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POSTPONED LCMS Training: A Hands on Approach Kenya July 2020

6 - 10 July 2020, Nairobi, Kenya

After careful consideration of the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone the GCMS and LCMS courses. The courses are very important to us, but given the latest health news and travel restrictions that delegates are experiencing we have made the difficult decision to postpone. 

The wellbeing of everyone attending any of our events is our number one priority and we believe that postponing is the most sensible approach at the current time. We are grateful for the continued support and commitment of the local organising committees, and we plan to reschedule the conference in the near future. 

The selection process for applicants will still be going ahead, and all delegates will be contacted and an announcement made on this page as soon as new dates are available. 

Please contact us at if you have any questions.

This new LC-MS course is part of our analytical science training programme, supported by GSK.  It will cover the practical aspects of liquid chromatography, method development, quantitative analysis and spectral interpretation of LC-MS.

We will train more than 400 African scientists by the end of 2020, as well as training Local Trainers to train others, leaving a self-sustaining programme and a lasting legacy.

The Pan Africa Chemistry Network was set up by the Royal Society of Chemistry to advance the chemical sciences across Africa by building a self-sustaining science base. This expanded analytical science training programme will develop your practical analytical techniques to solve local challenges and contribute to global scientific knowledge.

Applications are invited for the above training course; we welcome applications from researchers, lecturers, technicians, MSc students and PhD students in the chemical sciences from Universities and research institutions across Africa.

The training course will cover the practical aspects of Liquid Chromatography, method development, quantitative analysis and spectral interpretation of LC-MS.


Places are limited to 15 delegates only. Application deadline 9 March 2020. Travel costs (including all travel, accommodation and food) will be covered.  Preference will be given to scientists in the host country, but there will be a number of places available for those traveling from elsewhere in Africa.
As these LCMS courses are only taking place in Kenya, applicants from Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria are eligible to apply for these courses.  We also welcome applications from across Africa.
Also, delegates who have attended a previous PACN LCMS course in Kenya are not eligible to attend again.  This is a repeat of the course run in 2019.

Selection Criteria

The participants will be selected based upon the information provided in your application, against the published selection criteria:
  • All participants should have a HND or BSc (or equivalent) in the chemical sciences, thus demonstrating suitable background knowledge
  • Participants can be MSc students, PhD students, lecturers, researchers, professors or technical staff. A range of experience levels in each course is preferred.
  • Demonstrable benefit to research or teaching in your home institution
  • Strong relevance to your current or planned research or teaching area
  • Potential impact upon the individual’s experience and career prospects
  • Immediate application of the techniques learnt
  • Access to equipment in your home country will be considered
  • Benefit to home institution and the wider chemistry community in your country

How to apply

To apply please use the link in this section, you must:
  • Complete the required online application form
  • Upload a current CV (maximum length of 2 pages)
  • Upload a letter of introduction and recommendation from one referee (for students only)
Delegates will be selected from the information provided in your application form.  Please click on the link at the top of this page to complete your application.  All applications must be received by the published deadline and we do not accept applications by email.

Please note – we receive high number of applications for these courses. So, please take your time to consider your answers to the questions in the form, as this will be the basis for your acceptance/rejection.

This course is also being run in August 2020, please indicate your preferred date at the end of your application.

Enquiries may be sent to Dr Helen Driver, Royal Society of Chemistry ( and the PACN Administrator in Kenya


This will be provided for all delegates, including food.  All delegates and trainers will be staying in a guest house close to the University.
Mathias Schäfer, University Cologne, Germany

Professor Dr. Mathias Schäfer
Department of Chemistry, Institute of Organic Chemistry, University Cologne Germany
Since 1999 Professor Dr. Mathias Schäfer, FRSC heads the Mass Spectrometry Plattform of the Department of Chemistry at the University Cologne, Germany. The research interests of Mathias Schäfer span from classic structure elucidation of synthetic compounds as well as of natural products to gas-phase chemistry and ion spectroscopy. A strong focus has been the development of new reagents for chemical cross-linking experiments, i.e. specific peptide and protein derivatization chemistry for the effective protein 3D structure investigations. Besides that state-of-the- art techniques are applied to understand the fundamentals of chemical structure-reactivity relationships of important reaction intermediates. The experimental studies comprise tandem-MS experiments, ion-molecule reactions, as well as action spectroscopy approaches. Mathias Schäfer has co-authored two textbooks on Mass Spectrometry and GC-MS and has published over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals.

Professor Anthony Gachanja, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

Local Trainer for the GC-MS training Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya He holds a B.Sc degree in Chemistry from University of Nairobi, M.Sc degree in Analytical Science and Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry from The University of Hull, UK in 1991. He the proceeded to University of Plymouth for Post-Doctoral fellowship, in a project on fabrication and design of flow through chemiluminescence detector for application in flow injection and liquid chromatography. Prof Gachanja is the Head of the Analytical Laboratory at Jomo Kenyatta university of Agriculture and Technology, with a vibrant research group. The group is involved in environmental and analytical research in areas of air and water quality: now working on emerging pollutants e.g. pharmaceuticals and homecare products in the environment, pesticide residues, use of Nano cellulose in water purification, gaseous and particulate pollution in air. Prof Gachanja has been working with the RSC and GSK to train researchers in Africa on GC-MS instrumentation and application. He is among the “175 faces of Chemistry” He is a visiting scientist at the University of Plymouth (UK) and Jyvaskyla University (Finland)

Mr Martin Murigi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

Martin Murigi is a final year MSc student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and works in Prof. Anthony Gachanja’s lab. His work involves development of nanocellulose filters from rice straw for adsorption of active pharmaceutical ingredients in surface water and waste water. He has worked with GCMS and LC/MSMS in the course of his work and has tremendously benefited from several GCMS trainings offered at JKUAT. He has been instrumental in assisting other researchers working with GCMS in Prof Anthony’s lab.

Dr Elijah Ngumba, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, United Kingdom

Elijah Ngumba, PhD, is an assistant lecturer in the Department of Chemistry Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya. He graduated with PhD in Environmental Technology in 2018 from University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He also holds BSc. Chemistry (2006) and MSc. Chemistry (2011) both from JKUAT. He has been working on analytical method development for emerging environmental contaminants based on solid phase extraction and liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (SPE-LC-MS/MS). He has published and presented in local and international conferences on analytical method development as well as occurrence and control of emerging environmental contaminants

  • Ms Josephine Ouma Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, 0, Kenya

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