Pre-conference Workshops

 A number of pre-conference workshops have been arranged by our sponsors for delegates of ICAVS10. All pre-conference workshops take place on Sunday 7 July at the conference venue.


Case Room 3 | 9:00am – 1:00pm

Presented by Federico Marini, University of Rome “la Sapienza”

The workshop would present the basic principles of chemometric exploratory data analysis and calibration, with particular focus on the presentation of principal component analysis (PCA) and partial least squares regression (PLS). The topics will be presented both theoretically and by means of worked example and the participants are encouraged to bring their laptops (the only requirement is to have Matlab installed). A basic chemometric MATLAB toolbox will be freely distributed to the participants.


Handheld and Portable/Desktop Raman and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy Workshop.

Case Room 2 | 9:00am – 1:00pm

Metrohm Australia/New Zealand would like to invite you to Handheld and Portable/Desktop Raman and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy Workshop.

During the workshop, the participants will get an opportunity to have hands on experience on our various Raman instruments.

Metrohm Raman specialists will demonstrate the below instruments during the ICAVS worskhop

  1. MIRA DS (Handheld Raman with 785 nm) – For both lab and field based Raman study and applications
  2. MIRA Pharma (Handheld Raman with 785 nm) – FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance and dedicated to pharma and other regulated industries
  3. Metrohm B&W Tek Tactic ID 1064 (Handheld Raman with 1064 nm) –  For both lab and field based Raman study and applications (good for Raman studies of coloured compounds and natural products)
  4. Metrohm B&W Tek i-Raman Plus with microscope (Portable/Desktop Raman with 532 nm) – ideal for both research and industrial applications.
  5. Metrohm DropSens SPELEC Raman (Desktop Raman with 785 nm) – an in-situ spectroelectrochemistry Raman instrument ideal for researchers.
  6. Metrohm DS2500 NIRS – an NIRS instrument ideal for research and industrial applications

As a part of demonstration, we will show how Raman spectrometers (532 and 785) can differentiate various types of carbon nanomaterials such as Graphene, single and multi-walled carbon nanotubes, carbon nanofiber, graphene oxide etc. The participants can bring their samples for quick analysis provided the sample are safe to operate in the open room atmosphere.     

Programme Schedule

09:30am   Registration

10:00am   A quick presentation on various Metrohm Raman and NIRS products

10:30am   Morning break

11:00am   Demonstration and hands on experience

12:25pm   Conclusion

12:30pm   Complimentary lunch

01:00pm   End


  • Dr Sivanesan Arumugam,Metrohm Electrochemistry & Spectroscopy Product Manager, Australia and New Zealand
  • Nef Andrada,Metrohm Territory Manager, New Zealand

New Perspectives in 3D Raman Imaging and Correlative Techniques

Case Room 2 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Hosted by WITec

3D confocal Raman imaging is a powerful, versatile and increasingly common microscopy technique, capable of quickly identifying the molecules in a sample and visualizing their physical distribution. Correlative microscopy is a hybrid approach that looks at a sample with different microscope technologies, each optimized individually then later linked for a far more detailed analysis of chemical and structural features. This seminar will introduce the fundamental principles of Raman imaging, detail the associated hardware and software, describe several of its variations and provide relevant application examples. Speakers will then highlight the advantages of the correlative approach.

Programme Schedule

1:45pm   Registration

2:00pm   Welcome

2:15pm  New Perspectives in 3D Raman Imaging and Correlative Techniques

                Matthias Kess, WITec, Germany

3:00pm  Finding Nanoscale Domains Using Raman Microscopy – From Rocks to Harakeke Fibres

                Prof. Dr. Keith Gordon, University of Otago, New Zealand

3:30pm  Correlative Raman-SEM-EDX microscopy – examples of application

                Dr. Harald Fitzek, Technical University of Graz, Austria

4:00pm  New Tools and Accessories for Cutting-edge Raman Imaging Results.

                Matthias Kress, WITec, Germany

4:30pm   Wrap-up & Discussion

JASCO Raman and Infra-red imaging of complex samples

What is possible and how to do it

Case Room 3 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Hosted by JASCO

This workshop will provide an introduction to state-of-the-art infra-red absorbance and Raman spectroscopy and imaging to enable attendees to benefit maximally from the main ICAVS10 programme. It is targeted at students, early career researchers, and newcomers to the field, experienced researchers are of course very welcome. It is sponsored by Jasco as a contribution to developing the ICAVS community.

Workshop leaders include Professor Alison Rodger and Dr Yuling Wang of Macquarie University. 

13:30     Registration

               Lunch box and soft drink will be provided.

14:00     Welcome to JASCO workshop

14:20     Introduction to Fourier Transform Infra-red (FT/IR)Alison Rodger

               What is an IR Spectrum? How the spectrum is measured?

              ATR-IR applications to aqueous protein structure determination – potential and challenges

15:00     Introduction to Raman Spectroscopy – Yuling Wang

               What is a Raman spectrum? What is SERS? How the spectrum is measured?

              Applications of microscopic SERS in immunoassay and in vivo imaging.

15:40     Latest techniques of spectral measurementJASCO application staff

              Some features of JASCO imaging system for to obtain high quality IR and Raman spectra.

              Objective ATR + Smart Mapping – IR imaging

  • Advanced spectrum search at the functional group level
  • Transferable holder technology enables comparison of Raman and FT/IR spectrum
  • Process automation including target detection, measurement parameter optimization

16:10     Hands-on with FT/IR-4700 + ATR and user-led discussions JASCO application staff

  • Operate the instrument to understand how to get a good data
  • Some points for using FT/IR + ATR: pitfalls to avoid

17:00     Conclusion and refreshments