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Victor Cerda, Speaker at Chemical Engineering Conferences
University of the Balearic Island, Spain
Title : Autoanalysis, a powerful software for laboratory automation


AutoAnalysis is a software which affords a high flexibility in automating analytical methods. Thus, with an appropriate choice of instrumental modules and the required dynamic link libraries (DLLs), AutoAnalysis allows the automatic or semi-automatic implementation of a host of flow techniques including FIA, SIA, MCFIA, MPFS, MSFIA, LOV, CE and HPLC. Although it was primarily conceived for flow techniques, AutoAnalysis also affords the automation of other laboratory processes such as maintaining the pH of a medium by addition of appropriate amounts of an acid or base (pHStat) or controlling bioreactors. In fact, this software provides a wide range of analytical solutions only limited by the user's instrumentation. One of the greatest advantages of AutoAnalysis is that it allows a variety of problems to be solved using a single software suite, thereby avoiding the need to learn and use a different program for each instrument, providing an open environment. Since AutoAnalysis has been developed for the Windows platform, it can be run simultaneously with other programs such as word processors, spread sheets or Internet browsers. AutoAnalysis accepts conditional variables and commands; in fact, it has its own programming language, which facilitates the development of intelligent routines. Thus, AutoAnalysis is capable of taking a decision by itself based on the analytical results gathered at a given point without intervention of the analyst. AutoAnalysis is a hardware-independent system for automating various analytical methods. System design is based on the division of the software into four layers, defining a communications interface among them. The definition of these layers allows the isolation of the highest, corresponding to the analytical application, from the lowest, the hardware, composed of the various parts of the block diagram.


Víctor Cerda, graduated and PhD in Chemistry by the University of Barcelona. Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry in 1982 at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB). Has conducted 41 Ph.D. Thesis, written 14 books, and collaborated with 14 chapters in other scientific books. Has published 620 papers and presented 847 contributions in national and international symposia. His main research lines are related with the development of new automatic methods in Analytical Chemistry and their application to environmental and pharmaceutical samples. Has been organized more than 15 international symposia. Has been Vice-President of the Spanish Society of Analytical Chemistry.