Boguslaw Buszewski received PhD degree at the Faculty of Chemical Technology, Slovak Technical University in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1986. In 1992 he reached the Doctor of Sciences degree. In 1994 he received Nicolaus Copernicus University professor position and in 1999 full professor of chemistry at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. His main scientific interests are concerned with environmental analysis and bioanalysis, chromatography and related techniques (HPLC, SPE, GC, CZE, adsorption, sample preparation), spectroscopy, utilization of waste and sludge and chemometrics. He is authored or co-authored 15 books, patents and more than 470 scientific papers (h= 40) and member of the editorial boards of 26 national and international journals in field of analytical chemistry and separation sciences. Professor Bogusław Buszewski was president of the Polish Chemical Society and European Society for Separation Science (EuSSS) but now he is president of the Central European Group for Separation Sciences (CEGSS) and the chairmen of the Committee of Analytical Chemistry of Polish Academy of Sciences.

Bezhan Chankvetadze is Full Professor for Physical Chemistry and director of the Institute of Physical and Analytical Chemistry at the Tbilisi State University in Tbilisi, Georgia.

  1. Chankvetadze has published over 200 research papers in peer reviewed journals, over 30 review papers and book chapters and holds 15 patents of the former Soviet Union, USA, Germany and Japan. B. Chankvetadze has published one monograph (Capillary Electrophoresis in Chiral Analysis, Wiley&Sons, Chichester, UK, 1997), co-authored one book (Quantitative Determination of Antiepileptic Drugs in Biological Fluids, Tbilisi University Press, Tbilisi, Georgia, 1993) and edited one multiautored book (Chiral Separations, Elsevier Science, 2001). He has edited and co-edited many special issues of the journals J.Chromatogr. A, Electrophoresis, J. Pharm. Biomed. Anal., and Journal Separation Science on various topics of separation science. B. Chankvetadze has given over 250 presentations as plenary, invited or oral speaker on the international conferences in fields of chirality, electromigration techniques and separation science. B. Chankvetadze is the Editor of the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis (Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands) and a member of the editorial boards of: Journal of Chromatography A, Electrophoresis, Journal of Separation Science, Chirality, Current Chromatography, Acta Chromatographica and Turkish Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  2. Chankvetadze is the recipient of “Journal of Chromatography Top Cited Article Awards” in 2005, 2006 and 2010, the recipient of “2006 Belgian Society of Pharmaceutical Science Award of Recognition” and is Full Member of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences.

Ian Wilson trained as a biochemist at the University of Manchester going on to a PhD  in the Chemistry Dept. at Keele University on insect moulting hormones. After postdoctoral work at University College Hospital Medical School in London he joined the Pharmaceutical industry. From 1979 to 1986 he worked at the Hoechst Pharmaceutical Research Laboratories in Milton Keynes and then ICI, Zeneca and AstraZeneca’s research laboratories at Alderley Park, in Cheshire. Since September 2012 he has been at Imperial College, London, where he is Prof. of Drug metabolism and Molecular Toxicology. His research is in the areas of metabolic phenotyping, drug metabolism and drug bioanalysis, with a particular emphasis on metabolism as a source of adverse drug reactions (particularly those associated with liver and kidney toxicity). He is the author, or co-author, of over 500 papers or reviews, and has received a number of awards in separation and analytical science from the Royal Society of Chemistry, including the Gold Medal of the Analytical Division (2005) and most recently the Knox Medal of the RSC Separation Science Group (2012). He received the Jubilee Medal of the Chromatographic Society in 1994 and gave the inaugural Desty Memorial lecture for Innovation in Separation Science in 1996. In 2014 he received the International Award of the Belgian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Bioanalysis Significant Contribution  Award (BOSCA) from the journal Bioanalysis.

Valérie Pichon is full professor at the UPMC. She leads the Department of Analytical, Bioanalytical Sciences and Miniaturization (30 researchers), a part of the Institute of Chemistry Biology and Innovation (CBI) located at the ESPCI ParisTech. She also co-leads the CBI since January 2014 (more than 100 permanent and non permanent researchers).

She graduated PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the UPMC in 1995 and became Lecturer at the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at the ESPCI, and then Professor at the UPCM in 2010. Her major research interests include developing stationary phases based on antibodies or aptamers and molecularly imprinted polymers to selectively extract target compounds from complex samples, always trying to miniaturize these tools.

She is author of more than 100 publications (H 34 factor) and 5 book chapters. She was rewarded in 2001 with the Analytical Chemistry Department of the French Society of Chemistry Prize. She is currently Vice-President of AfSep (French Association of Separation Sciences).

Derek Stevenson is a visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey, having worked there for over 30 years. He is a Past President of the Chromatographic Society (1996-1998) and was a member of the Council of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2011-2015), and Vice President of the RSC Analytical Division Council (2003-2005).

In 2006 he was the winner of the Separations Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry and in 2016 will be the recipient of the Jubilee Medal of The Chromatographic Society.

He left school at 16 and worked in the Agrochemical industry (Fisons and Shell) for six years followed by two years at Westminster Medical School undertaking drug research. He then did a PhD at the University of Surrey as a CASE student with ICI Pharmaceuticals. He has used GC and HPLC in all those positions, mainly for the analysis of drugs, metabolites and biomarkers in biological samples or pesticides and other trace organics in environmental samples. His first injection into a GC was about 1971.

His research interests have included immunoaffinity and molecular imprinted polymers for selective extraction, chiral separation, miniaturisation, sensor development and the development and application of new methods for the analysis of drugs and pesticides in biological and environmental samples. He has over 80 publications and has edited three books.

