Joint CSW/WCDG Dinner Meeting – 10/11

Join us on Thursday, October 11th, for the Joint meeting of the Chemical Society of Washington (CSW) and Washington Chromatography Discussion Group (WCDG).

Melissa M. Phillips, Research Chemist
Chemical Sciences Division, Material Measurement Laboratory
National Institute of Standards & Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, will present a talk on “Application of Chromatography in the Development of Reference Materials for Foods and Dietary Supplements


Melissa M. Phillips has been a research chemist in the Chemical Sciences Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) since 2008.  She is involved in the certification efforts for food and dietary supplement Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) and is a coordinator of the Dietary Supplement Laboratory Quality Assurance Program (DSQAP), the Health Assessment Measurements Quality Assurance Program (HAMQAP), the Total Nutrients Quality Assurance Program (TNQAP), and the Food Reference Materials Program.  Her interests include development of new analytical methods for the determination of marker compounds, vitamins, and contaminants in foods and dietary supplements, and improving the measurement capabilities of the food and dietary supplement communities using reference materials and quality assurance programs.  Melissa obtained a B.S. in Chemistry, an M.S. in Forensic Chemistry, and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University.  Melissa is a member of the AOAC INTERNATIONAL Official Methods Board and is a fellow of AOAC INTERNATIONAL.


Since 1990, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has provided matrix-based food reference materials intended to support measurements for nutrition labelling.  These reference materials are used in method validation and quality control, which requires NIST to utilize higher order approaches for obtaining true results.  The characterization of these reference materials was enabled through the development and use of novel separations of organic nutrients, such as fatty acids, water- and fat-soluble vitamins, and carotenoids.  NIST also has a long-standing collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements’ (ODS) Analytical Methods and Reference Materials (AMRM) Program.  NIST supports the goals of the AMRM program by characterizing matrix-based dietary supplement reference materials for use in quality control, which often relies on development of unique extraction and separation approaches for each class of marker compounds in numerous botanical matrices.  Most recently, NIST began expanding efforts in food safety beyond toxic metal measurements to include development of reference materials for arsenic speciation and mycotoxins and research into harmonization materials for protein food allergens and material authenticity.  Each of these new areas requires development of new extraction, separation, and detection approaches.  This presentation will highlight the use of separations to characterize various reference materials for dietary supplements, food nutrition, and food safety at NIST.

Meeting Logistics

Date:           Thursday, October 11, 2018

Time:          6:00 p.m. Check-in/Social Hour
6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Presentation

Location:   ACS Headquarters – Marvel Hall – 1155 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC

Menu:   Meal will be catered by Fresh Connections and will feature Cuban-style grilled chicken (chicken grilled in adobo sauce), served with basmati rice, tossed salad, and artisan bread.  Vegetarian (Vegan) Option: veggie stir fry (marinated tofu, quickly stir-fried with hoisin sauce and special seasonings), served with jasmine rice.  Dessert:  cream cheese and sugar-topped cupcakes.  Assorted beverages will be provided.

Cost:   This program is co-sponsored by CSW and WCDG. There is no charge to attendees for the meal.

RSVP by noon on Tuesday, October 9, to [email protected] (preferred) or by phone (messages only: 202.659.2650). Please provide the names in your party when you RSVP, and if you wish to have the meat or vegetarian option. The public is invited to attend. You may attend the talk only, but reservations are appreciated. If you need any further information or would like to make a reservation, please contact the CSW office by email at [email protected] or by voicemail at 202.659.2650.

Parking:  Parking is available in nearby commercial parking garages. Please be aware that garage closing times vary. Parking is also available on the street after 6:30 pm, but be aware that most parking meters are in effect until 10:00 pm and may be limited to 2 hours. You should check the individual meters for details and payment methods as some are no longer coin-operated.

Metro:   Blue/Orange/Silver Line (McPherson Square or Farragut West) or Red Line (Farragut North)