Event: Analytical Chemistry -“The Life Saver”

Posted on: 15 August 2017 in Event

21 September 2017, 6.30pm
'Science in the City' lecture by Professor Peter Myers.

The instruments you see in films and TV programmes with any science base are always analytical instruments. What are they and what do they really do?

In this lecture, Professor Peter Myers will describe the core analytical instruments and will discuss the way they are routinely used in the pharmaceutical industry; in forensic science; in food safety; medical diagnostics and in DNA analysis.

Covering these broad areas, the lecture will focus on the core techniques of separation science, with special emphasis given to chromatography, electrophoresis and mass spectrometry.

This event is part of the ‘Science in the City’ series of events hosted by the University of Liverpool Alumni Relations team. For more information about the event, please contact Alumni Relations Events Coordinator, James Briginshaw, on +44 (0)151 795 5512 or email him via: james.briginshaw@liverpool.ac.uk.

Peter Myers PhD MRI CChem FRSC

Peter obtained his B.Sc. in Pure Chemistry 1st Class with Honours in 1969 from the University of Salford and his Ph.D. in Maths, Physics and Chemistry in 1972 from the same University. He was granted a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry in March 1996.

He is member of The Royal Institution of Great Britain, of The Pye 104 Club, of the Royal Photographic Society and founding member of SWAG. In 2006 he was awarded the Chromatographic Society’s Jubilee Medal for his achievements in chromatography and the Martin Medal for outstanding achievements in 2016.

Peter involvement in chromatography came by mistake as he always wanted to be a photographer (see www.petermyers.co.uk) when he started work at Phase Separations and became the technical director responsible for the development of the Sol-Gel process for the manufacture of spherical ceramics for use in chromatography. The process now produces silica, alumina, zirconia and titania porous spheres with a wide range of controllable pore sizes, pore volumes and surface areas. Peter also developed bonded phases for these ceramics include hydrophobic, hydrophilic, chiral, strong cation and anion exchanges to the new polymer coated materials offering high pH stability. By modifying the particle size distribution and developing new methods for air classification, he developed new fast analysis columns.

Today Peter acts as independent consultant across all areas of chromatography and is a visiting Professor at a number of Universities (Leeds, York and Chester). In February 2007 he took up honorary chair at the University of Liverpool.

Here Peter has two main aims; one to establish a strong centre of excellence for chromatography and related disciplines within the Department of Chemistry and secondly to replace the industrial habit of collecting fluid samples in bottles and delivering them to laboratories for analysis, to replace these manual procedures by automated instruments. The proposed new self-contained analysers will allow measurement at the point of use, thereby eliminating labour, transport time and potential contamination. This new paradigm is made possible through micro-fabrication. The miniaturisation and integration of solid-phase extraction, electro-chromatographic separations and full-spectrum electro-optical or electro-magnetic detection will allow the encapsulation and optimisation of existing instrumental methods into micro-fluidic, application–specific chemistry chips. Each chip is essentially a laboratory integrated into its sample’s environment.