Presentation of the speakers


Pat Sandra
Manager - RIC


Pat Sandra is Professor Emeritus of the group "Sciences Séparatifs" of the University of Ghent (Belgium). In 1986, he founded the Research Institute for Chromatography (RIC) in Kortrijk (Belgium), a center of excellence for research and teaching in chromatography and mass spectrometry.

He is also Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and Director Emeritus of the Pfizer Analytical Research Center at the University of Ghent. Currently, he is a scientific consultant for RIC and Metablys, an institute focusing on metabolomics. He recently co-founded anaRIC biologics, a laboratory for R & D and GMP biopharmaceuticals.

Pat Sandra is a remarkable figure in the field of separative sciences and author or co-author of over 500 scientific articles. He has received numerous awards for his contribution to separative sciences, including honorary doctorates.


Frank David
R&D Manager - RIC


Dr. Frank DAVID received his PH.D degree in 1986 at the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry of the University of Ghent under the direction Prof. Dr. M. Verzele.

Since October 1986, Frank David is R&D manager Chemical Analysis at the Research Institute for Chromatography (RIC) in Kortrijk under the direction of Prof. Dr. Pat Sandra.

Frank David is author of more than 100 scientific papers in different areas of separation science. His expertise includes capillary gas chromatography, supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC), GC-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS), multidimensional chromatography and miniaturization and automation of sample preparation.

Frank David is also consultant for instrument manufactures and for industrial laboratories in environmental, petrochemical, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. In this function he has a long experience in theoretical and practical training courses.

In addition, Frank David is also member of the scientific committee of the HTC (Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography) symposia and of the organizing committee of ISCC (Riva del Garda, Italy).


David Benanou
Expert Research Analytical Chemistry - Veolia Research & Innovation

David Benanou, expert in innovation and analytical research for the Veolia group, joined the Veolia Research Center in 1990. He specializes in separation techniques and mass spectrometry as well as sample preparation.

His area of expertise is mainly devoted to organic micropollution and the characterization of organic matter in environmental matrices and materials in contact with these matrices.

Graduate Engineer by the State in 2000, he has actively participated in many European projects. He was also a member of the CEN - European Committee for Standardization- commission on micro organic pollution in sludge, a member of the International Water Association (IWA), specialized in the field of taste and odor in drinking water and by-products of chlorination and an administrator of the Certech research center.

Promoter, among others, of the SBSE technique applied to large matrices, he is also a co-author of several patents regarding systems for online enrichment based on this technique.


Isabelle Van Leuven
Barry Callebaut

Isabelle Van Leuven has a Ph.D in bioengineering, MeBioS (Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors) of KULeuven in Belgium.

She has more than 20 years expertise in aroma research of different food matrices. She worked for more than 15 years in the laboratory for aroma research of KULeuven (Technology Campus Ghent) and investigated the aroma of different food matrices (e.g. coffee, cheese, milk, wine) and the odor of food packaging materials.

Since 2012 she is working at Barry Callebaut Belgium as GC-MS Specialist in the Global QA department. She supports in Global projects related to aroma for different departments such as QA, innovations, R&D, and process engineering.


Brian Logue
South Dakota University

Dr. Brian A. Logue is a Professor at South Dakota State University in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

His main research interests are the analysis of cyanide, its metabolites, and therapeutics of cyanide exposure. His interests also include the analysis of other toxic agents, the development of the ICECLES sample preparation technique, and the application of FCD surface modification.

He has over 40 publications in these areas.


Beate Gruber
Research Institute for Chromatography

Beate Gruber holds a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Rostock. Her thesis research was conducted in the field of comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography and in particular its application in environmental health in the Cooperation Group Comprehensive Molecular Analytics of the Joint Mass Spectrometry Centre at the German Research Centre for Environmental Health in Munich under the supervision of Prof. Ralph Zimmermann.

Beate continued the research on environmental and health-related compounds by gas chromatography in the group of Prof. Jean-François Focant at the University of Liège, followed by a research stay in the laboratory of Prof. Frank Dorman at the Pennsylvania State University.

In September 2018, Beate joined the RIC as a postdoctoral researcher. Her main areas of expertise include sample preparation for the monitoring of volatile organic compounds in biological and environmental matrices and their analysis using one- as well as multi-dimensional gas chromatography, coupled with detection technologies such as (high-resolution) mass spectrometry and vacuum ultraviolet absorption detection.


Christophe Devos
Research Institute for Chromatography

Christophe Devos received his Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry in 2007 from the Ghent University. During his Ph.D study he developed analytical methods for ultra-trace analysis of organometallic compounds  in environmental samples that he then applied in a laboratory complying under GMP regulation.

