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2017 ICP Conference

3rd Annual ICP Conference, Back to Basics - Drilling Down

For all ICP-MS and ICP-OES users 
October 4 - 5, 2017 • Blacksburg, Virginia

Join ICP users from around the country for Inorganic Ventures' 3rd Annual ICP Conference.

We are excited to announce that we’ve set the date for our third annual ICP Conference and it is going to be chock full of fantastic information. You’re not going to want to miss this one!

We’ve put together a two-day experience based on what we heard from the attendees last year. And that was… you want more!  This year you will hear from Inorganic Ventures' experts on a wide range of topics including Sample Preparation Basics for ICP, Sample and CRM Stability Considerations, Trace Metals Analysis and more. But this year, we’re going to drill down into the topics and give you even more valuable information. 

New to this year, there will also be an afternoon session on Thursday that will be an open forum for the attendees.  You’ll have access to our entire technical group to talk one-on-one about specific issues. We will close the in-depth, two day conference with a round table of industry professionals, allowing attendees to have their specific ICP challenges addressed and responded to by some of the brightest minds in the industry.



And for those that are interested, we’ve planned a very exciting evening for October 4.  We will be hosting a casino party for all attendees at Lane Stadium, the home of the Virginia Tech Hokies on the beautiful Virginia Tech campus. Billed as the toughest place in college football for opponents to play by, Lane Stadium seats 66,233. Lane Stadium/Worsham Field has always been regarded as one of the finest places to watch – and toughest places for opponents to play – a college football game.  This event will include transportation, dinner, music, and casino party.


Our Speakers

Paul Gaines, Ph.D./CEO, Senior Technical Director

Dr. Paul Gaines has four decades of spectroscopic experience working in the laboratories of Exxon Research and Engineering and Union Carbide.  Today Dr. Gaines is the Senior Technical Advisor and CEO of Inorganic Ventures.

Brian Alexander, Ph.D./Vice President, Technical Operations

Dr. Brian Alexander is an earth scientist specializing in geochemistry. His research has focused trace metal analysis using ICP techniques and rare earth element studies of natural waters and chemical sediments. Today, Dr. Alexander is the Vice President, Technical Operations at Inorganic Ventures.

Lesley Owens, Ph.D. / Senior Research Chemist

Dr. Lesley Owens is an analytical chemist with research specialties including chromium speciation, environmental sample design, elemental spectroscopy, and metal contamination in food products. Today, Dr. Owens is a Senior Research Chemist at Inorganic Ventures.

James King, M.Sc./Chemist, Technical Manager

James King is an inorganic chemist with experience in synthesis and purification.  His research has focused on the synthesis and characterization of organometallic compounds to be used as molecular magnets. Today Mr. King is a Chemist - Technical Manager at Inorganic Ventures.

Thomas Kozikowski, Chemist, R&D

Thomas Kozikowski is a chemist with expertise in the manufacturing, quality control, technical support, stability, and homogeneity of inorganic metals standards.  His experience covers many areas including reagent synthesis and purification, trace metals analysis using ICP techniques, transpiration studies, and container cleanliness.  Today, Mr. Kozikowski is a Chemist – Research and Development at Inorganic Ventures.

Michael Booth - Chemist, Quality Control

Mike Booth is a chemist with expertise in quality control and instrumentation. His experience covers areas including ICP-OES, ICP-MS, Ion Chromatography and various titration techniques. Today Mr. Booth is a Quality Control Supervisor at Inorganic Ventures.






Event Details

ICP Conference
October 4-5, 2017
Inn at Virginia Tech &
Skelton Conference Center

Assembly Hall
Blacksburg, Virginia

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Travel Information


Discounted rates are available at these two area hotels. Please ask for the ICP Conference Rate.

Host Hotel
The Inn at Virginia Tech - $149 + tax.

Area Hotel (1.3 miles away)
Hilton Garden Inn Blacksburg - $96 + tax.  The code for online reservations is: 3097713.