2004 / 12
Dear Reader !

Welcome to the first edition of the Speciation Newsletter provided by the European Virtual Institute for Speciation  Analysis (EVISA).

We are very glad to announce that the EVISA project has reached one of its most important milestones:

The establishment of the legal entity "EVISA" as a French Association has been declared on Friday, 17 December 2004 in Pau, France.

The Executive Board of the EVISA project warmly invites you to read its  Welcoming Address. 

This Newsletter is meant to inform you about the current trends in elemental speciation analysis with respect to research, techniques, methods, industrial applications, and rules and legislation.

Additional you will profit from most current information regarding events, training activities, and vacancies. Direct linkage to the EVISA web portal http://www.speciation.net connects you immedeately to our highly frequented services, like EVISA's directory of scientists, EVISA's agenda of events and EVISA's hot-link database.

We hope that our newsletter will attract your interest, and would be happy to receive your suggestions, comments or criticism.



EVISA is keeping you updated  with what is going on in speciation analysis. In this section you will find news about the most current research results, about trends, legal issues and informations from manufacturers in the field of speciation analysis.

Elemental speciation is going commercial
The EVISA project has reached one of its most important milestones: The establishment of the legal entity "EVISA" as a French Association has been declared on Friday, 17 December 2004 in Pau, France. Please read the Welcoming Address of the Executive Board of the EVISA project.

Is the methylmercury paradox real ?
Some researchers report that fish swimming in waters with very different levels of mercury contamination can often have similar methylmercury concentrations. Researchers from Rutgers University at New Brunswick believe to have some explanation for such paradox. They have found that the proportion of mercury present as methylmercury is inversely related to the total mercury concentration in natural water.

Chromium (III) - not only therapeutic ?
Australian researchers now have cast some doubts on the health benefits of Cr(III) supplementation. While it was previously thought that Cr(III) could not be oxidised to Cr(VI) in the body, Lay's team found evidence for such oxidation driven by strong oxidants such as H2O2 and CLO- that are produced naturally by cells, particularly those involved in the immune response.

Tetraethyllead in Gasoline - Soon a problem of the past ?
One issue that remains of particular concern is the continuing presence of lead in gasoline. Although according to IPIECA over 88 per cent of gasoline sold worldwide is lead free, leaded gasoline is still being sold in 74 countries. Not only is lead polluting the environment but its presence also harms vehicle catalytic converters and precludes the use of vehicles equipped with such technology to reduce other emissions.


EVISA is informing you about interesting events and keeps you updated with their deadlines. By consulting our list of deadlines you won't miss the deadlines for early registration at reduced fee or the chance to submit your contribution in time.


Third International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments
Location: Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans, Lousiana, USA
Date: 24.01.2005 - 27.01.2005

European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Date: 29.01.2005 - 02.02.2005

Sixth Keele Meeting on Aluminium: Aluminium - Lithosphere to Biosphere (and Back)
Location: Palace Hotel Bussaco, Bušaco, Portugal
Date: 26.02.2005 - 02.03.2005

Location: Orlando, Florida
Date: 27.02.2005 - 04.03.2005

Legal Limits on the road to food safety
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date: 03.03.2005 - 04.03.2005


EVISA is supporting the field with educational and training activities meant to improve in the medium- and long-term the knowledge and know-how of users. 
For learning about EVISA's current training activities please consult the following list of events.

Sample Preparation for Speciation Analysis
Location: Technical University Wienna / Austria
Date: 05.04.2005 - 05.04.2005

Arsenic speciation in foodstuffs and water in relation to legislative requirements
Location: The Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research, S°borg, Denmark
Date: 12.09.2005 - 13.09.2005

Speciation analysis applied to environmental issues
Location: Pau / France
Date: 12.09.2005 - 15.09.2005

Fundamentals of coupling techniques in speciation analysis
Location: Pau, France
Date: 19.10.2005 - 20.10.2005

Organic mass spectrometry in speciation analysis
Location: Pau / France
Date: 21.10.2005 - 21.10.2005

Selenium speciation in foods and food supplements
Location: The Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research, S°borg, Denmark
Date: 14.11.2005 - 15.11.2005

Speciation analysis and food security
Location: Pau, France
Date: 24.11.2005 - 25.11.2005

Accuracy and quality assurance in speciation analysis by isotope dilution mass spectrometry
Location: Pau, France
Date: 23.02.2006 - 24.02.2006


EVISA provides information about open positions for Ph.D. students, PostDocs and permanent staff in the field of speciation. Looking to fill a vacancy or needing a new career challenge? Either way this service is FREE. If you would like to post an open position here, please contact us at info@speciation.net !


