JKUAT Hosts Annual GC-MS Training Workshop

Prof Anthony Gachanja addresses participants during the training workshop

Prof Anthony Gachanja addresses participants during the training workshop

Over 25 participants drawn from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sudan, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Congo and Ghana have converged at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for the 7th Annual Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) training workshop.

The workshop themed: ‘A versatile analytical technique for mixture component identification and quantification’ commenced Monday, 24th August 2015.

The GC-MS is an instrumental technique, comprising a gas chromatograph (GC) attached to a mass spectrometer (MS), by which complex mixtures of chemicals may be separated, identified and quantified. This makes it ideal for the analysis of the hundreds of relatively low molecular weight compounds found in environmental materials. In order for a compound to be analysed by GC-MS, it must be sufficiently volatile and thermally stable.

The five day workshop aims to train participants on basic skills on chromatography and interpretation of mass spectra. The participants will also be trained on how to handle GS-MS instruments. The workshop hopes to enhance the cost effectiveness and improve the efficiency of the GS-MS equipments used in the labs in Africa.

The training sessions are coordinated by Assistant Professor Mathias Schafer, University of Cologne, and Prof. Anthony Gachanja, Professor in Analytical/Environmental Chemistry at JKUAT with research interests in analytical instrumentation, natural pesticides, and water and air quality research.

The workshop is sponsored by Pan African Chemistry Network in collaboration with Royal Society of Chemistry and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The training workshop concludes Friday, 28th August 2015 with an evaluation session. Certificates of participation will be presented to all the trainees.

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