September Technical Seminar for Members

Tuesday 25th September 2018

“Unknown Unknowns: Using High-Resolution Accurate Mass Spectrometry as an Analytical Tool”

Bob Symons will present some insights on using a LC-QToF-MS as an analytical tool to look for untargeted compounds that may occur during a leftover chemical spill, discarded unknown chemical drums, discharges from a chemical fire and also to identify active constituents in legacy AFFF formulations.  The LC-QToF-MS instrument has been around for many years but recent advances have increased the sensitivity of this technique such that it is now applicable to trace analysis and together with advances in computing power plus machine learning have reduced the data interpretation required to sift through the large amounts of data generated.  Bob will go over the principles of QToF and then present some real world examples. 

Bob Symons has a PhD in analytical chemistry and is Regional Technical Manager for Eurofins Environment Testing Australia and New Zealand based in their Sydney laboratory.  Bob and has been working in the area of environmental organic chemistry for over 35 years particularly in the area of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as dioxins, PCBs, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and other brominated flame retardants, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and more recently pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) using mass spectrometric techniques such as LC-MS/MS, LC-QToF-MS, GC-MS/MS and GC-HRMS. 

WSP - Level 27, 680 George Street, Sydney

Contact Amy Valentine on 0432-666757 if you require assistance gaining entrance to the building.

5.30 drinks and nibbles
6.00 presentation

By Monday 24/9.  Please register so that adequate catering and seating can be organised.

Webex details will be provided by email prior to the event.

*** Members are reminded that attendance at our technical seminars counts towards CPD hours required by industry accreditation programs, as long as members register online and also confirm their attendance at the event.  NOTE: Please ensure you keep a record of your registration receipt for this purpose.



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