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Jeff Duke , GC Course Presenter

Jeff began his career in gas chromatography at the Home Office Forensic Science laboratory in the 1970’s.  He began work initially utilising Curie point pyrolysis on packed column GC’s for the analysis of paint chips and fibres.  He then moved onto the analysis of fire debris from suspected arson cases for analysis for fire accelerants.  During his time in Forensic Science, Jeff developed headspace concentration techniques for fire accelerants utilising both thermal and solvent desorption methods.  He developed techniques for characterising petroleum residues by their sulphur component fingerprints utilising flame photometric detection and the removal of interfering pyrolysis products from fire debris utilising subtraction GC.  He also introduced the then novel splitless and on-column injection techniques to the laboratory.

After leaving Forensic Science, Jeff moved into the natural product and food ingredient industry.  There he developed techniques for sub-ppm analysis of suspected carcinogens in food ingredients utilising BSTFA derivitisation techniques coupled with electron capture detection.  He also helped develop the laboratory library of perfumery and essential oil components linking the existing Kovats indice database with mass spectrometry utilising one of the early GC Ion trap MS instruments.

Following a move into the Pharmaceutical Industry at Pfizer, Jeff became head of the Gas and Ion Chromatography unit in the UK Analytical R&D department and modernised the techniques and instrumentation, widening the types of analysis within the laboratory and instituting an open access program to train scientists to run their own basic analyses. 

After moving into leadership positions in drug development, Jeff maintained his interest in separative techniques by helping co-found the Pfizer Analytical Research Centre (PARC) at Ghent University in conjunction with Professor Pat Sandra.  He remained on the science board of the centre for a number of years helping to review projects and publications.

                     

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