Invited Speakers


University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria

Ion Mobility: A Complementary Separation Dimension for LC and MS

Associated Professor at Institute of Analytical Chemistry, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria). He graduated in 2008 at University of Tasmania, Australia and earned his PhD in 2012 at the same University. He performed his post-doctoral research (2012-2014) at Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria). Between 2014- and 2018 he was first Senior Scientist and later, between 2018-2021, Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Chemistry, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Since 2017, he is Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Analytica Chimica Acta. His main areas of research are liquid chromatography, molecular mass spectrometry, ion mobility-mass spectrometry, ion exchange chromatography and capillary electrophoresis. Fundamental research includes establishment of procedures for accurate determination of ion collision cross section (CCS) using IM-MS including robust estimations of the uncertainty of measurement. Current application developments include mass spectrometry for biotechnology (e.g., miniaturized cell factories), analysis of local and traditionally produced wines (e.g., for prediction of wine quality), and unified IM-MS approaches for screening of steroids and steroid residues.


University of La Laguna, Spain

Microplastics as contaminants of environmental concern: Challenges in their determination and analysis.

Javier Hernández-Borges is Associate Professor with tenure of the Analytical Chemistry Division of the Department of Chemistry at the University of La Laguna in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). He studied Chemistry at the University of La Laguna (1996-2001) and obtained his PhD with European mention at that university in 2005, after which, he carried out a postdoctoral stay at the Institute of Chemical Methodologies of the National Research Council of Italy (2006-2007), obtained a Juan de la Cierva contract at the Canarian Institute of Agrarian Research (2007-2008) and a Ramon y Cajal contract at the University of La Laguna (2009-2013). He has published around 120 papers in international indexed journals and 29 book chapters, most of them dealing with analytical method development, in particular, with the determination of pesticides, antibiotics, phthalates and estrogenic compounds residues in environmental and food matrices using chromatographic and electromigration techniques also coupled to mass spectrometry detection. Since 2018, he is coordinator of the Applied Analytical Chemistry Research Group (AChem) at the University of La Laguna, which incorporated from the very beginning a pioneer research line at the university devoted to microplastics research, trying to follow a multidisciplinary approach. In particular, his group has been studying the presence of microplastics in air, soils, coastal and deep-sea sediments and also in the water column, monitoring environmental contaminants in microplastics, and determining the microplastic content in different living organisms as well as improving analytical methodologies for microplastics determination and analysis.


University of Tübingen, Germany

Column coupling, two-dimensional liquid chromatography, multi-detector and hyphenated approaches for pharmaceutical analysis.

Full Professor (W3) for Pharmaceutical (Bio-)Analysis at the University of Tübingen, Germany (since 2011). He graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1992 and earned his PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1996 at the University of Graz, Austria (Supervisor: Prof. Wolfgang Lindner). Between 1997 and 2011 he was assistant professor and since 2002 associate professor at the University of Vienna, Department of Analytical Chemistry. Between 1999-2000 he spent a year of research as post-doc at the Department of Chemistry of the University of California, Berkeley with Prof. Frantisek Šveč. Since 2007, he is associate editor of Journal of Separation Science. His research interests include the development of functionalized separation materials (chiral stationary phases, mixed-mode phases, chemo- & bioaffinity materials, nanoparticles, monoliths), metabolomics and lipidomics, pharmaceutical analysis (impurity profiling, enantioselective analytics), multidimensional separations and biopharmaceuticals analysis (peptides, oligonucleotides, proteins, plasmids).


University of Almería, Spain

From targeted to non-targeted analysis in food safety: What’s Up, Doc?

Senior lecturer (Analytical Chemistry area) at University of Almeria. His main research lines are focused on the comprehensive monitoring of organic pollutants (contaminants and residues) in food, environmental, and biological samples, applying chromatographic techniques coupled to low- and high-resolution mass spectrometry analyzers. Additionally, metabolomics approaches are also applied, paying special attention to quality assessment for food authenticity. Generic extraction procedures have been developed, mainly based on simple extraction techniques as QuEChERS and “dilute and shoot” procedures. He was featured among the World’s Top 2 % Scientist List according to Stanford University study. ORCID link:


National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Advances on wide-scope target and suspect HRMS screening of environmental samples

Nikolaos S. Thomaidis, Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, is specialized in Analytical Chemistry - High Resolution Mass Spectrometry with a special emphasis on Environmental and Food Analysis. Prof. Thomaidis has extensive experience in supervising and coordinating research projects with both national and European funding and has constant research activity over the last 25 years in Environmental and Food Analytical Chemistry. His publication efforts are summarized in >290 articles, 18 book chapters, receiving >10,400 citations and an h-index of 56 (Scopus ID: 6701846377). He leads a dedicated scientific group, Trace Analysis and Mass Spectrometry (TrAMS) group (, whose current research interest is focused on the development of cutting-edge HRMS methodologies and workflows to fully characterize the molecular “fingerprint” of environmental, biological and food samples . Moreover, his research team has developed NGS and multiplex PCR methods for the reliable quantification of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater and the development of an early warning system for the detection of COVID-19 dynamics. He has strong links with regulatory bodies for environmental quality and food safety issues. He is the member of editorial boards and guest editor for several scientific journals of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry.