2nd STARSS conference on Separation Science (25 - 27 November, 2018)

29. 11. 2018

Second edition of the serie of conferences of STARSS project was held in Hradec Králové at Nové Adalbertinum venue on 25-27 November, 2018.  The program was prepared in cooperation with our international partners, to cover wide variety of topics, applications and different analysis approaches. Namely in SFx, sample preparation, mass spectrometry in life sciences, 2D-techniques, chromatography and flow techniques. We are thankful to all of invited speakers for accepting invitation and to all of you - attendants for such a huge interest. The scientific program was of a high quality (not only) thanks to the lectures of excellent speakers:

Prof. Charlotta Turner, Lund University, Lund, Sweden - Supercritical carbon dioxide and gas expanded liquids in separation science

Dr. Deirdre Cabooter, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium - Mass transfer phenomena in liquid chromatography

Dr. Tatianna Tenikova, Saint-Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia - My 30 years with polymer monoliths: past, present, and perspectives

Dr. Audrey Combes, ESPCI Paris, Paris, France - Molecularly imprinted polymers: a useful tool for selective sample treatment


Besides the lectures the program included the tutorial on supercritical fluid extraction (Prof. Charlotta Turner), and the workshop on supercritical fluid extraction and the workshop on flow techniques.

please read here for more details

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Group meeting of project STARSS

11. 10. 2018

Group meeting of project STARSS was held on 10. October 2018 in Dean’s Office Meeting hall, Pharmaceutical Faculty in Hradec Králové

Presentations of STARSS group members:

  1. Mgr. Kateřina Plachká - Matrix effects in analysis of tocopherols and tocotrienols using supercritical fluid chromatography-mass spectrometry and different sample preparation methods

  2. Mgr. Pavel Jakubec - Analysis of triacylglycerols and fat soluble vitamins in milk

  3. Ing. Ondřej Jung, PharmDr. Pavel Jáč, Ph.D. - Optimalizační software MODDE

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Dr. William Craig Byrdwell showed in his lecture that the world is based on numbers

18. 9. 2018

Project STARSS invited Dr. William Craig Byrdwell (Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, U.S.D.A., Beltsville, USA) who presented his research in fascinating lecture “How LC-MS of Lipids Led to a New Understanding of Space, Mass, and the Periodic Table”. Now, it is clear that entire world is based on numbers!

Venue: 17 September 2018, 10 a.m. – Dean’s Office Meeting hall, Pharmaceutical Faculty in Hradec Králové

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Project STARSS partnered 19. School of Mass Spectrometry (10 - 14 September 2018)

17. 9. 2018

19. School of Mass Spectrometry, annual meeting on Mass Spectrometry and hyphenated technics was organized 10. - 14. 9. 2018 in Resort Horal in Špindlerův Mlýn. Assoc Prof. Lucie Nováková, one of the senior researches of the project STARSS, was designated chairman and several junior members were in organizing committee of the meeting.

The topic of the meeting was "Many hands make light work" focused on hyphenation of mass spectrometry with separation techniques. The program was divided in 14 session (including 3 renovned foreingn speakers) with 41 lessons, 1 poster session and 2 workshops and was attended by 230 participants.  

The meeting received glowing reviews of both beginners and entusiasts in mass spectometry! 

For more details about the meeting read here (in Czech).  


Polish-Czech Symposium (Flow Analysis & Capillary Electrophoresis) in cooperation with STARSS

16. 7. 2018 

Polish-Czech Symposium II. FA&CE 2018 (Flow Analysis & Capillary Electrophoresis) was organized in 25 - 27 June 2018 in Garden of Medicinal Plants of Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Kralove Charles University. The symposium was organized in cooperation with foreign strategic partner of Charles University - Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland and was supported by STARSS project.

