Pittcon Announces the 2018 James L. Waters Symposium: Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry for Imaging and Analysis

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Pittcon finalizes the speakers for the 2018 James L. Waters Symposium to be held on Monday, February 26.

The Pittcon Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the details of the 2018 James L. Waters Annual Symposium. “Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry for Imaging and Analysis.”

The 29th Waters symposium will recognize the history, science, and applications of the technologies associated with ambient ionization mass spectrometry for imaging and analysis. This presentation will trace its original developments in the Purdue University laboratories of Professor R. Graham Cooks to the initial commercialization by Prosolia, Inc. to the most recent applications in a wide array of fields from nanotechnology to homeland security to medical operating rooms.

We are extremely pleased to welcome the following innovators to Pittcon 2018.

Graham Cooks, "DESI: Concept, Early Developments, Current Trends"

Graham Cooks received Ph. D.s from the University of Natal and Cambridge University, UK. He works with mass spectrometers, their fundamentals and applications. He is a past president of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of Ph. D. students.

Justin Wiseman, "From Discovery to Commercialization: The Journey of Desorption Electrospray Ionization (DESI) Mass Spectrometry"

Dr. Justin Wiseman is chairman, president & CEO of Prosolia, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Phlebotics, Inc., a medical device start-up company developing automated blood sampling devices for personalized care.

Pieter Dorrestein, "How to Get Atmospheric Mass Spectrometry from a Niche Tool to Use by the General Population"

Pieter Dorrestein is a professor at the University of California – San Diego. He is the Director of the Collaborative Mass Spectrometry Innovation Center and a co-director, Institute for Metabolomics Medicine in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Departments of Pharmacology and Pediatrics.

Thalappil Pradeep, "Ambient Ion-Based Synthesis of Functional Materials"

Thalappil Pradeep is an Institute Professor at IIT Madras, India. His research interests are in molecular and nanoscale materials and he develops instrumentation for such studies. He is also involved in the development of affordable technologies for drinking water purification and they have reached over 8 million people so far. He is a recipient of several national awards and is a Fellow of all the science and engineering academies of India.

Richard N. Zare, "Mass Spectrometry Imaging in the Service of Human Health"

Richard N. Zare is the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor of Natural Science with an appointment in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics (by courtesy), Stanford University.

This informative session will take place during Pittcon on Monday, February 26, 1:30 p.m. Details and bios of the speakers can be found at pittcon.org.

About the James L. Waters Annual Symposium
The James L. Waters Annual Symposium is a unique component of the Pittcon Technical Program. Mr. Waters, founder of Waters Associates, Inc. and president of Waters Business Systems, Inc. proposed in 1989 that the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) offer an annual symposium exploring the origin, development, implementation, and commercialization of scientific instrumentation of established and major significance. The objective of the symposium is to recognize researchers and the development and application of instrumentation by preserving the early, and in some cases, more mature history of the important contributions as well as the cooperation between inventors, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and marketing organizations.

About Pittcon
Pittcon® is a registered trademark of The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, a Pennsylvania non-profit organization. Co-sponsored by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, Pittcon is the premier annual conference and exposition on laboratory science. Proceeds from Pittcon fund science education and outreach at all levels, kindergarten through adult. Pittcon donates more than a million dollars a year to provide financial and administrative support for various science outreach activities including science equipment grants, research grants, scholarships and internships for students, awards to teachers and professors, and grants to public science centers, libraries and museums. Visit http://www.pittcon.org for more information.

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