The Armaments Corporation of South Africa (Armscor) will host 23 scientists from 13 African countries during the 13th annual Analytical Chemistry Course set to take place at Protechnik Laboratories from today, 29 May – 9 June 2023. This course is offered under the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPWC) to strengthen cooperation with Africa on the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Scientists will get an opportunity to learn how to conduct and verify samples, degradation of chemical warfare agents, instrument usage and software, method validation, analysis and basis maintenance of laboratory equipment.
“We are looking forward to use our state-of-the-art facilities to impart knowledge on scientists from across the African continent. This course will enable participants to gain sound knowledge of the principles, procedures and applications of gas chromatography techniques for the analysis of chemicals related to the Convention,” said Dr Noel Mkaza; Group Executive – Research and Development at Armscor.
Protechnik Laboratories, is a strategic facility within the Research and Development Department at Armscor. It is an applied chemistry or biochemistry facility with a primary focus on chemical and biological research. Biomedical studies are undertaken focusing on characterisation and identification techniques for biological warfare agents.