Over 20 researchers and postgraduate students in the area of chemistry drawn from 18 countries have concluded training on Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) and Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) techniques used to analyze live molecules in food, medicine and organic compounds.
The annual one-week training sponsored by Royal Society of Chemistry, Pan-Africa Chemistry Network and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) aims at supporting the creation of a self-sustaining science base in Africa, to solve local challenges and contribute to global knowledge in the chemical sciences.
Prof. Anthony Gachanja of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology highlighted the importance of the training in food and nutrition and the eradication of food poisoning challenges in Kenya and the global scene.
“GC-MS and LC-MS can be used to quantify and qualify food and nutrition and therefore you would know the amount of nutrients in your food samples, quality of food and through analysis you will be able know if the food is contaminated or not, “said Prof. Gachanja.
Dr. Giles Edwards from the University of Manchester who coordinated the training also underscore the significance of the training while urging the trainees to be agents of change in their respective countries.
“I am here today to train these researchers on these techniques because through them, we can reach out to the rest of Africa. I am hoping that they will share the knowledge back home,” said Dr. Edwards
Ms. Samuel Nonofo who is a postgraduate student at Botswana International University of Science and Technology lauded the impact of the training and the value addition it would bring to Botswana through her efforts.
“I have learnt a lot from the workshop. When I came here, I only knew the theoretical aspects of LC-MS but now I have had a chance to practically see how the instrument is operated and with this knowledge, I am planning to train my colleagues in my institution because most of them don’t know how the instruments operate; those who know have difficulties in maintaining and troubleshooting. I have also had a chance to upgrade my knowledge especially with the interpretation,” said Ms. Nonofo.
The training took place between July 9 to July 13, 2018.