GERSTEL Inc. offers training courses at our Baltimore, Maryland applications lab which is fully equipped with all major GERSTEL instrumentation on Agilent Technologies GC/MS and LC/MS instrumentation. Standard 1-day course modules are presented throughout the year; one covers the versatile MPS autosampler and accessories for liquid, headspace and SPME sample injection, the other covers Thermal Desorption (TDU or TDS) and related applications. A third half-day course covers the Dynamic Headspace accessory for the MPS autosampler. Courses include hands-on instrument maintenance and operation as well as classroom presentations on applications such as headspace and SPME sample introduction, air sampling, thermal desorption strategies for solids, and Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction (SBSE) with the GERSTEL Twister™.

The courses are typically held four times per year. Special course modules can be arranged covering topics such as pyrolysis, multidimensional GC-GC or standalone workstation operation. It is also possible to arrange customized on-site training for larger groups at your site. If interested in customized training courses please contact

The GERSTEL applications lab is located 10 minutes from the Baltimore-Washington International airport, and 15 minutes from Baltimore’s beautiful downtown Inner Harbor. The Inner Harbor features restaurants, shopping and a wide variety of other attractions like the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center and Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Course Descriptions

2017 Course Schedule

Date Location Partner GERSTEL Presenter Title / Topic
September 19th Baltimore Syft TBD (Lab Personnel) TBD
September 21st Philidelphia Syft Not needed Not needed
September 26th New Jersey Syft Joelle Ayala Blending Station / Mixture Maker
September 28th Boston Syft Joelle Ayala / Mark Hayward (ITSP) MicroSPE and other Sample Prep
September 19th Folsom, CA Agilent TBD TBD
September 21st Chicago Agilent Emanuella Gionfrido (University of Waterloo) Analysis of complex food matrices made easy: SPME strategies for targeted and untargeted analysis
October 3rd New Jersey Agilent Amanda Kern (Tufts University) Using Sensory-Directed Chemical Analysis to Identify Compounds in Hops that Drive Consumer Preference and Consumption of Craft Beers
October 5th Austin, TX Agilent Jack Stuff (GERSTEL) TBD

MPS Autosampler course– Covers MPS liquid, headspace, SPME injection, common accessories and Maestro software control of special functions. Includes hands-on maintenance and troubleshooting for the MPS and CIS inlet. NOTE: We try to have both the “classic” MPS-xt and newerMPS Robotic autosamplers available for the hands-on part of the course. PLEASE indicate which version you have when registering.

Thermal Desorption, Software and Methods course– Covers strategies for direct thermal extraction of solids, air sampling, and Twister Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction and includes a workshop format for thermal desorption software control for GERSTEL thermal desorbers (both TDU and TDS) . Includes hands-on maintenance and troubleshooting for the TDU, TDS, TDSA and CIS inlet.

Dynamic Headspace course- Covers the DHS accessory for the MPS autosampler, common applications and Maestro software control of special functions. Includes hands-on maintenance and troubleshooting for the DHS.

Sensory Directed Chemical Analysis Workshop- GERSTEL, Inc. and Tufts University Sensory and Science Center (TUSSC) announce an upcoming Sensory-directed Chemical Analysis workshop scheduled for August 29-30, 2017 at the GERSTEL Inc. facility in Baltimore, MD. The objective is to integrate sensory and instrumental analysis for investigating off-odors in consumer products, such as foods, beverages, personal care, household products and packaging materials.

The course will include lecture, hands-on and interactive discussions. The course is designed for analysts, sensory panelists and managers who need to integrate and effectively communicate sensory and chemical data to solve challenging problems.

How to Register

GERSTEL training courses are advanced courses that assume the course participants are familiar with GC chromatography principles and instrument control software. If introductory GC courses are needed, please contact one of the many organizations that offer such courses. GERSTEL recommends new users attend training after gaining some basic experience running their systems based on the familiarization given at the time of installation.

Registration is $825 per student per day, with discount schedules available for multiple participants from a single company. See the registration form for current multistudent rates. Lunch is provided on-site during the course.

To register,

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