During his time at the University of Surrey he was Head of the Analytical Centre of the Robens Institute of Health and Safety where over 40 major studies were undertaken for sponsors alongside the academic research. These included Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Department of Health, WHO, Pfizer, ICI, Glaxo, Monsanto, Du Pont, British Agrochemical Association, and British Telecom. These collaborations meant running a GLP accredited laboratory in a University setting.

He has been the Chromatographic Society representative on International Conference Committees on numerous occasions. He was Chairman of the International Symposium on Chromatography in London, 2000, and a member of the Scientific Committee in 1992, 1994, 1998, and 2002. He has been co–organiser of the Bioanalytical Forum in Guildford, run for the Society every two years from 1995 – 2015.

He has been the supervisor of 18 PhD students and the external examiner of 25 PhD students at 12 different Universities. The majority of these were in separation science.

Jonathan is the Principal Investigator of the NIBRT Characterization and Comparability Laboratory. Jonathan received a PhD in Analytical Chemistry in 2007. Following this he undertook postdoctoral research with Prof. Pauline Rudd at NIBRT. In 2010 Jonathan moved to Northeastern University in Boston, working with Prof. Barry L. Karger at the Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis. Jonathan returned to NIBRT in 2012 following receipt of funding from Science Foundation Ireland to form his own independent research group. His research is focused on the development and application of advanced LC-MS and CE-MS solutions to solve challenges associated with the characterization and comparability assessment of therapeutic proteins and manufacturing processes.

Dr. Mary J. Wirth is the W. Brooks Fortune Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University.  Her research is on new materials for protein separations, including characterizing heterogeneity of monoclonal antibody drugs and anti-drug conjugates, improving top-down proteomics, and discovering trace protein biomarkers for screening of early aggressive cancer.  Dr. Wirth received her B.S. degree in 1974 from Northern Illinois University, and her Ph.D. in 1978 from Purdue University.  She has been named a Fellow of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Wirth’s research has been recognized by awards that include the ACS Analytical Division Award in Spectrochemical Analysis, the EAS Gold Medal Award in spectroscopy, the ANACHEM Award, the Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Analytical Chemistry, the Dal Nogare Award from the Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley, and the Jubilee Medal from the Chromatography Society (Europe).

Michael Lämmerhofer is Professor for Pharmaceutical (Bio-)Analysis at the University of Tuebingen, Germany. He graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1992 and earned his PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1996 both at the University of Graz, Austria. Between 1997 and 2011 he was coworker of Prof. Wolfgang Lindner at the University of Vienna, Department of Analytical Chemistry first as an assistant professor and since 2002 as associate professor. In 1999-2000 he was post-doc at the Department of Chemistry of the University of California, Berkeley with Prof. Frantisek Svec. His research interests include the development of functionalized separation materials, bioanalytical applications such as lipidomic analysis of oxidative stress biomarkers, pharmaceutical analysis with focus on chiral separations and impurity profiling, as well as biopharmaceuticals analysis including amongst others plasmid DNA analysis. He is author of more than 150 papers and 6 book chapters, and edited a book on metabolomics. Since 2007, he is associate editor of Journal of Separation Science.

Christopher J. Welch is Science Lead for Analytical Chemistry within the Process and Analytical Chemistry area at Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway, NJ.  Chris leads the New Technologies Review and Licensing Committee (NT-RLC), the organization that oversees identification, acquisition and evaluation of new technologies of potential value to Merck Research Laboratories.  Chris also leads the MRL Postdoctoral Research Fellows Program.  He received his BS degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1982 and a Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry (also U of I) in 1992. Dr. Welch has worked in a variety of fields within the chemical industry, including discovery synthesis of agrochemicals (Velsicol-Sandoz), development of reagents for improved immunodiagnostic assays (Abbott Laboratories), and development and commercialization of chromatographic stationary phases, reagents and enantioselective catalysts within a small chemical business environment (Regis Technologies).  Since joining Merck in 1999, he has focused on developing and applying improved methods and equipment for purification, synthesis and analysis of pharmaceuticals and intermediates.  Dr. Welch has authored more than 230 scientific publications and patents.  He is co-founder of the journal, Enantiomer, a current or past member of the editorial advisory boards for the journals, Chirality, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, Journal of the Korean Chemical Society, Chemistry World, Chemical & Engineering News and ACS Central Science.  Chris is past chair of the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry (ORGN), a member of the Executive Committee for the International Symposia on Chirality, a member of the ACS steering committee for Pacifichem and a member of the PittCon Program Resource Team.  Honors and awards include the NJCG Award for Excellence in Chromatography (2004), the PACS Activated Carbon Hall of Fame award (2007), MRL Presidents Award for Environmental Achievement (2009), Microsoft Life Science Innovation Award (2010), Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2010), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS (2013), the Chirality Medal (2015) and the University of Nebraska Industrial Advisory Board Award (2016).

Kevin A. Schug is Professor and the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA).  He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1998 from the College of William and Mary, and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Virginia Tech in 2002 under the supervision of Prof. Harold M. McNair.  From 2003-2005, he performed post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lindner at the University of Vienna in Austria. Since joining UTA in 2005, his research has been focused on the theory and application of separation science and mass spectrometry for solving a variety of analytical and physical chemistry problems.  He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and 400 presentations, posters, and invited talks to his group’s credit.  He has been the primary mentor and research advisor to more than 20 graduate and 50 undergraduate students.  Dr. Schug has received the 2009 Emerging Leader in Chromatography award given by LCGC magazine, an NSF CAREER award, the 2009 Eli Lilly and Company ACACC Young Investigator Award in Analytical Chemistry, and the 2013 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Young Investigator in Separation Science Award. For his teaching, he received the 2014 University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and was named in 2016 as a Fellow of the University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of LCGC Magazine (Advanstar), Analytica Chimica Acta (Elsevier), and the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (Springer). He is a Senior Editor for Journal of Separation Science (Wiley).