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Chemometrics in industry: a 360˚ view

Onno de Noord


This will be a ‘past, present and future’ talk, based on my 30 years experience with chemometrics in industry. During that period I have covered all areas from basic research to auditing field applications, mainly within the context of process analytical chemistry and process chemometrics. One of the themes to be discussed is the gap that exists between (academic) proof of principle and a reliable working application in the field. Concepts such a sampling, chance effects, validation, model robustnes and quality assurance will be underlying themes during my presentation. Also, the selection of an appropriate chemometric approach that fits the data structure, as well as the questions on the table, will be discussed. A reflection on unsolved issues and current trends will be presented as well from an industrial perspective. A wealth of real world examples will be used for illustration.



Onno de Noord recently retired as Principal Research Scientist at Shell Global Solutions in Amsterdam, where he spent most of his professional career. He studied Pharmacy at the University of Groningen, where he specialized in Analytical Chemistry and Chemometrics. At his university he held a teaching job in Instrumental Analysis, and he graduated from the Chemometrics Research Group in 1984 on Multivariate Data Analysis for Quantitative Structure Pharmacokinetics Relationships. From 1985-1988 he headed the laboratory division at Pharma-Bio Research International, before joining the Shell Research Laboratory in Amsterdam as research chemometrician. In Shell he worked in several research areas, mainly related to Process Analytical Chemistry and Process Chemometrics. Long collaborations existed with the Free University of Brussels (Prof. D.L. Massart) and the University of Amsterdam (Prof. A.K. Smilde), while more recently collaborations were started with the Technical University of Valencia (Prof. A.J. Ferrer) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Dr. H. Martens). He has been chairman of the Dutch Chemometrics Society, chaired the second ICRM and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Chemometrics. He (co-)authored more than 45 papers in peer reviewed journals, as well as many internal Shell reports, and he lectured at several universities, conferences and symposia.

At present Onno de Noord is consultant for advanced data analysis, among other things in the “Partners in Science” projects Shell Netherlands has with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague.