The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a scientific society based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry. Founded in 1876 at New York University, the ACS currently has more than 164,000 members at all degree-levels and in all fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields. It is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the leading sources of authoritative scientific information. The group holds a congressional charter under Title 36 of the United States Code.
Axion Training Institute has joined forces with the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Agilent Technologies (formerly Hewlett Packard) to offer the best hands-on Gas Chromatography and High Performance Liquid Cchromatography courses available. Axion has provided scientific services to every major pharmaceutical, chemical and petroleum company in the US. Axion Labs has also provided similar services to most of the larger government labs (FDA, FBI, DEA, USDA, CDC, etc.).
Axion Analytical Laboratories provides expert chromatography services including High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Gas Chromatography (GC), and Ion Chromatography (IC) Training, Short Courses, Seminars, sample analysis, methods development, and consulting. Their laboratory director has trained thousands of professionals internationally in the art and science of High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Ion Chromatography (IC), and Gas Chromatography (GC).
Axion Labs specializes not only in developing new methods, but also in drastically improving current methods, in terms of sensitivity, reliability, and analysis times. Along with performing typical chromatographic analyses, Axion also offer some unique scientific capabilities in the carbohydrate, organic acid, biofuels, biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol and environmental tobacco smoke arenas. Axion has provided services to many of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as government agencies and small businesses.
The course is instructed by Axion Team Members that have the unique combination of great technical expertise, and outstanding communication skills. Each instructor has a Ph.D. in chromatography, and at least 18 years of chromatography teaching and laboratory experience.
Dr. Lee N. Polite, B.A., MBA., Ph.D. is the primary instructor and institute coordinator for all of the courses. He has been teaching chromatography short courses for over 18 years. Lee is the National Instructor for the American Chemical Society’s popular Fundamentals of HPLC courses. He has also taught courses for the FDA, FBI Academy, and several industrial clients. Before becoming lab director for Axion, Lee spent 9 years with Amoco Corporation with a variety of responsibilities including: heading up their HPLC efforts, serving as Technology Supervisor of a refinery lab, and Group Leader of their environmental analysis efforts. He also spent time working as an applications chemist for an HPLC vendor, an HPLC specialist for a QC laboratory, and a technician in a pharmacology research lab.
Professor Harold McNair, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. is one of the icons of modern chromatography. He developed one of the first chromatography short courses over 35 years ago and has been teaching ever since. He was instrumental in the start-up of the chromatography divisions of both Hewlett Packard and Varian. He has consulted for the FDA, FBI, FAA, CODEX, and numerous industrial organizations. Professor McNair has trained 50 graduates students in chromatography with 200 publications and countless national and international awards.
For 40 hours Jonathan spend his time learning GC theory and hands on practice under the guidance and side by side with Dr.’s McNair and Lee Polite. and as advertised – “After this course, you will know more about GC than 80% of the professionals who do GC for a living!” – Jonathan has achieved this high level of knowledge and competence. This is because Axion has been providing the finest High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and Gas Chromatography (GC) training courses for more than 25 years. Jonathan has joined the ranks of Axion chromatography training graduates, such as every major pharmaceutical, chemical and petroleum company in the US. The course is designed for users in GC who want practical laboratory experience and thorough understanding of the technique fundamentals. By the end of this course, you are not only comfortable operating any modern GC, a graduate of the course is able to choose the correct temperatures, flows, column length, diameter, film thickness and stationary phase. Every participant will build a calibration curve, develop complex methods from scratch, and optimize GC methods to separate 10 compounds. As a final exam of sorts, a student is required to problem solve when the assigned GC they have been working on is required to fix a GC that is programmed to work improperly. A graduate is able to do all of this because the graduate thoroughly understand each of these important parameters. This end result is due to the fact that the classroom instruction is reinforced with plenty of hands on time with the GC’s in the lab.
Every participant will have the opportunity to build a calibration curve, develop complex methods from scratch, and optimize GC methods to separate 10 compounds.
This extensive training is important in DUI defense when blood is analysed for alcohol concentrations. Few Toxicologist (the state employee responsible for this analyses via GC testing) have this level of training on the GC that Jonathan has. As a result, Jonathan understands the limitations of the method, calibration, runs, single vs. dual column analyses, and many other issues can be exposed as being valid, invalid, or sufficient or deficient. When the presumption of innocence is said to be over come with a blood alcohol number it is paramount to ensure that the the generation of the number was not done with sloppy, invalid, or just plain wrong information. Citizens are all too often quick to believe the results when couched in reliable science, but there are times when, despite good scientific intentions, human error contributes to incorrect results. The first step in ensuring the right methods were used is understanding the process by which the number was produced.
At the time of this writing, Jonathan is the only DUI defense attorney who regularly practices in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties that has not only his vast DUI defense experience, but also has this unique training.