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Graduate Course on Speciation and Bioavailability

A new edition of the postdoctoral course on Speciation and Bioavailability is scheduled for 27 February - 3 March 2006. PhD students and postdocs who are entering the field or want to deepen their knowledge of the subject are invited to apply for participation. Candidates from all over the world are welcome. The venue of the course is Wageningen / The Netherlands, a small town with an easy-going university atmosphere.

Date: 27.02.2006 - 03.03.2006
National/International: International
Language: English
Type: Workshop
Location: Wageningen / The Netherlands
Contact: For information and/or pre-registration, contact the course director, Prof. Herman P. van Leeuwen (herman.vanleeuwen@wur.nl).

The program will focus on the analytical and physical chemistry of metal ions in aqueous environments and bioavailabilities of complex species. Due attention will be given to the speciation and bioavailability of organic compounds. Modern analytical speciation techniques such as DGT, PLM, DMT, voltammetries, ligand exchange methods, SPME, radiotracer techniques, etc. will be discussed in methodological detail. The theoretical background of metal ion binding by simple ligands, macromolecular complexing agents and particles will be a key topic. Known equilibrium speciation codes will be tested in interactive exercises. Dynamic features of complex systems and their ensuing lability characteristics will be discussed on the basis of the reaction kinetics and molecular transport. The most common types of biomembrane transfer processes and the corresponding rate equations will be evaluated in terms of their underlying physicochemical principles, and illustrated by a couple of case studies on metal uptake by animals and plants.

The program is concluded by a session in which participants discuss their own research topics within the framework of subjects presented in the course. The various sessions are led by a small international team of specialists. As much as possible, the lectures will be of an interactive nature.

The course fee is € 250 for PhD students and € 400 for postdocs. Accommodation is available in the international WICC centre in Wageningen at a price level of around € 70 per night.

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