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Course Title: Practical Introduction to Near-Infrared Method Development
Categories: 1 - Chemometrics
2 - Pharmaceutical Sciences
3 - Spectroscopy
4 - Infrared Spectroscopy
Instructor(s): Keith Freel / Tim Deschaines Course Number: 94
Affiliation: Metrohm
Course Date: 03/07/2016 - Monday Course Length: 1/2 Day Course
Start Time: 01:00 PM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $300 ($400 after 2/12/16) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
This course will provide an introduction to the basics of NIR spectroscopy, the equipment available and how these may be applied to various industrial processes. Steps involved in successful NIR Applications development for identification, qualification and quantification will be covered. Key applications in Pharmaceutical, Petrochemical and Chemical industry will be discussed with relevant applications details.

Target Audience
The course assumes little or no experience with NIR. The course is ideal for lab chemists, quality scientists, engineers, and managers who need to learn the basics of NIR spectroscopy. PITTCON attendees who have just purchased or will purchase a NIR instrument in the near future have found the class very beneficial.

Course Outline
This short course will provide practical introduction to NIR spectroscopy and the method development aspects. Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy has become important tools for at line and on line analysis in a variety of industries. This course will serve as a practical, non-mathematical, introduction to NIR and its applications in industries. It is aimed at chemists and lab managers who need a practical understanding of NIR spectroscopy. Numerous example applications of NIR spectroscopy will be described including raw material identification, moisture prediction, excipient quality control, tablet content uniformity, and online process control. Relevant regulatory guidance (FDA and USP) will also be discussed. Key NIR applications in Chemical, Petrochemical and Paper & Pulp and the associated method development aspects will be discussed in detail.

Course Instructor's Biography
Dr. Keith Freel - Expertise in laser spectroscopy with experience in IR, UV-Vis, NMR, and MS methods. Designed, constructed, tested, and optimized a cavity ring-down spectrometer used for high-sensitivity electronic spectroscopy of radicals. Analyzed spectra with the aid of computational chemistry and simulations. The results were useful to help understand the mechanisms of soot formation in combustion processes. He received his Ph.D from Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Presently he is the NIR Application Specialist at Metrohm NIR systems and helps the customers with NIR application development. Tim has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Colorado College and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, specializing in spectroscopy, from the University of Wyoming.  He has worked as an academic and in the field of scientific instrumentation at a variety of companies and in a range of roles.  Currently Tim is the Product Manager for Process Analysis at Metrohm USA where he is responsible for the Applikon wet chemical analyzers and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR) process products.  In his free time Tim enjoys traveling and experiencing all kinds of food.