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06-10 December 2021

Deadline for applications: 04 October 2021

Objectives, Scope & Target


The aims of the course are to: assist qualified analytical chemists from Member States with economies that are developing or in transition in acquiring further experience and practical knowledge; facilitate the analysis of chemicals related to national implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (hereinafter “the Convention”); enhance national capacities in these Member States by offering online training in analytical chemistry to personnel from industry, academic institutions, and government laboratories; facilitate the adoption of good laboratory practices; and broaden the pool of human resources from which National Authorities and the Secretariat can draw in the future.


This training programme is aimed at offering theoretical and experimental knowledge in the analysis of chemicals related to the Convention. The course includes basic lectures and demonstrations of sample preparation of environmental samples and analysis using gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) techniques. Lecture topics include an introduction to Convention-related chemicals; nomenclature; classical sample preparation techniques for the extraction of Convention-related chemicals from environmental samples; clean-up procedures; derivatisation procedures; principles and components of GC and various detectors; the theory of GC-MS under electron ionisation (EI) and chemical ionization (CI); automated mass spectral deconvolution and identification system (AMDIS) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) searching; GC-retention index (GC-RI) calculation; introduction to liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry techniques; the OPCW proficiency testing programme and challenges; and the OPCW reporting mechanism. The demonstrations (live streaming and videos) include the operation of GC with nitrogen phosphorous and flame photometric detectors; GC-MS under EI and CI conditions; sample preparation of organic, water, and soil samples; sample analysis by GC and GC-MS; data analysis by AMDIS; GC-RI calculation; and data reporting in accordance with the OPCW proficiency testing programme.


Admission requirements The course is open to those who: (a) have a minimum of a first degree (BSc or equivalent) in chemistry or analytical chemistry from a recognised university or institution, with relevant practical and theoretical experience in analytical chemistry, especially in GC and GC-MS; (b) are citizens of Member States whose economies are developing or in transition; and (c) have been working in a chemical laboratory or research institution in their home country for at least five years. The course will be conducted in English. Candidates must therefore have a strong command of both written and spoken English. Any candidate who is found not to meet this requirement upon arrival may not be allowed to continue the course. The online analytical skills development course will accommodate a maximum of 20 participants from Member States with economies that are developing or in transition. The Secretariat will select the participants based on their qualifications and experience. Only selected candidates will be notified by the Secretariat. The Secretariat encourages qualified female candidates to apply for this course.


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