Karl Fischer Titrations, Method Development and Tips & Tricks to successful Titrations



Date: 15:00:00 - Sep 16 2020
Speakers: Bruce Herzig, Dr. Ilona Matus
Moderators: Tom Lynch CChem FRSC

This eLearning session will discuss the basics of Karl Fischer titration chemistry and the two types of titration, volumetric and coulometric. We will also discuss why one might be preferred over another and the reagents used for both volumetric and coulometric titrations. We will also cover method development and validation strategy. Finally we will provide some tips and tricks to help you be successful with your Karl Fischer titrations. 

Participants will learn:

  • An overview of the Karl Fischer titrations
  • Method development strategies
  • What are Smart Chemicals and how will they help lab productivity
  • Tips and tricks for successful KF titrations

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Bruce Herzig
Bruce Herzig (Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany)

Bruce is the Application Scientist for Karl Fischer titration within the Advanced Analytics team of MilliporeSigma, North America. With more than 15 years’ experience in Application development, product development, and QC at MilliporeSigma, he is very familiar with the different aspects of Karl Fischer Titration, and works closely with the Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany R&D application laboratories to support method development and expand application support for its customers. He heads up the North American Applications lab which directly supports MilliporeSigma customers interested in using these products. Prior to this, he was an Analytical Chemist and Research Chemist in the chemical industry.Bruce has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Ilona Matus
Dr. Ilona Matus (Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany)

Dr. Ilona Matus is currently in the Analytical Sciences expert group of Merck´s Life Sciences Business. She has over 20 years' experience with the products and techniques for instrumental and classical chemical analysis. She works closely together with the product managers, R&D and application labs for reference materials, for high purity reagents, for titration products and for different chromatography techniques. Prior to this, she had different global roles in sales and marketing of reagents and of diverse analytical products. Ilona had her MBA and PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry from the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary and has more than 10 years' experience from the R&D laboratory of Gedeon Richter Pharma Plc.


Tom Lynch CChem FRSC
Tom Lynch CChem FRSC (International Labmate Ltd)

Tom has 35 years of experience in the petroleum industry, specialising in the delivery of forensic and problem solving /method development capabilities for BP Fuels and Lubricants businesses globally. He was also a member of the BP Science Council representing Analytical Science and led a BP wide Analytical Science network.Tom has published over 30 citable papers, 4 book chapters and has given over 60 presentations at conferences. He is a past Vice President of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Analytical Division and a past Chairman of the RSC Separation Science Group. In addition, Tom is a recipient of the Silver Jubilee Medal by the Chromatographic Society and a technical achievement award by the Energy Institute.

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