He then joined the Research Institute for Chromatography, Kortrijk, Belgium in 2005 where he was involved in the development and automation of novel sample preparation methods for gas chromatographic analysis.

He is presently team leader of the sales and application support group.


Catherine Brasseur

Catherine Brasseur obtained her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Liege, under the supervision of Professor Jean-François Focant.

Her thesis research included a research stay at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

From 2014 to 2017, she worked at the European Technology Center of ExxonMobil in Machelen, in the Advanced Characterization Department, as Supervisor of the Chromatography Laboratory.

She joined the Certech in 2017, as Senior Analytical Chemist.

The main areas of expertises of Catherine Brasseur are comprehensive two-dimensionnel gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, as well as sampling and analytical techniques for volatile organic compounds, covering multiple fields such as biological samples, environmental, air samples and material emissions.


Jean-François Focant
Liège University

Professor Jean-François Focant is the Head of the Chemistry Department of the University of Liège in Belgium. He is leading the Organic and Biological Analytical Chemistry group of the mass spectrometry laboratory.

Main research interests are coupling of sample preparation procedures, development of new chromatography strategies in separation science, hyphenation to various types of mass spectrometric detectors through multidimensional systems, and implementation of emerging strategies under QA/QC requirements for human biomonitoring and food control.

Professor Focant has been active in the field of dioxin analyses for the last 15 years. He chaired the 31st International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants and POPs (DIOXIN2011) in Brussels in 2011. Known as a dioxin expert, he is also active in other areas of Separation Science such as characterization of complex mixtures of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for medical and forensic applications as well as metabolomics.

Recent investigations include characterization of cadaveric decomposition odors, screening for biomarkers of cancer by breath analysis, and plant combustion studies.

Working on the hyphenation of state-of-the-art analytical techniques to solve practical analytical issues is what he enjoys to do.


John Quick
ALS Global
United Kingdom

John Quick been working as an analytical chemist in the water and environmental sector for 30 years. He has previously worked for Thames Water, the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Laboratories.

He has specialist knowledge of the analysis of environmental samples for trace level organic pollutants using modern analytical techniques and recently led development of a series of methods for the ultra-low level detection (sub ng/L) of organic pollutants in surface waters and sewage samples to meet the requirements of the UK Chemical Investigation Programme (CIP) and the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD).

He is currently working on the miniaturisation and automation of analytical methodology using robotic techniques.


Michel Letort
Researcher - Veolia Research & Innovation

Michel Letort holds a DUT in Physical Measurements, then a DEST in Physico-Chemical Methods of Analysis obtained at the CNAM. Michel Letort joined Anjou Recherche in 1991 in the Central Laboratory as a senior technician. He conducts quality control analyzes on all Veolia Group waters and participates in the implementation of Cofrac Accreditation.

Its field of application is focused more particularly on separation techniques such as liquid or gas phase chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry. In charge of studies since 1998, he develops methods of analyzes based on organic micropollutants according to the needs of the laboratory. He also carries out several missions abroad for skills transfer and training (Middle East, China, Gabon).

In 2016, he joined R & D in the Analytical and Reaction Chemistry Pole in the Environment and Health Department. He continues to bring his expertise in GC-MS, LC-MS, sample preparation (SBSE, HS, PTV, SPE, LLE, Pyrolysis) through numerous projects and technical assistance.


Araceli Lagadec Marquez
Fromageries BEL

Araceli Lagadec Marquez is Research Fellow in Biochemistry of Flavors in Bel Group Applied Research. Since 2013, she has specialized in the study and analysis of the aromatic properties of the different cheeses and products of the group.

Its research theme is organized around the impact of raw materials, manufacturing processes and storage conditions on the aromatic compounds present in the products as well as around the links between these aroma compounds and their sensory perception.

One of his team's priorities is the development of sensitive analytical techniques to characterize complex products such as cheese.

His PhD in Aroma Chemistry was obtained in 2011 at the University of Nantes. The thesis, carried out within the Flaveur team of the ONIRIS Agro-Food Engineering School in partnership with a company, focused on the link between the sensory, aromatic and texture properties of extruded and flavored PetFood products. This work allowed him to understand and use innovative techniques such as the GCxGC-MS / TOF.


Ng Kim Hui
Manager Analytical Services, Perfumery Division -
Firmenich Asia


Khim Hui is currently the Senior Manager of Analytical Services in perfumery division of Firmenich Asia Pte Ltd. His main focus is on fragrance analysis of consumer products, as well as fine fragrances.

He started his career in 2001 with the Health Sciences Authority of Singapore as a scientist, focusing on the analysis of illicit drug seizure and providing testimony as an expert witness. After four years of service, he moved on to Waters Asia Limited as Market Development Manager and Application Support Specialist – developing company portfolio in Asia Pacific region. Subsequently he joined Firmenich in 2006.