The conference was opened by both chairmen Prof. Petr Solich (Charles University) and Prof. Paweł Kościelniak (Jagiellonian University in Krakow). Five renown scientists in both scopes of the conference were invited to present recent trends. Prof. Spas Kolev, University of Melbourne, Australia “Flow analysis determination of arsenate using on-line extraction and gas-diffusion membrane-based separation”; Prof. Dr. Víctor Cerdà, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain “AutoAnalysis: A software package for laboratory automation”; Prof. Ana María García Campaña, University of Granada, Spain “Capillary electrophoresis coupled with mass spectrometry: an efficient alternative for the determination of contaminant residues in foods”; Prof. Andras Guttman, University of Debrecen, Hungary “New Advances in Comprehensive Glycosylation Analysis of Biopharmaceuticals”; Prof. Dr. Gerhard K. E. Scriba, University of Jena, Germany “CE Enantioseparations and Application to the Determination of the Stereoisomeric Purity of Drugs”.

5 Key lectures were complemented by 27 lectures, 11 posters and 2 workshops. The conference was attended by 70 participants from Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Hungary, USA, Thailand and Germany.

For more details about the conference read here.

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Group meeting of project STARSS

13. 6. 2018

Group meeting of project STARSS was held on 13. March 2018 in Dean’s Office Meeting hall, Pharmaceutical Faculty in Hradec Králové

Presentations of STARSS group members:

  1. David Moreno-Gonzales, PhD. - Use of capillary electrophoresis and liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry for the determination of pesticide and antibiotic residues in foods

  2. Maria Khalikova, Ph.D. - Biopharmaceutical analysis in Research Institute for Chromatograph

  3. Dr. Veronika Pilařová, Ph.D. - Supercritical fluid extraction of biologically active compounds from sea buckthorn

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12. 6. 2018

The STARSS meeting organized by the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, and supported by STARSS project was held in Pec pod Sněžkou on 10th – 12th June 2018). The researchers from STARSS, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Charles University, and invited researches from the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Palacký University, Olomouc, participated on this meeting.

After professor František Švec‘s welcoming address, professor Petr Solich (Hradec Kralové) and professor Karel Lemr (Olomouc) introduced their departments and scientific research of their groups. Then, talks given by the researches from both groups followed. Majority of presented and discussed  topics were focused on current the trends in advanced separation sciences including the use of supercritical fluid chromatography, gas chromatography, and ultra-high performance liquid chromatography hyphenated with mass spectrometry in many application fields such as pharmaceutical and clinical analysis, archeology, analysis of proteins and other natural compounds. Some talks were also focused on the green chemistry principles represented by miniaturization of sample preparation techniques and automation of procedures in flow-based techniques. A wide variety of discussed topics gave a lot of new knowledge and inspiration.

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Breaking of a dogma in bottom-up proteomics

17. 4. 2018

The article “Conventional-Flow Liquid Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry for Exploratory Bottom-Up Proteomic Analyses” published by a STARSS member, Juraj Lenčo et. al., in an internationally renowned journal (Analytical Chemistry 2018, 90, 5381−5389, Impact Factor: 6.320) describes research and development in area of advanced, highly efficient conventional-flow liquid chromatography and exceptionally sensitive MS instruments for exploratory proteomics. The study set out to examine the possibilities and limitations of a state-of-the art conventional-flow LC–MS platform (using 1 mm i.d. column and minimized extra-column peak dispersion) for bottom-up exploratory proteomics. The results clearly demonstrated that there is no vital need for nanoLC and nanospray for bottom-up exploratory proteomics, and the extra sample demands should not be a limiting factor for most conventional-flow proteomic analyses and thus conventional-flow LC–MS proved to be an attractive alternative method for bottom-up exploratory proteomics.