Call for Marie Curie Fellowships at MiTAC
The XMBA research group is part of MiTAC, the Centre for Micro- and Trace Analysis. MiTAC is a multidisciplinary research institute with ca 70 scientists and 15 senior/staff researchers. MiTAC recently was recognised by the EU as a Host Institute for Marie Curie fellowships in the framework of the INCAS agreement: Innovative methods for chemical analysis of solids.

Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen,
The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark is currently interested in applications from talented post-graduate students who would like to qualify for a PhD study in the interface between analytical chemistry and plant biology using HPLC-ICP-MS and other techniques to study metal speciation in plants and in the rhizosphere.


University of Bergen, Norway
Three-year post-doctoral position in biogeochemistry at University of Bergen. The Department of Earth Science at the University of Bergen seeks a post-doctoral researcher to participate in the BIODEEP-project, funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The position will be associated with the Geomicrobiology Group, which has played a central role in the exploration of the deep biosphere of the ocean crust over the last ten years.

Isotope Geochemistry/Hg Biogeochemistry, University of Michigan
Research positions are available in the area of isotope geochemistry and/or Hg biogeochemistry at the Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Faculty level. The successful candidate(s) will conduct biogeochemical research utilizing the single and multi-collector ICP-MS and/or Hg analysis laboratories. Expertise in ICP-MS isotopic analysis, and/or Hg biogeochemistry is highly desirable.

Ghent University (Belgium)
The research group on 'Atomic and Mass Spectrometry' of Ghent University (Belgium) has a position for a postdoctoral fellow (contract for three years, renewable once). The successful candidate holds a PhD in Chemistry, Geology or Physics and has experience in isotopic analysis via multi-collector ICP-MS and/or thermal ionisation MS. His or her expertise can be documented via peer-reviewed articles in the international literature and abstracts of conference presentations.

The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark
PhD with HPLC and ICP-MS expertise wanted

CABE, University of Geneve, Switzerland
Positions for studying ENVIRONMENTAL SENSORS AND PROBES AND THEIR APPLICATIONS at the Department of Inorganic, Analytical and Applied Chemistry of the University.


University of Manitoba: UCTEL Technician (Level 5)
A Technician position is immediately available at the Ultra-Clean Trace Elements Laboratory (UCTEL) at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba. The successful candidate will be (i) managing and operating UCTEL which is equipped with Class 10-10,000 metal-free cleanrooms, a PerkinElmer Elan DRC II ICP-MS, a Waters HPLC, and a Tekran CVAFS mercury analyzer; (ii) assisting in undergraduate teaching labs related to environmental analysis; and (iii) assisting in the lab and field research programs.

USDA: Research Nutritionist (Biochemistry) at Grand Forks , ND
The position is located at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center , Grand Forks ,ND. The incumbent will participate in studies of selenium metabolism, including the chemical speciation and transport of food selenium compounds and stable isotopic tracers in animal models, human subjects and cell culture models.

Faculty Position in Analytical Geochemistry
The Department of Earth Sciences at Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Analytical Geochemistry at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The successful candidate will join a team of faculty and research staff developing multicollector-magnetic sector-ICPMS (with laser ablation capabilities), ion microprobe and scanning electron microscope instruments in the new Inco Innovation Centre at the St. John's campus.


EVISA's directory of scientist is a versatile tool to facilitate contact with scientists in the field of speciation. The directory is fully searchable for names, addresses, research topics etc. You should bookmark this directory as an always up-to-date address book.

If your entry is missing in this directory, please contact us at info@speciation.net.



EVISA provides an easy access to external information. Our database contains more than 600 links to relevant information from numerous top scientific resources spread over the whole Web. The database is searchable both via full-text and categories such as elements, type of species and type of information. We are permanently updating our links section. If your web site is missing here, please e-mail your link information to links@speciation.net.


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We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous Year 2005.

Your EVISA team

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