He graduated with a PhD from National University of Singapore and a BSc (Hons) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.


Albert Robbat
Chemistry Department - Tufts University

Dr. Robbat is on the faculty in the Department of Chemistry and is the Director of the Tufts University Sensory and Science Center: His research interests include sensory-directed analysis, plant-climate and pollutant-climate interaction effects. Toward this end, Professor Robbat’s interests focus on the development of new analytical technologies and data analysis software aimed at obtaining detailed metabolomic profiles of coffee, tea, hops and berries as a function of abiotic and biotic stress factors and cross-breeding as well as pollutant transport and fate in the environment, including the analysis of contaminants in the subsurface without bringing samples above ground. The Robbat research group and TUSSC employ targeted/untargeted 1D and 2D GC/MS and LC/MS aimed at answering climate-specific questions in these focus areas.

Dr. Robbat provides consulting services to both large and small companies, the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), law firms and venture capital companies.


Bastien Raccary
R&D Engineer in analytical chemistry - The Green Analytical Project

Bastien is a graduate engineer from the Lyon Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie and has also completed a MSc in Water Quality and Treatment at the University of Poitiers in order to acquire strong knowledge in analytical and environmental chemistry. Working in the Flavour and Fragrance field at Chanel and Firmenich in the R&D teams, he gained expertise and confirmed his keen interest in research.

Driven by strong ecological convictions, he starts working as consultant to participate in the transition to a more sustainable model of his discipline. With this aim in mind, he joined the think tank "The Green Analytical Project" and is working on a PhD thesis to develop a tool to measure and understand the ecological impact of analytical chemistry laboratories.


Oltan Canli
Tübitak Mam

Dr. Oltan Canlı was graduated from Chemistry from Celal Bayar University in 1999. Afterwards, he began his education at Gebze Technical University while working as a research assistant.

Then, he completed his PhD on PAH degradation in water samples at Gebze Technical University in 2010. He joined to TUBITAK Marmara Research Center (MRC) thirteen years ago. He is still working at the Environment and Cleaner Production Institute at TUBITAK MRC as a senior researcher under the Solid and Hazardous Waste research group.

His research mainly based on multi-residue analysis of PAHs, PCBs, Pesticides, Dioxins/Furans, PBDEs, hormones, pharmaceticals, endocrine disruptors in environmental samples and monitoring of surface water.


Mathew Muzi Nindi
Professor of Chemistry - University of South Africa

Mathew Muzi Nindi is currently a Professor at of Chemistry at the University of South Africa, South Africa, position he holds since 2008.  Previously he worked for the University of Botswana for 17 years where he rose from lecturer to Associate Professor. Mathew graduated from Kingston University (UK) with a B.Sc. (Hons) Applied Chemistry, specialising in Analytical Chemistry.  He obtained his Masters in Analytical Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Washington State University, USA.

Professor Nindi has long experience in sample preparation, chromatography and mass spectrometry.  His research involves greener sample preparation methods in food matrix and aquatic environment.  He has published extensively in these research fields and graduated 9 M.Sc. and 15 Ph.D. students. Mathew has worked in collaboration with IAEA to develop human capacity in several national laboratories in the African continent.


Oliver Lerch
Analytical Services - Gerstel Gmbh

Oliver Lerch, PhD, is a Senior Application Scientist at Gerstel GmbH & Co. KG in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. He received his PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany in 2003 for work on the quantification of endocrine disruptive chemicals in water samples. After a postdoc stay at the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam, Germany, working on automated analysis methods in the field of metabolomics he joined GERSTEL in 2005.

Dr. Lerch has played a key role in the development of numerous products and technologies, like the GERSTEL Dynamic Headspace module (DHS) and the automated Solid Phase Extraction module (SPE). Currently, he is charged with developing strategic applications together with international partners, for the water analysis, forensic toxicology and food safety markets, including presenting methods and results at scientific conferences and symposia.

He has more than 15 years of experience in chromatographic - GC and LC - and mass spectrometric techniques with a focus on innovative sample preparation and on the automation of complex sample preparation workflows.


Tatiana Cucu
Research Institute for Chromatography

Tatiana Cucu has obtained a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences, with major in Chemistry, in 2011 at Gent University, Belgium. Food Safety and Quality was her major field of interest during this period. She successfully accomplished several governmentally financed projects which dealt with different aspects of this topic (method development and optimisation for food proteins and allergens, emulsifiers and other food additives, etc).

In 2015 she joined the Research Institute for Chromatography. She has extensive expertise in gas-phase chromatography and mass spectrometry (method development, validation, automatization), data interpretation and statistical analysis.


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