Special issue on Journal of Chromatography A
We are glad to inform that a special issue devoted to the III-Sample treatment conference is going to be launched in Journal of Chromatography A.
Guest-editors: Dr. Marja-Liisa Riekkola and Dr. José luís Capelo

Title: New Sample Pretreatment Methodologies

There are grants available for PhD students: (free fee).
Please send a motivation letter and your CV to: jlcapelom@bioscopegroup.org and Ana Laço <ana.laco@bioscopegroup.org>
Subject: Sample Treatment Grants for students.

Three courses (each limited to 20 people) are going to be given during the conference:
1 – Bacterial Identification using mass spectrometry (by Bruker)
2 – MALDI Imaging of Tissues (by Bruker)
3 – Free label protein quantification by mass spectrometry (By Bioscope)
Courses are for free.
Please contact professor Capelo with the subject “Sample treatment Courses” for further information: jlcm@fct.unl.pt and ana.laco@bioscopegroup.org

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Sample treatment is, without any doubt, the backbone of chemical analysis. Always underestimated, many times neglected, sample treatment needs to be recalled from the limbo in which it has been thrown during the last decades. With this aim the Caparica Christmas Conference on sample treatment has been created. The idea is to join all of us working with sample treatment in a 4 day conference, in a nice place (Caparica) during one of the most beautiful periods of the year: December.Poster

As for the obvious question you already have in mind, but what is sample treatment? the following answer is proposed: any tool that helps to interrogate any measurable matter. Thus, ultrasonic energy or microwave energy can be used to extract analytes from solid substances; the use of such energy can be considered sample treatment. However, to interrogate the analytes we need analytical devices, such as atomic absorption spectrometry, RMN or mass spectrometry. The correct application of such devices or the development of new ones is also sample treatment. But there is more to tell. Many times a large number of samples need to be interrogated. Data compiled after extracting analytes and after analyzing them is nothing if we do not use chemometrics to understand all the information we have retrieved. This is also sample treatment.

The organizing and scientific committee is proud to welcome you to the Third Caparica Christmas Conference on Sample Treatment.

And last, but not least, we have some of the best in the arena:

Plenary Speakers

Manuel Miró, PhD

University of the Balearic Islands (Spain)
Automated flow-based sample prepration exploting 3D printed fluidic platforms

Jacek Wisniewski, PhD

Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry (Germany)
FASP and related methods: 10 year development and experience

Janne Lehtiö, PhD

Cancer Proteomics| Mass Spectrometry Dept. Oncology-Pathology | Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
Fractionating complex proteomes by High Resolution Isoelectric Focusing for MS-analysis

Marja-Liisa Riekkola, PhD

Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki, Helsinki (Finland)

Solid-Phase Microextraction Based Sampling Systems – Great Potential

RR Rosa Maria Marcé Recasens, PhD

Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
Exploring the capabilities of mixed mode ion-exchange sorbents in environmental analysis

SL Steven J. Lehotay, PhD

Lead Scientist USDA Agricultural Research Service Eastern Regional Research Center 600 East Mermaid Lane Wyndmoor, PA (USA)
Overview of QuEChERS at Age 15

SB Stig Pedersen-Bjergaard, PhD

School of Pharmacy University of Oslo P.O. Box Blindern, Oslo (Norway)

Liquid-phase microextraction – recent trends and perspectives

Keynote Speakers

Rafael Lucena, PhD

Analytical Chemistry Department,University of Córdoba, Córdoba (Spain)
Sorptive phases based on coating conventional paper with polymer/nanoparticles composites

GG Guillermo Grindlay, PhD

Universidad de Alicante, Alicante (Spain)

Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry: a powerful tool for inorganic and organic analysis in life sciences

MP Mariela Pistón, PhD

Universidad de la Republica, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Montevideo (Uruguay)
Standard methods versus alternative methods that use mild conditions in the preparation of samples for trace element determination in food

SA Sergio Armenta, PhD

Universidad de Valencia, Valencia (Spain)

SA Zhen Liu, PhD

State Key Lab of Analytical Chemistry for Life Science, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University (China)

Boronate affinity materials for –omics, disease diagnosis and single-cell analysis

DS Dalibor Satinsky, PhD

Faculty of Pharmacy, Charles University (Czech Republic)
Nanofibers as promising sorbents for on-line solid phase extraction in chromatography systems

JA Jose Luis Gomez Ariza, PhD

Faculty of Experimental Sciences, University of Huelva, Huelva (Spain)

JA Mohamed Abdel-Rehim, PhD

Materials and Nanophysics-Applied Physics Department, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm (Sweden)

Yours truly
J. L. Capelo

C. Lodeiro
Conference chairs
On behalf of the organizing and scientific committee


  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Sample treatment for inorganic and elemental analysis
  • Sample treatment for the analysis of organic molecules
  • Sample treatment for physical-chemistry analysis
  • Sample treatment for biomedical analysis
  • Automatic methods (FIA-SIA)
  • Chemometrics
  • Informatics
  • New tools for sample treatment and analysis

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We look forward to seeing you soon.

With kindest regards



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Booking through the Internet and/or travelling agencies will imply additional cost for meals:
        • 15€/lunch/person/day
        • 22,50€/dinner/person/day
           no social events