Presentation of the speakers


Pat Sandra
Manager - RIC


Pat Sandra is Professor Emeritus of the group "Sciences Séparatifs" of the University of Ghent (Belgium). In 1986, he founded the Research Institute for Chromatography (RIC) in Kortrijk (Belgium), a center of excellence for research and teaching in chromatography and mass spectrometry.

He is also Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and Director Emeritus of the Pfizer Analytical Research Center at the University of Ghent. Currently, he is a scientific consultant for RIC and Metablys, an institute focusing on metabolomics. He recently co-founded anaRIC biologics, a laboratory for R & D and GMP biopharmaceuticals.

Pat Sandra is a remarkable figure in the field of separative sciences and author or co-author of over 500 scientific articles. He has received numerous awards for his contribution to separative sciences, including honorary doctorates.


Frank David
R&D Manager - RIC


Dr. Frank DAVID received his PH.D degree in 1986 at the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry of the University of Ghent under the direction Prof. Dr. M. Verzele.

Since October 1986, Frank David is R&D manager Chemical Analysis at the Research Institute for Chromatography (RIC) in Kortrijk under the direction of Prof. Dr. Pat Sandra.

Frank David is author of more than 100 scientific papers in different areas of separation science. His expertise includes capillary gas chromatography, supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC), GC-mass spectroscopy (GC-MS), multidimensional chromatography and miniaturization and automation of sample preparation.

Frank David is also consultant for instrument manufactures and for industrial laboratories in environmental, petrochemical, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. In this function he has a long experience in theoretical and practical training courses.

In addition, Frank David is also member of the scientific committee of the HTC (Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography) symposia and of the organizing committee of ISCC (Riva del Garda, Italy).


David Benanou
Expert Research Analytical Chemistry - Veolia Research & Innovation

David Benanou, expert in innovation and analytical research for the Veolia group, joined the Veolia Research Center in 1990. He specializes in separation techniques and mass spectrometry as well as sample preparation.

His area of expertise is mainly devoted to organic micropollution and the characterization of organic matter in environmental matrices and materials in contact with these matrices.

Graduate Engineer by the State in 2000, he has actively participated in many European projects. He was also a member of the CEN - European Committee for Standardization- commission on micro organic pollution in sludge, a member of the International Water Association (IWA), specialized in the field of taste and odor in drinking water and by-products of chlorination and an administrator of the Certech research center.

Promoter, among others, of the SBSE technique applied to large matrices, he is also a co-author of several patents regarding systems for online enrichment based on this technique.


Bertrand Leaute
Laboratoire d’Expertises Conseils

Engineer graduated in 1994 from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie et de Physique de Bordeaux (ENSCPB) Bertrand LEAUTE is currently in charge of the LEC laboratory.

It is within the INRA center in Montpellier that it takes over the analytical part of the national program "Tonnellerie 2000" aimed at mapping the chemical composition of oak woods from French forests. As a result of this work, he joined the OENODEV-Boisé France companies, now VIVELYS, to develop the analyzes required to monitor the micro-oxygenation of wines and the production of wood chips for oenological use.

In 2006, he joined the Laboratoire Expertises & Conseils, an entity accredited by COFRAC since 2001, to take charge of the growing trace analysis service. Since then, LEC has developed and validated numerous Thermo-desorption - GCMS analysis techniques for wines and spirits and coopers.

Among its activities, LEC laboratory offers expertise in the development and transfer of analytical techniques as well as the exclusive supply of improvement solutions for TD-GCMS instrumentation.


Brian Logue
South Dakota University

Dr. Brian A. Logue is a Professor at South Dakota State University in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

His main research interests are the analysis of cyanide, its metabolites, and therapeutics of cyanide exposure. His interests also include the analysis of other toxic agents, the development of the ICECLES sample preparation technique, and the application of FCD surface modification.

He has over 40 publications in these areas.


Carlo Bicchi
Laboratory of Phytoanalysis - University of Turin

Carlo Bicchi has been Full Professor of Pharmaceutical Biology at the Faculty of Pharmacy of University of Turin since 1990. In the same University, he was Director of the Dipartimento di Scienza e Tecnologia del Farmaco from 1992 to 1998 and Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy from 2001 to 2007.

His main field of research is development of analytical technologies for biologically active secondary metabolites in vegetable matrices (essential oils, terpenoids, phenolic compounds and alkaloids).

His main topics include : sample preparation, gas chromatography (GC, GC-MS, Fast-GC, multidimensional GC), Enantioselective GC, high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC, HPLC-MS), supercritical fluid extraction and chromatography (SFE and SFC), chemometric methods, fingerprinting and profiling.

Carlo Bicchi’s scientific activity is documented by more than 250 publications in international journals, and more than 330 plenary lectures, keynote lectures and communications and seminars.

Carlo Bicchi is associate editor of Flavour and Fragrance Journal, member of the advisory board of international journals, and member of permanent scientific board of several International Scientific foundations and symposia (e.g. ISCC, ISEO).


