Join Spectroscopy Week: Virtual Users Meeting
Research, production and analytical laboratories worldwide rely on spectroscopy and other characterization tools for the rapid development of new innovative materials and the efficient qualitative and quantitative analysis of those materials. This is evident in areas such as forensics, polymers, food & beverage and pharmaceuticals. With these tools, labs can identify dangerous substances, support polymer innovation, ensure the safety and enjoyment of our food, and deliver effective medicines.
Join us for Spectroscopy Week: a Virtual Users Meeting where international technical experts and scientists will apply and demonstrate these critical tools in real world applications.
Forensics - Monday, May 24
Polymers - Tuesday, May 25
Food and Beverage - Wednesday, May 26
Pharmaceuticals - Thursday, May 27
Ben is an applications scientist with Nanoscience Instruments, the U.S. distributor for Phenom Desktop SEMs. He specializes in automated SEM applications, and has 13 years of experience using automated SEM in forensics, metallurgy, and manufacturing.
Matt Bartucci is currently is an Application Scientist for the Nicolet FTIR product line at Thermo Fisher Scientific, and he currently works out of the Bannockburn Center of Excellence demo laboratory outside of Chicago, IL. Matt earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Iowa in 2008 and his Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago in 2013. His graduate research focused characterizing organic monolayer surface coatings via grazing angle FTIR (i.e. PM-IRRAS) to confirm the molecular assembly with applications towards future electronic devices. After graduate school, Matt’s postdoctoral research for the Army Research Labs focused on generating novel polymers for extreme military environments. Today he will be discussing how FTIR can be used as quality control tool to generate product confidence in the polymer industry.
Master in pharmaceutical chemistry and technology • Università of Milano
Thesis in collaboration with the Technical Politecnico di Milano Istituto Giulio Natta on: "Chemical and biological aspects of the surface of polymeric materials for biomedical use with infrared spectroscopy with total attenuated reflectance and with Fourier transform"
After obtaining my degree in analytical chemistry, I joined Thermo Fisher Scientific as a service engineer in 2015, to get some hands-on experience with the instruments before moving to a role in applications in 2017. During the course of my PhD and career, I worked on multiple analytical techniques, such as (synchrotron-based) x-ray techniques, LA-ICP-MS, electron microscopy and molecular spectroscopy. Due to an interest in data analysis and chemometrics, I am currently focusing primarily on molecular spectroscopy.
• Over 15 years of experience in the molecular spectroscopy industry
• Working with Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Food industry implementing Vibrational Spectroscopy solutions for material characterization, process monitoring, fault diagnosis and final product characterization.
Andrey Kuzmin received his degree in Physics at the Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Belarus, in 1982 where he became a permanent researcher in 1982. Since 2002 he is permanent researcher at the Institute of Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics, University at Buffalo (SUNY), USA. His current research is devoted to the application of Raman microspectrometry and nonlinear imaging in biomedicine. The applicative field involves CARS bioimaging and biomolecular component analysis of Raman spectra. He is the author of more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals with h-index 22 (source ISI WOS - Core Collection) and a reviewer of more than 10 scientific journals.
Ron Rubinovitz is a senior applications scientist at Thermo Fisher Scientific, focusing on FTIR, IR microscopy, FT-Raman, Near-IR and chemometrics. He earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania went on to work as an application scientist in the field of vibrational spectroscopy with emphasis on both qualitative analysis and quantitative methods. He has worked with a number of sampling techniques covering applications in pharmaceutical, industrial and food industries.
Christopher Shaffer is the Business Development Manager for Thermo Scientific’s Bulk Element Analysis Division (x-ray diffraction, x-ray fluorescence and optical emission spectroscopy). He has been at Thermo in the Bulk Elemental Analysis (BEA) division since 2007. After graduating college, Chris started his career at the Ferro Corporation managing an analytical laboratory. Chris first learn the techniques of x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray fluorescence (XRF) while at the Ferro Corp. Upon leaving Ferro Corp, Chris joined Thermo as an XRF applications specialist for North America. In 2011, Chris moved to Switzerland to become the product manager for the newly launched Thermo ARL Perform’X XRF. In 2013, Chris moved back to North America as Latin American business manager for the BEA group. In 2017, Chris moved to the position of business development manager.
Lawrence Wayne has been a trace materials investigator for 33 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Michigan Technological University then spent 8 years as a microscopist in the US Air Force. Mr. Wayne then joined Forensic Analytical Specialties, Inc. (now a part of SGS North America) as a microscopist and researcher. His experience includes R&D for new service lines for the company, including wildfire residue testing, respirable silica by FTIR and trace materials analysis investigations using various techniques of microscopy and vibrational spectroscopy. Mr. Wayne is a court-qualified expert witness in trace evidence examination and gunshot residue testing, spent three years on the board of directors of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners (ASTEE) and is a fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society. He is also an instructor in the graduate forensic sciences program at the University of California at Davis, where he teaches courses in forensic microscopy.
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