Introduction to chromatography and mass spectrometry for biologists

18 - 19 January 2011


  • Gaëtan Glauser, Swiss Plant Science Web - Chemical Analytical Service (CAS), University of Neuchâtel
  • Armelle Vallat, service analytique facultaire (SAF), University of Neuchâtel


To be able to describe the major chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques, to select the appropriate approach for a particular issue; to provide a theoretical and practical background to students who wish to employ the techniques.


The course covers the fundamental aspects of chromatography and mass spectrometry and their coupling as a powerful analytical tool. It includes lectures and practical demonstrations.

Course topics:

  • 1. Definition and general principles of chromatography
  • 2. Liquid chromatography (instrumentation, optimisation of separations, detectors)
  • 3. Gas chromatography (instrumentation, optimisation of separations, detectors)
  • 4. General principles of mass spectrometry
  • 5. Ionisation techniques for coupling chromatography and mass spectrometry
  • 6. Mass analysers and detectors

general information

Dates:  Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 January 2011

Schedule: 8.55 - 17.00

Location: University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, building C, room C001 (Animalerie)

Credit points: 1.0 credit point (Research tools) 

Evaluation: Full attendance, active participation during the 2 days including preparation. Multiple choice test has to be passed at the end of the course.

Information: Please contact Gaëtan Glauser or the doctoral program coordinator Christiane Bobillier (administration)

Travel expenses: participants of the doctoral program are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets (no copies, except for the general abonnement) with the reimbursement form  to Dr. Christiane Bobillier.  No reimbursement for bus, taxi or car travel expenses will be paid.


Maximum number of participants: 12.

Registration closed

Note the cancellation policy (CHF 50)