission Spectroscopy

Dula Amarasiriwardena, Hampshire College

Facilitated in cooperation with SAS

Bio: Dula Amarasiriwardena, Professor of Chemistry, at Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Dula regularly teaches analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry and general chemistry. His research is focused on the transport properties and the fate of trace metals and metal nanoparticles in soil and aquatic environments. Professor Amarasiriwardena served as a Fulbright Specialist in Chile.

Workshop Description: This course will cover recent advances in analytical atomic spectroscopy including flame atomic absorption spectroscopy (FAAS), atomic emission spectroscopy (AES), hydride generation (HG)-AAS, cold vapor(CV)-AAS, and graphite furnace AAS (GF-AAS). Course content includes fundamentals, theory, instrumentation, practice, troubleshooting hints, as well as common applications. We will also briefly discuss sample preparation methods available for spectrochemical analysis. Analytical merits and limitations of each method will be presented.

1:00- 4:00pm (Half Day)

3D printing for microfluidic devices CANCELLED; existing registrants will be refunded

Greg Nordin, Brigham Young University

Adam Woolley, Brigham Young University

1:00- 5:00pm CANCELLED; existing registrants will be refunded

Innovations in Beer Quality through Instrumental Analysis

Ben Chambers, Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling

Thursday, September 30

9:00am- 4:00pm (Full Day)

An Introduction to Quantitative Spectroscopic Analysis

Debbie Peru, DP Spectroscopy & Training LLC

Facilitated in cooperation with SAS

Bio: Deborah (Debbie) Peru is the Owner and President of DP Spectroscopy & Training LLC. She has over 36 years in industrial R&D and Process Analytical Experience in the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, specialty chemical, and consumer products industries. Ms. Peru spent most of her professional career developing NIR, Mid IR, Raman, and UV/Vis methods for the laboratory and manufacturing environments. Her PAT experience includes use of various spectroscopy techniques, laboratory reactors and particle size analyzers for process optimization and cost savings. Ms. Peru has developed numerous qualitative and quantitative methods for quality control testing of products and managed research projects pertaining to development and use of spectroscopic devices for clinical testing of products on human subjects. Ms. Peru has degrees in Nutritional Science and Chemistry from the University of Delaware and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A). Ms. Peru is Secretary of the NY/NJ SAS and recipient of the 2019 SAS Distinguished Service Award.

Workshop Description: This course is designed to provide practical information for the development of quantitative methods in spectroscopy. This introductory course is ideally suited for Scientists and Managers who want to expand their knowledge of developing and implementing spectroscopic methods for quantitative analysis of key ingredients or components in products. The course provides an overview of basic statistics, method development considerations, and common quantitative techniques, Additionally, the course provides practical considerations in designing methods, defining the problem, and validation requirements to ensure compliance with USP guidelines. Several applications and group discussions are included in each lesson to illustrate key principals. Gas phase analysis will not be discussed.

1:00- 4:00pm (Half Day)

Fundamentals and Applications of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)

Annie Dowgiallo, SRI International

Bio: Anne-Marie Dowgiallo is a senior research scientist at SRI International, where her current research interests include trace chemical and biological detection using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), laser-based spectroscopic technologies, and understanding the unique interplay between nanoparticle (NP) structure and optical or electronic properties. Previously, she was a senior scientist at Ocean Insight, where she provided technical guidance on SERS technology and designed custom solutions for customers using optical spectroscopy in biomedical, industrial, food, agriculture, safety, security, and pharmaceutical markets. This included developing novel sensor materials based on gold NPs to test environmental samples such as water, soil, and food for pesticides, toxins, and pathogenic bacteria at concentrations as low as parts-per-billion (ppb) using SERS. She received her PhD in physical chemistry from Florida State University in 2013.

Workshop Description: This course serves as an introduction to surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and its relevance to a variety of applications such as pharmaceuticals, defense, medical, and the environmental. SERS is a versatile technique in its ability to identify chemical species and obtain structural information, impacting fields such as polymer and materials science, biochemistry and biosensing, catalysis, and electrochemistry. Attendees will learn the basics of Raman, SERS, nanotechnology, and ways to utilize this powerful spectroscopic tool.

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