Web correspondents

A group of volunteers has agreed to act as web correspondents for this web site. The task the group has undertaken is to provide information on a regular basis on upcoming and recent events, people movements, equipment launches etc. which will be of interest to the global NIR community.

The web correspondents are as follows:

Asia correspondent

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Sirinnapa Saranwong

Sirinnapa Saranwong, aka Mui, is an NIR/Process Application Scientist with Bruker Optics, Tokyo, Japan. Mui obtained her Ph.D. in Biology from Chiang Mai University at the age of 25 in 2003. Her thesis project involved measuring the maturity of on-tree mango fruit with a hand-held NIR instrument. During her doctoral studies she was admitted to the prestigious Royal Golden Jubilee Ph.D. program and invited to work in Sumio Kawano’s lab at the National Food Research Institute (NFRI) in Tsukuba, Japan, where she studied NIR basics and applications to perishable products. After graduation, Mui continued working as a researcher with Dr Kawano for eight years. During that time, she conducted NIR research not only on fruit, but also milk, blood, meat and other commodities At NFRI, Mui had the opportunity to welcome prominent researchers from around the world, giving her access to the NIR network worldwide. She has been deeply involved in the Japan Council for Near Infrared (JCNIRS) as well as the Asian NIR Consortium, helping to organize the annual Japanese NIR Forum since 2003, the Japan-Thailand Joint Symposium on Nondestructive Technology in 2004, the Japan-Korea Joint Symposium on Near Infrared Spectroscopy in 2006 and the biannual Asian NIR Symposium since 2008. Mui is most recognized as the Secretary for the 14th International Conference for Near Infrared Spectroscopy, held in Bangkok in November 2009. For the international society, Mui attended her first ICNIRS meeting in 2001 (Korea) and has attended every subsequent meeting. She became Asian Editor for NIRNews in 2006 and has been a member of ICNIRS Management Committee from 2007 to 2013.

Mui has authored a number of peer reviewed publications, as well as a Book chapter on NIR spectroscopy. She has been invited to present her work in many countries, including Thailand, USA, Australia, Germany, and the Philippines. Since 2011, Mui has worked to support the sales team at Bruker Optics, not only for R&D or QC applications but extending her expertise to online/inline applications.

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South - America correspondent

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Celio Pasquini

Dr. Célio Pasquini is a full professor of the Department   of Analytical Chemistry of the Chemistry Institute of the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas - SP - Brazil (http://www.iqm.unicamp.br/profs/pasquini.html) and has been a member of the staff for 23 years. He started working in the field   of near infrared spectroscopy about 10 years ago. His interests   in the field are in the development of new and portable instruments and in the development of analytical methods for   agriculture (forestry industry), petroleum and fuel derived from   petroleum. Recently his efforts have also been directed towards the development and application of a NIR emission spectrometer based on an acousto-optic tunable filter.

The opportunity to become a correspondent for the ICNIRS website in South America is welcomed in view of the work yet to be done in this region of the globe. The first step is to ensure that people interested in NIR spectroscopy from academia and industry work together to disseminate information about NIR technology, starting from undergraduate courses in Chemistry.

Academia in the region has only made a modest contribution to this important field of research while most of the information on NIR spectroscopy is passed to people in the industries by instrument vendors. Sometimes, the prevalence of a commercial   point of view has inhibited the spread of NIR use in industry and agriculture in Brazil. On the other hand, the lack of information in the subject of NIR technology for our undergraduate students (future employees) closes a dangerous circle, which, in my point of view, inhibits the development of NIR spectroscopy in our country.

I hope the work as an ICNIRS correspondent in South America can help us to enhance our contribution to the global community dedicated to NIR spectroscopy, increasing the number of contacts with foreign researchers and sharing NIR developments that have been occuring in America below the Equator.

