A one-day course taught by leading instructors will be offered on September 30, the Sunday preceding the meeting.  Note that the course is open to meeting and non-meeting participants.  To register, please complete and return the Meeting Registration Form which is located at the ITP web site link to “Registration”.  You must pre-register to attend; refreshments will be provided. Space is limited.  The ITP Symposium reserves the right, without notice, to modify the course material or schedules, as well as to amend the roster of course presenters.  Certificates of completion recognizing attendance will be awarded.

Course notes are only available online. There will be no printed copies available. Course registrants will be provided a webmail link to download the course notes and bring a printed copy with them to the course.


CE-MS: Principles and Applications

Instructors:  Govert W. Somsen, University Utrecht, The Netherlands; Prof. Christian Klampfl, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria; and Prof. Alejandro Cifuentes, National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain



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The pre-symposium course on “Capillary Electrophoresis-Mass Spectrometry (CE-MS): Principles and Applications” will provide fundamental and comprehensive information on various aspects of this hyphenated technique.

Main topics covered are:

  •  how to get started in CE-MS;
  • CE-MS instrumentation (interfaces, ionization modes and MS-instruments);
  • correct choice of electrolytes and sheath-liquids for CE-MS;
  • CE-MS applications from the fields of drug analysis, protein and peptide analysis, proteomics and metabolomics, food analysis, polymer sciences and many more;

Basic knowledge on CE instrumentation and operation principles is recommended.


Course Instructors

Govert W. Somsen received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in separation science and applied spectroscopy from the VU University in Amsterdam. In 1996 he was appointed assistant professor at the University of Groningen and started research on the development and biomedical application of capillary electromigration (CE) techniques. In 2001 he moved to Utrecht University where he is now associate professor in Biomolecular Analysis. He puts particular interest in the coupling of various modes of CE with mass spectrometry and fluorescence spectroscopy. Main application areas are drug profiling, characterization of protein pharmaceuticals, and human and plant metabolomics. He is a regular speaker on international conferences and (co-)author of more than 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and of 6 book chapters. He was awarded with a prestigious Innovative Research Incentive Grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.


Christian W. Klampfl received his MSc. (1990) and PhD (1993) from the University of Innsbruck/Austria. Moving to the Institute of Analytical Chemistry at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz (where he is currently holding a position as an associate professor) also meant a strong focus on separation techniques. After a year as research associate with Prof. Paul R. Haddad at the University of Tasmania (1999), the author started to conduct first investigations on the hyphenation of capillary electrophoresis with mass spectrometry (CE-MS). The author’s interest is still focused on the development of new applications for CE-MS and new methodical approaches such as the combination of microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) with MS detection. He has published 70 manuscripts and five book chapters in the fields of separation science.


Alejandro Cifuentes Dr. Alejandro Cifuentes is a Full Research Professor at the National Research Council of Spain (CSIC) in Madrid. He has been Director of the Institute of Food Science Research and Deputy Director of the Institute of Industrial Fermentations, both belonging to CSIC. Alejandro's activity includes advanced analytical methods development for Foodomics, food quality and safety, as well as isolation and characterization of biologically active natural products. He holds different national and international awards, is member of the Editorial Board of 12 international journals and Editor of TrAC and Electrophoresis. His h index is 35 and his works have received more than 4000 citations (December-2011). He has defined for the first time in a SCI journal the new discipline of Foodomics.