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News 2018

HPTLC 2018 in Bangkok

With the aspirations of involving more researchers from Asia and expanding the HPTLC network, the 24th international symposium HPTLC Asia 2018 was organized in Bangkok, Thailand (27.-30.11.2018). The year 2018 was very significant since it was for the first time in Asia and the year of the 70th anniversary of planar chromatography!

Opening by Prof. Dr. Wanchai DeEknamkul

Award ceremony: Dr. Yam, Malaysia (Xie Pheisan Award for the Young Researcher) as well as Poster Prize Awardees Yugandhara Patil, India, Laksana Charoenchai, Thailand and Alan Bergmann, Switzerland (in between Prof. Dr. Morlock and Mr. Bernard-Savary)

Dr. Sayeed Ahmad, Jamia Hamdard University, Delhi, India

Students' view on our faculty

A 5 min video made by students reflects on what they think is special at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, and Environmental Management. Our Food Science Laboratory is seen for 6 seconds (3:35-3:38 and 3:59-4:02). Hurraih!

Award for research in hyphenated HPTLC

Dr. Imanuel Yüce was nominated for the Merck Life Science Food & Beverage Safety Award. In the worldwide competition, the best 4 candidates were invited to hold a lecture at the Innovation Center in Darmstadt on 23.10.2018 (I. Yüce, G. Morlock: Development of in situ and in silico structure elucidation tools in planar chromatography).

Faculty prize 

The prize of the Faculty 09, donated by the Förderkreis Agrarwissenschaften, Ökotrophologie und Umweltmanagement Gießen e.V., for an excellent doctorial thesis was granted to Dr. Dimitri Fichou by the Dean Prof. Dr. Eder und Prof. em. Dr. Leonhäuser, Förderkreis Board Member.

Prof. Dr. Kühl, Prof. em. Dr. Leonhäuser, Prof. Dr. Morlock (in place of Dr. Fichou, absent) and Dean Prof. Dr. Eder (Foto: Friese)

Excellent lecture on writing scientific papers

Prof. em. Dr. Rob Verpoorte, Leiden University, The Netherlands, reported on how to write a world-class scientific paper. In his function as editor of scientific journals, he dealt with ca. 40000 manuscripts and has a broad experience in the outline of papers. Being first of all a profound scientist, then a distinguished editor, but also a charming dedicated teacher… altogether, this made it so impressive and lasting in the effect. Thank you for being with us! About 70 attendees learned a lot and the discussion showed that there is need to do it better! Greatest thanks to Rob!


Hosting guest researchers

Each year too many requests for joining our group to learn hyphenated HPTLC... We try our best and in 2018, we hosted and still host several guest researchers. They brushed up their knowledge and worked on different samples that are of importance for the benefit of their home countries.

  • Dr. Angel Ernesto Bañuelos-Hernández (Depto de Ciencias de la Salud, UAM, Iztapalapa) from Mexico working on Plectranthus coleoides (P. galbatrus) extracts
  • Ehab Mahrane (Al-Azhar University, Cairo, and Philipps University of Marburg) from Egypt working on Primula boveana extracts
  • Vesna Vasić and Djurdja Krstić (Innovation Centre of the Faculty of Chemistry and Faculty of Chemistry, Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Belgrade) from Serbia working on food falsification (apricots, peaches, grapes, apples and pumkins to mention few). They made a very good job as food detectives. Looking foward to Dr. Petar Ristivojevic who will join next in the DAAD project on food adulteration.
  • Ibukun O. Ibadan Ayoola (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan) from Nigeria working on Musa acuminata leave extracts
  • Dr. Vandana T. Gawande (Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Sinhgad Institute of Pharmacy, Pune) from India working on Ficus religiosa leave extracts
  • Joyce Chepngeno (Department of Food Science and Technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi) from Kenia working on baobab leave extracts
  • Jeton Spahiu (Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary, University of Prishtina) from Kosovo working on ochratoxin A in coffee samples available on the market in Kosovo
  • N. G. Aruna Shanthagas Sumudu Chandana (Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, now student at JLU) from Sri Lanka working on cinnamom bark sample extracts from Sri Lanka

  • Hannelore Borck (Fachbereich OE, Hochschule Fulda) in cooperation with Abera Belay (Center for Food Science and Nutrition, Addis Ababa University) from Ethiopia working on Ethiopian honey samples

    Djurdja Krstić and Vesna Vasić     Ibukun Ayoola                       Dr. Vandana Gawande


Within a running project, there was a 4-day translation course in July. For inspiration after a heavy learning day, together in the Liebig museum in the evening, learning how Justus Liebig worked at that times... Professor em. Dr. Kröger made an impressive tour for scientists of seven nations, reviving the heritage of the ancient leader in chemistry. Thank you so much!

Student started his tomato business

Update: Two years later the tomato business is online:! Great to see the success with the organic production of delicious tomatoes and tasty products. Congratulations! A perfect snack and the products made of such tasty raw materials are outstanding. In the video you feel the hard work and passion...

A talk on fire

At the 8th World Convention on Stevia (WSO) in Berlin on June, 4th, the presentation given on "HPTLC analysis of steviol glycosides and (iso)steviol in Stevia products" coauthored by Julian Wald was awarded as the best presentation by the first price of the Father of Stevia Award 2018. Mr. James May is called the father of Stevia, as he brought the Stevia plant to USA almost 4 decades ago. This was a very hard business against immense obstacles and hurdlesAt the end of the convention, the son of the well-known father, Dr. Michael May, awarded this prize - a marvelous glass sculpture. Thanks to the Award Committee for this great honor!!

Moderating the Live Lab Food Analysis at Analytica

Analytica 2018 counted 35.800 visitors and 1.164 exhibitors from 49 countries. Again, the Live Lab Food Analysis was moderated on May, 12th. At each 1-hour interview round, ten selected manufacturers showed a food experiment with top instrumentation from sample preparation to high sophisticated methods. See also the last one in 2016...

Assembly instruction for Office Chromatography Lab

The assembly of the Office Chromatography Lab by PhD Student Dimitri Fichou is shown in a video, in supplement to a recent paper (Fichou, D., Morlock, G.E.: Office Chromatography: Miniaturized all-in-one open-source system for planar chromatography, Anal. Chem. 90, 2018, 12647–12654). Open-source developments are similar to radical chain reactions, exponential in progress and highly dynamic in its outcome. So it is in many aspects an interesting experiment worth to contribute!