Catherine Brasseur

Catherine Brasseur obtained her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Liege, under the supervision of Professor Jean-François Focant.

Her thesis research included a research stay at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

From 2014 to 2017, she worked at the European Technology Center of ExxonMobil in Machelen, in the Advanced Characterization Department, as Supervisor of the Chromatography Laboratory.

She joined the Certech in 2017, as Senior Analytical Chemist.

The main areas of expertises of Catherine Brasseur are comprehensive two-dimensionnel gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, as well as sampling and analytical techniques for volatile organic compounds, covering multiple fields such as biological samples, environmental, air samples and material emissions.


Christophe Tondelier
Research & Innovation - Veolia

Christophe Tondelier joined Veolia's Analytical Research team in 2005 after a DESS in Quality Control & Analytical Chemistry.

Today, it provides analytical support for a wide range of R & D projects, such as the treatment of industrial or urban effluents, the upgrading of waste or the assessment of the environmental impact.

He mainly develops methods of analysis and characterization in GC-MS coupled with dedicated sample prep techniques as well as in line sample prep (LVI, Headspace, Desorption Thermic and Pyrolysis) but also in multidimensional GC.

SBSE is part of its everyday life. It has developed passive enrichment tools based on this technology, and it also uses it to search for trace compounds in environmental matrices and even for matrix analysis Complexes such as industrial effluents.


Fabien Mercier
Manager R&D organic micropolutants - LERES

Fabien Mercier has been working at the LERES (environmental and health research and research laboratory) since September 2003, as an engineer and then a research engineer from January 2012, when he obtained a PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Rennes I.

He is now responsible for organic micropollutants R & D within the Micropolluants unit of the LERES in charge of the development and validation of new quantitative methods analysis of organic micropollutants at the trace level in environmental matrices(water, sediment, air, suspended particles, dust ...) and human biological matrix (urine, blood, hair, meconium, etc.).

He participates actively in the various research and development projects to which LERES contributes and which are mainly in three areas: water resources intended for human consumption and its priority uses, exposure of humans to chemical agents and Microbiology of the indoor environment and the impregnation of man with chemical contaminants.


PhD Gilles Richner
Scientific collaborator - Spiez Laboratory


After he graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in 2004 with a master degree in Chemical Engineering, Dr Richner obtained his PhD from ETHZ Zurich in 2008.

His research focused on developing novel analytical techniques for chemical process safety, thermokinetic reaction analysis and heterogeneous catalysis.

He continued his career as a postdoctoral researcher at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia, where he developed novel solvents for filtering CO2 and other acid gas from flue gas emitted by fossil-fuel power stations.

He joined the NBC Protection Division of the Spiez Laboratory in November 2015 as a scientific collaborator, heading the testing laboratory for adsorbents and respiratory
protection filters and the testing facility for integral personal protection against gas and aerosol.


Jean-François Focant
Department of Chemistry - Liège University

Professor Jean-François Focant is the Head of the Chemistry Department of the University of Liège in Belgium. He is leading the Organic and Biological Analytical Chemistry group of the mass spectrometry laboratory.

Main research interests are coupling of sample preparation procedures, development of new chromatography strategies in separation science, hyphenation to various types of mass spectrometric detectors through multidimensional systems, and implementation of emerging strategies under QA/QC requirements for human biomonitoring and food control.

Professor Focant has been active in the field of dioxin analyses for the last 15 years. He chaired the 31st International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants and POPs (DIOXIN2011) in Brussels in 2011. Known as a dioxin expert, he is also active in other areas of Separation Science such as characterization of complex mixtures of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for medical and forensic applications as well as metabolomics.

Recent investigations include characterization of cadaveric decomposition odors, screening for biomarkers of cancer by breath analysis, and plant combustion studies.

Working on the hyphenation of state-of-the-art analytical techniques to solve practical analytical issues is what he enjoys to do.


Jason Herrington
Restek Corporation

Dr. Herrington has more than 20 years of experience in air sampling and analysis. In 2001, he earned his B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences (chemistry focus) from Cook College at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  In 2007, he went on to obtain his Ph.D. in Exposure Science from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

His dissertation (“Development and Evaluation of Airborne Carbonyl Measurement Methods”) characterized and quantified the analytical and sampling method uncertainties associated with measuring airborne carbonyl compounds (aldehydes and ketones) by  passively collecting the carbonyls with a dansylhydrazine (DNSH)-coated solid sorbent. He developed and evaluated the method as an alternative to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Compendium Method TO-11A (active sampling with 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH)-coated solid sorbents). 

Following his graduate career, he joined the U.S. EPA as a post-doctoral fellow in late 2007 for 4 year. He broadened his research to include organic chemical speciation of particulate matter (PM) emissions using a novel thermal extraction (TE) gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) technique. It was also during this time that he took an interest to whole-air, canister sampling for VOCs, coupled with preconcentration-GC-MS (U.S. EPA Compendium Method TO-15).

Since 2011, he has been a Senior Chemist with Restek Corporation. His research interests include analytical and sampling methods for VOCs, with a focus on air sampling method development for assessing personal exposures.


