Course Catalog

Principles of Analytical Chemistry

An introduction to the science of making chemical measurements. After discussing the fundamentals of information and sample gathering, measuring and minimizing experimental error is discussed. Next, the elementary statistics needed to understand chemical measurements is presented, followed by proper use of calibrations. The principles of how chromatographs achieve chemical separations are explained, which will help attendees optimize their analyses. The principles of spectroscopy are presented, which form the basis for understanding how FTIR and UV/Vis spectrometeres identify and quantify molecules. Exercises and homework are used to increase the retention of knowledge.

Course Details

Key Topics

  • Learn the 3 variables used to optimize analyses.
  • See how to quantify and minimize measurement error.
  • Learn how a chromatograph works and how to improve your separations.
  • Discover how infrared and UV/Vis spectrometers work and how to use them to solve industrial problems.

Information

An introduction to the science of making chemical measurements. After discussing the fundamentals of information and sample gathering, measuring and minimizing experimental error is discussed. Next, the elementary statistics needed to understand chemical measurements is presented, followed by proper use of calibrations. The principles of how chromatographs achieve chemical separations are explained, which will help attendees optimize their analyses. The principles of spectroscopy are presented, which form the basis for understanding how FTIR and UV/Vis spectrometeres identify and quantify molecules. Exercises and homework are used to increase the retention of knowledge.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who works in a lab and makes chemical measurements of any type. The course is well suited to people who are new to making chemical measurements or who don?t have formal training in analytical chemistry. Managers and supervisors who need to better understand the measurements taking place in their labs will find this course a useful refresher.

Benefits

  • Advance your career by learning how to become a chemical problem solver.
  • See how to make your analyses faster, better, and cheaper.
  • Gain confidence in your use of chromatographs and spectrometers.

Agenda

Module 1

What is Analytical Chemistry?

  • Optimizing Analyses
  • Becoming a Problem Solver
  • Sampling
  • Significant Figures

Quantifying Measurement Error

  • Random Error & Its Sources
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratios
    • Getting Rid of Noise
  • Systematic Error
  • Precision and Accuracy

Module 2
Quantifying Measurement Error (cont.)

    • Calibrations
      • Calibration Checks
      • Calibration Applicability

Statistics for Chemical Measurement

      • Mode, Median, Mean
      • The Standard Deviation
      • Confidence Limits

Introduction to Chromatography

    • Basic Theory
    • Modeling a Separation

Module 3
Introduction to Chromatography (cont.)

    • Peak Widths
    • Resolution
    • Optimizing Separations
    • Gas Chromatography (GC)

 

  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

 

Principles of Spectroscopy

  • The Properties of Light

Module 4
Principles of Spectroscopy (cont.)

  • Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)
    • Instrumentation
    • Sample Preparation: ATR
  • Ultraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis) Spectroscopy
    • Theory
    • Instrumentation

Course Locations

Date

TBA

This course is ON DEMAND and consists of four (4) modules which can be purchased separately. Each module is approximately 90 minutes long. Please click on the Agenda tab above for details on the content of each module.

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Venue

Online - On Demand

The registration fee includes seven days of access to the content, lecture slides (provided in PDF format), and email access to the instructor.

Each person attending must register individually for this course.


Pricing
Standard $199 per module

About the Instructor

  • Brian C. Smith, Ph.D.

    is founder and Principal of Spectros Associates in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.