A total of 15 researchers in the field of chemistry drawn from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Rwanda have converged at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for the annual Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) training workshop.
The training is aimed at equipping participants with critical skills in chromatography and interpretation of mass spectra using GS-MS instruments while also building capacity for analytical chemists in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Speaking during the opening of the workshop April 25, 2022, Principal, College of Pure and Applied Sciences, Prof. George Thiong’o said the training will be key in mastering critical analytical techniques used for analyzing the components of food and drugs.
While welcoming the participants to the University, Prof. Thiong’o underscored the significance of the training noting that analytical skills will widen the spectrum of participants in research, training and consultancy.
He urged the participants to take full advantage of the training to network and expand their knowledge of the University.
“I want to encourage you to interact and network during your stay in the University. Explore the university such as the botanical garden and high level of research facilities available at Sino-Africa Joint Research Center,” said Prof. Thiong’o.
Prof. Anthony Gachanja, who is a lecturer of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at JKUAT and the lead trainer, stated that the specialist training will build capacity of analytical chemists in their respective countries.
Prof. Gachanja said “trainees are comprised of PhD students and lecturers who will be tasked with imparting the knowledge to their students in their respective institutions.”
On his part, Ivan Kiganda, a PhD student from Uganda noted that glaring gaps still remain in his country with regards to sample preparation, method development and validation.
He remained optimistic that the training will address the challenges facing analytical chemists such as scarcity of knowledge in using analytical equipment and data analysis.