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North - European correspondent

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Vincent Baeten

Dr Vincent Baeten is head of the Food and Feed Quality Unitof the Valorisation of Agricultural Products Departmentat the Walloon Agricultural Research Centre(CRA-W, Gembloux - Belgium). The Food and Feed Quality Unit is involved in the development of methods based on spectroscopy (NIR, NIR imaging, MIR, Raman), optical microscopy and chemometry.  Dr Vincent Baeten got his Engineering degree in Agronomy (1993) and PhD (1998) in Agricultural Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain. He has more than 15 years of experience on European projects dealing with the development of spectroscopic methods. In the last 10 years he has participated in several projects dealing with quality and safety of food and feed including aspects of traceability and authentication ( STRATFEED, TYPIC, MEDEO, CO-EXTRA, TRACE, SAFEED-PAP, CONffIDENCE). He was also the coordinator of the European SAFEED-PAPproject (2006-2010) to develop analytical methods for the species detection of processed animal proteins. Since July 2006, he has directed the European Reference Laboratory for Animal proteins in feedingstuffs ( EURL-AP). 

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Brazilean correspondent

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Fernanda Pimentel

Maria Fernanda Pimentel is an Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), research of the Fuel Laboratory (LAC) at the university (http://www.ufpe.br/lac), where about 80 people work including professors, researchers, technicians and students. Besides this, she has coordinated and is a team member of several national and international research projects. She received a BS in Chemical Engineering (1986), a MS in Chemistry (1992) and a PhD in Chemistry (1996) from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil. She started to work with near infrared spectroscopy in 2002. In this field, her research interests are mainly: chemometrics, PAT, and development of analytical methods for fuel, forensic and pharmaceutical applications.

E Recife, Brazil. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, for example: Chemometrics, Analytical Chemistry and Statistical Process Control. She is the Coordinator of development and research of the Fuel Laboratory (LAC) at the university (http://www.ufpe.br/lac), where about 80 people work including professors, researchers, technicians and students. Besides this, she has coordinated and is a team member of several national and international research projects. She received a BS in Chemical Engineering (1986), a MS in Chemistry (1992) and a PhD in Chemistry (1996) from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil. She started to work with near infrared spectroscopy in 2002. In this field, her research interests are mainly: chemometrics, PAT, and development of analytical methods for fuel, forensic and pharmaceutical applications.

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North American correspondent

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Dr. Miryeong Sohn

Dr. Miryeong Sohn is the North American Correspondent. She has been worked on the development and implementation of NIR calibrations for quality assessment of foods and agricultural commodities in United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service in Athens, Georgia, US until 2010. Recently, she joined in Horiba Jobin Yvon in Edison, New Jersey and is working on the development of a rapid spectroscopic method for food safety testing.

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Australia & New-Zealand correspondent

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Daniel Cozzolino

Dr Daniel Cozzolino is currently a Research Fellow with the Barley Research Laboratory with The University of Adelaide, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine.

Daniel graduated from the Universidad de la Republica (Montevideo, Uruguay) as an Agricultural Engineer in 1989 and obtained his PhD from the University of Aberdeen (Aberdeen, Scotland) in 1998.

His research career has started in 1993 with the development of NIR applications for a wide range of agricultural products at the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INIA-Uruguay, "La Estanzuela" Experimental Research Station) before joined the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) based in Adelaide (South Australia) in 2002.  Between 2002 and 2011, he was the Senior Research Scientist and acting Team Leader of the Rapid Analytical Methods team at the AWRI.  His principal role was investigating a wide range of applications using rapid analytical methods (Visible, NIR, MIR, UV, electronic noses) and chemometrics in the grape and wine industry, in collaboration with several academic and industry partners.

He has published more than 130 papers in refereed journals and 15 book chapters on the application of spectroscopy and chemometrics to a diverse range of agricultural products and commodities. He filed 1 patent on the non-destructive analysis of wine (in bottle analysis), currently commercialized by an Australian base company ( http://www.jeffress.com.au).

In 2009 he became an Associate Research Scientist within the National Academy of Innovation and Science - Uruguay ( www.anii.org.uy). He is also an Honorary Member of the Editorial Board of six International Journals (International Journal of Wine Research; CyTA - Journal of Food; Food Research International; The Open Spectroscopy Journal; The Journal of Omics; International Journal of Agricultural and Food Research). He has given several International and local presentations on the use of NIR and chemometrics to a wide audience (students, farmers, scientists).  Daniel has supervised and co-supervised 3 Honors Thesis, 1 Master, 5 PhD Thesis and 3 Post Doc Thesis.  He was member of the organizing committee of the Australian Near Infrared Group (ANISG) Conference held in Adelaide in April 2010.

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Date online : 29 February 2016

 

 

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