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Group meeting of project STARSS

21. 3. 2018

Group meeting of project STARSS was held on 21. March in Dean’s Office Meeting hall, Pharmaceutical Faculty in Hradec Králové

Presentations of STARSS group members:

  1. Mgr. Lucie Zelená - Polymer inclusion membranes and their applications in sample pre-treatment
  2. Mgr. Pavel Jakubec - Targeted metabolomic profiling of monepantel in meadow plants
  3. PharmDr. Juraj Lenčo, Ph.D. - Conventional-flow LC-MS analyses for proteomic applications

3D printing seminar

  1. Vojtěch Tambor, Trilab - Laboratory Applications of 3D Printing Technologies: A Practical Primer
  2. Burkhard Horstkotte, Ph.D. - Use of 3D printing for the development of flow analyzer components
  3. Vojtěch Tambor, Trilab - Practical demonstrations of 3D printing
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Early stage researches showed high level

26. 1. 2018

8th Postgraduate and 6th Postdoc Conference (24th and 25th January 2018) - local conference dedicated to early stage researchers held in Faculty of Pharmacy, Charles University fulfill the aims – the place for practice of presentation and discussion of results and introduce strategic partners of STARSS project. Opening session gave the inspiration for youth by the lectures of Prof. František Švec - Preparation of manuscript that is likely to be accepted in high end journal, Prof. Marcela Segundo, University of Porto, Portugal - Bead injection for (bio)chemical analysis and Prof. Spas Kolev, University of Melbourne, Australia - Environmental Pollutant Sensing on a Paper-Based Microfluidic Platform. Following 7 sessions were a room for 15-minute lectures of ESRs. Total number of conference participants was over 150 and among 76 presenting ESR were all PhD students and postdocs of STARSS project.

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Practice makes perfect

10. 1. 2018

The project supports 8th Postgraduate and 6th Postdoc Conference - local conference dedicated to junior researchers held in Faculty of Pharmacy, Charles University. Not only members of the STARSS team have a great opportunity to present and discuss results of their research by short lectures. Three lectures of renowned professors (strategic partners of STARSS) during the opening part of the conference give even greater chance to learn something new and to be inspired.      

How to present scientific data?

13. 12. 2017
Workshop supported by STARSS project will be organized on 15. January 2018 by STARSS team member Dr. Juraj Lenčo. It will be focused on the oral presentation of scientific data - preparation of slideshow, design of slideshow, presentation of results, specifics of oral presentation, non-verbal communication, training of speech, etc. The workshop intended for PhD students and early-stage researches, includes one theoretical lecture and one practical lecture. 

STARSS conference on Separation Science (4 - 5 December, 2017)

6. 12. 2017

The first of the serie of conferences of STARSS project was held in Hradec Králové at Nové Adalbertinum venue on Monday and Tuesday, 4 - 5 December, 2017. We are thankful to all of invited speakers for accepting invitation and to all of you - attendants for such a huge interest.  The programme was prepared in cooperation with our international partners, to coverd wide variety of applications and different approaches. The scientific program was of a high quality thanks to presentations of excellent speakers:

Prof. Manuel Miró, University of Balearic Islands, Spain - Automatic sorptive microextraction in mesofluidic platforms

Dr. Sebastiaan Eeltink, Vrije Uninvesiteit Brussels, Belgium - Advances in microfluidic chip technology for separation science

Dr. Jean-Christophe Garrigue, University Toulouse III, France - New supramolecular sorbents for green sample-prep and trace analysis

Dr. Laura Mercolini, University of Bologna, Italy - Microsampling in bioanalysis: advances, challenges and perspectives

Prof. František Švec, Charles University, Hradec Králové - Myths about monolithic columns: False or true?

Dr. Daniel Seifert, The Czech Academy of Sciences, Řež - Microfluidic systems in radiopharmacy

Dr. Burkhard Horstkotte, Charles University, Hradec Králové - What flow techniques and Lab-In-Syringe can do for sample preparation?

Dr. Petr Chocholouš, Charles University, Hradec Králové - Various approaches in the on-line Solid-Phase Extraction using flow analysis manifold

Dr. Ondřej Novák, Palacky University, Olomouc - SPE-based microextractions in plant hormone analysis

Dr. Juraj Lenčo, Charles University, Hradec Kralové - Do we still need nanospray for exploratory proteomics?


and two workshops (including discussions) on presented topics 

please read here for more details  

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Joint meeting of projects STARSS and UNCE 20426

13. 10. 2017

Afternoon on 12. October was dedicated to the Joint meeting of two projects STARSS and UNCE 20426. The programme included four presentations of young scientists (H. Navrátilová, J. Chlebek, K. Macáková and B. Horstkotte), and presentation and workshop of 3D printing.


