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Course Information
Course Title: Chemistry Laboratory Techniques for the Chemist and Technician – A Comprehensive Review
Categories: 1 - Liquid Chromatography
2 - Gas Chromatography
3 - Teaching Analytical Chemistry
4 - Inductively Coupled Plasma
5 - Infrared Spectroscopy
6 - X-Ray Spectrometry
Instructor(s): Bryan Ham / Aihui MaHam Course Number: 90
Affiliation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Course Date: 03/05/2016 - Saturday Course Length: 2 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Course Date 2: 03/06/2016 - Sunday    
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $1050 ($1450 after 2/12/16) Textbook Fee: $150

Course Description
The objective of the course is to present a survey of analytical chemistry and instrumental analyses. The class begins with an introduction/refresher/review of the laboratory including safety, glassware, basic math, data treatment (statistics), graphing and Excel, lab solutions, acid base theory and titrations. A section is also devoted to the introduction and use of an example of a typical laboratory LIMS program. The course then quickly moves to the theory and application of analytical techniques such as spectroscopy including UV/Vis, fluorescence, FTIR, NMR, and metals analyses including AAS, AMS, XRF and XRD, and then chromatography including HPLC, SPE, TLC, GLC, GC-MS, SCX and CE. The course then completes with a short survey of modern mass spectrometry. The course includes the use of two working programs, the first an example of a typical laboratory LIMS used for sample logging and data input, and the second is a chemist and technicians toolkit used for numerous applications in the lab, for teaching, and for review.

Target Audience
There are 350,000 applied chemical technology professionals in the U.S. workforce (ACS). The course targets chemists, lab technicians, analysts and undergraduate students. Lab managers to observe the course, the course’s book, and the accompany LIMS and ToolKit programs to incorporate. Teachers and professors to teach a lab and analytical chemistry course.

Course Outline
The course is an introductory and refresher/review course to the chemistry laboratory including a survey of analytical chemistry and instrumental analyses in conjunction with a computer based toolkit program called ChemTech-ToolKit, and a Laboratory Information Management System LIMS program.

Introduction to the Analytical Laboratory
Chemist and Technician in the Analytical Laboratory
Laboratory Safety
Basic Mathematics in the Laboratory
Analytical Data Treatment (Statistics)
Plotting and Graphing in the Laboratory
Introduction to Microsoft Excel
Laboratory Solutions
Making Laboratory Solutions
Acid Base Theory and Buffer Solutions
Titration as an Analytical Technique
Electrochemistry Introduction
Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
Intro to a working LIMS
Logging in samples
Data recording
Sample searching
Approving, archiving, and reporting samples
Ultraviolet/Visible (UV/Vis) Absorption Spectroscopy
Fluorescence Optical Emission Spectroscopy
Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR)
Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS)
Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (AES)
Atomic Mass Spectrometry
X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD)
Chromatography - Introduction and Theory
High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
Solid Phase Extraction (SPE)
Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC)
Gas Liquid Chromatography (GLC)
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS)
Strong Cation Exchange (SCX) and Capillary Electrophoresis (CE)
Mass Spectrometry Introduction

The class also includes a companion teaching, reference, and toolkit program called ChemTech-ToolKit.

Course Instructor's Biography
Dr. Bryan Ham has worked in analytical chemistry laboratories for over 20 years including petrochemical, environmental, foodstuff, and life sciences research, and has a doctorate in analytical chemistry. He has published 15 research papers in peer reviewed journals and two books: Even Electron Mass Spectrometry with Biomolecule Applications, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008, and Proteomics of Biological Systems: Protein Phosphorylation Using Mass Spectrometry Techniques, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012. He has a third book under contract to be published shortly entitled Analytical Chemistry: A Chemist and Laboratory Technician’s Toolkit, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015. He is currently working for the Department of Homeland Security at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection New York Laboratory. He is a member of the American Society of Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) and the American Chemical Society (ACS). His interests include the fundamentals of analytical chemistry and instrumental analyses as applied to modern analytical laboratories. Dr. Aihui MaHam is an expert in the field of inorganic materials chemistry, and their characterization utilizing instruments such as SEM, XRD, XRF, ICP-OES and ICP-MS. She also specializes in nano-materials including the synthesis and characterization of chemical and biological nano-sensors. She has published numerous research papers including a recent review in the journal Small entitled Protein-Based Nanomaterial Platforms for Drug Delivery which has been cited over 175 times by other researchers. She is currently working for the Department of Homeland Security at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection New York Laboratory. Her current interests include the application of instrumental analyses to the modern analytical laboratory.