Chemical identification: linking chromatography with mass spectrometry

7 - 8 May 2007 (+ 9 May 2007 second group)

The practical part of the course has been split due to the high number of participants.

First group: all day Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 May 2007.
Second group: Monday morning 7, Tuesday morning 8 May, and all day Wednesday 9 May.


Urs Hofstetter (urshofstetter(at)brechbuehler.ch), Brechbuehler AG, Switzerland

Armelle Vallat (armelle.vallat(at)unine.ch), Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland


Mornings on Monday 7 May and Tuesday 8 May: theoretical part

  • theory of chromatography: GC, HPLC, LC, MS
  • coupling of systems
  • different injection systems
  • how to prepare a sample
  • limitations of the techniques
  • artefacts

Afternoons on Monday 7 May and Tuesday 8 May or all day Wednesday 9 May: demonstration and exercises

  • preparation of samples: internal and external standards, samples
  • analyze of spectra: using library, structure of product and mass spectra
  • program: to make improvements to analysis
  • GC and LC troubleshooting

general information


  • first group: 2 days, Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 May 2007
  • second group:  2 half days, Monday morning 7 May and Tuesday morning 8 May, and all day Wednesday 9 May

Schedule: 8.55- 17.30

Location: Université de Neuchâtel, Unimail, bâtiment de chimie G, room B1

Credit points: 1.0  (category research tools)

Evaluation: Active participation including practical part

Information: Please contact Dr. Armelle Vallat (armelle.vallat (at)unine.ch )or the NCCR education officer Dr. Christiane Bobillier

Travel expenses: NCCR Ph.D. participants 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) at the end of the terms with this form ( document)  to Dr. Christiane Bobillier. No reimbursement for bus, taxi or car travel expenses will be paid.


This course is opened to all Ph.D. student, however priority is given to doctoral programme "Plants and their Environment" participants and NCCR Plant Survival Ph.D. students. Postdocs and diploma students are welcome depending on availability.

Maximum number of participants: 28. Due to the high number of interested Ph.D., the practical part of the course is split in 2 groups.

Registration through the web only: closed
Deadline: 2 May 2007