Group meeting of project STARSS

26. 9. 2017

Group meeting of project STARSS was held on 26. September in Dean’s Office Meeting hall, Pharmaceutical Faculty in Hradec Králové

Work presentations and discussion:

  1. Dr. Maria Khalikova, Ph.D. - UHPSFC/ESI-MS lipidomic analysis of tissues and plasma from kidney cancer patients
  2. Mgr. Kateřina Plachká - Ultra high-performance supercritical fluid chromatography in impurity control 


21st ICFIA (International Conference on Flow Injection Analysis and Related Techniques), St. Petersburg, Russia

2. - 8. 9. 2017

Group members presented results of their work - 4 oral presentations (P. Solich - Role of monoliths in flow analysis, B. Horstkotte - Lab-in-syringe automated of head-space extraction coupled online to FID-GC for sensitive determination of BTEX in surface waters, P. Chocholouš - Various approaches in the on-line solidphase extraction for trace metals analysis, H. Sklenářová - Automation of luciferase determination in a sequential injection system with chemiluminescence detection for cytotoxicity testing) and 5 posters (H. Sklenářová, I. Šrámková, D. Šatínský, K. Fikarová). Co-chairing of 2 section by our group members (Solich, Chocholouš) show strong position of in the field of automated flow analysis based techniques. Hot topics presented on the conference were in close relation with sample pre-treatment and separation (new materials (nano, 3D, crystal structures, ...) and method approches); hyphenation of flow analysis techniques with high performance separation (HPLC, GC, CE, ...) and detection ICP/MS, MS/MS, ...  The conference was dedicated to the 80th birthday of prof. Gary D. Christian renowned author of textbook Analytical Chemistry (published in 7th Edition). Meetings with Strategic partners (prof. Spas Kolev - University of Melbourne, prof. Miro - University of Balearic Islands) improved the cooperation within the project STARSS.

K. Fikarová - was awarded with price for the best poster!

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13. 7. 2017

"Expert in liquid chromatography connected with mass detection" - more details 


HPLC 2017 Prague (International symposium on separation techniques)

18. - 22. 6. 2017 

Group members presented results of their scientific work - 3 oral presetations (Lucie Nováková - Development of UHPSFC-MS method for high-throughput analysis of vitamin E isomers and evaluation of matrix effects when using different sample preparation approaches, Maria Khalikova - UHPSFC/ESI-MS lipidomic analysis of tissues and plasma from kidney cancer patients and František Švec - Myths about monolithic columns: False or true?) and 15 posters. František Švec presented two tutorial lessons Monolithic columns: Why, how, and for what?  and Scientific writing & publishing.

M.Parmová, L.Chocholoušová, D.Šatínský, J. Chvojka - Polyamide nanofibers as the sorbents for on-line SPE-HPLC determination of Bisphenol A in river water samples was awarded Best Poster Award, awarded by the Symposium and sponsored by Agilent Technologies)

prof. František Švec was awarded Medal of University of Pardubice

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Group meeting of project STARSS (Dean’s Office Meeting hall, Pharmaceutical Faculty in Hradec Králové)

14. 6. 2017

Group meeting of project STARSS was held on 14. June in Dean’s Office Meeting hall, Pharmaceutical Faculty in Hradec Králové

Work presentations and discussion:

  1. PharmDr. Ivana Horstkotte Šrámková, Ph.D. - Testing of nanofibers as potential SPE sorbents using a SIA system
  2. Mgr. Veronika Pilařová, Ph.D. - Modern microextraction approaches as an important tool for pretreatment of biological matrices
  3. Mgr. Lucie Zelená - Automation of analytical processes using flow methods
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