Julio Llorca

Julio LLorca took his doctorate in 2009 at the Advanced Materials Laboratory of the Inorganic Chemistry Department of the Alicante University.

Since 2010, he is Head of Chromatography Department at Labaqua S.A. where he is developing new extraction techniques based on rapid and efficient methods to analyze emerging organic pollutants in environmental samples. He is also expert in analytical methods validation, passive samplers, chromatographyc techniques and mass spectrometry.

His expertise and last research project are based to developing and implementing new products based on passive and integrative samplers. He participates and manages in some European Projects focus on on-line and in-situ determinations. He joins in Norman Network group.


Marie-Laure Bayle
RRCo - Rovaltain Research Company France

Marie-Laure Bayle holds an engineering degree in analytical chemistry and process engineering from the Graduate School of Physical Chemistry in Lyon in 2005 and a PhD in analytical chemistry from the Université Claude Bernard de Lyon in 2008.

After thesis work on the quantification of trace steroids in human urine, in 2009 she joined the research center of the National Institute of Agronomic Research in Clermont-Ferrand / Theix where she develop multi-residue analysis methods applied to the metabolomics of human plasma.

Since 2012, she is part of the Rovaltain Research Company (RRCo), a company providing services in environmental toxicology and ecotoxicology in Valencia. She is responsible for the organic analysis pole, which develops and validates analytical methods for various environmental contaminants and studies their degradation products in various matrices (water, soil, sludge, plants, biological fluids, effluents, air, etc.). LC-HRMS, LC-MS / MS, GC-MS / MS, ICS, MALDI-TOF are the analytical tools that enable RRCo to meet the needs of its clients in terms of detection thresholds and reliability of results. The RRCo laboratory operates under Good Laboratory Practice.


Maxime Bridoux
Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives

Maxime BRIDOUX received his PhD in analytical and environmental chemistry in 2008 from the University of New York in the United States (SUNY Albany), after working on the geochemistry of the limnetic systems of the Laurentian Great Lakes.

He then spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Oceanography at the University of Washington in Seattle under the direction of Professors Anitra Ingalls and Rick Keil.

Since 2012, he is an engineer / researcher at the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA/DAM/DIF) in Bruyères-le-Châtel where he is in charge of developing and implementing analytical techniques that are both targeted And non-targeted for the detection of environmental organic pollutants in atmospheric, liquid and solid matrices.


Dr Nobuo Ochiai
Technical Director - Gerstel K.K. Japan

About Dr. Nobuo Ochiai, Technical Director at GERSTEL K.K, Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Ochiai received his PhD from Toyohashi University of Technology on a thesis about “GC-MS analysis of ultra-trace level compounds in gaseous and aqueous samples”.

From 1993 to 2004, Dr. Ochiai worked as GC and GC-MS Application Chemist for Agilent Technologies Japan (aka Yokogawa Analytical Systems, Japan), before joining GERSTEL K.K. in 2004 as Senior Application Chemist.

Since 2007 Dr. Ochiai has been serving as Technical Director for GERSTEL K.K. focusing mainly on sample preparation/introduction techniques, and multi-dimensional (MD) GC-MS.

Dr. Ochiai is author or co-author of more than 30 international journal papers, ten of which on SBSE-TD-GC-MS, three on dynamic headspace-GC-MS, two on High-Speed GC-MS, eleven on MD GC-MS, and author of book chapters (Flavor, Fragrance, and Odor Analysis 2nd edition, CRC press).

He has given numerous lectures at international and national conferences.


Yunyun Nie
Gerstel GmbH

Yunyun Nie joined GERSTEL GmbH & Co. KG as an application chemist in the R&D department in 2010 and was appointed Technical Product Manager in 2015.

Ms. Nie specializes in material emissions (direct thermal extraction and chamber methods) and was involved in developing a temperature validation kit for the VDA278 method as well as a screening method using automated micro-scale emission chamber for measuring chemical emissions from spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation presented at the ASTM D22 Indoor air symposium (2015).

Ms. Nie has previously worked on Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction (SBSE) and Pyrolysis-GC/MS. She holds a MSc. Degree in chemistry and water science from University Duisburg-Essen (Germany) and a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Shanghai University (SHU).


Yvan Gru
GIP Inovalys

Yvan Gru received his doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of Rennes I in 2010, a thesis focused on analytical chemistry.

Within the GIP INOVALYS (before 01/04/2014, this was the IDAC public laboratory), since 2010 he has held a R & D Chemistry position in the field of environmental and agro-food analysis (micropollutant assay Organic compounds, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, toxins, etc.).

It involves participating in the development of new methods of analysis or the improvement of existing methods, validating methods of analysis according to different references (various optimizations on Excel for managing many raw data and statistical data), (For example, a publication on SBSE in 2015 in Spectra Analysis, oral communication for a Sciex seminar on LC-MS / MS in 2016).

It is mainly specialized in techniques with liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry coupling.


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