2005 / 01
Dear Reader !

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

The European Winter Plasma Conference in Budapest at the beginning of this month was a very important meeting for all scientists working in the field of speciation analysis. Speciation analysis was clearly the most important topic during that meeting and EVISA has been recognized as the primary information source for this area. Once again many thanks for all those of you who stopped-by at our booth.

The upcoming Pittcon event will be another highlight in this direction (see the symposium: Speciation Analyses for Environmental, Food and Industrial Applications on Wednesday afternoon, March 2). Major instrument manufacturers have announced to support speciation analysis by new instruments, enhanced application kits and improved software. We will soon report about the new products.

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.

Thermo Electron opens new site for Advanced Mass Spectrometry Product Development and Manufacturing In Bremen, Germany
2/07/2005 Thermo Electron Corporation (NYSE:TMO) has recently moved the development and production facility for its Advanced Mass Spectrometry (MS) instruments into a new, purpose-designed building in Bremen, Germany.

New findings about Thimerosal Neurotoxicity
In a recent issue of Neurotoxicology (Vol. 26, January, 20005) researchers from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and from the National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson report about their findings with respect to the toxicity of Thimerosal within the body including neurons. They examine the neuro-toxic mechanisms, how the body detoxifies mercury, and the use of N-Acetylcysteine, in facilitating the detoxification pathway within the body.

UCSC oceanographer Kenneth Bruland honored
Kenneth Bruland, professor and chair of ocean sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has received two major honors this year: He was elected as a 2005 fellow of the American Geophysical Union and was chosen to receive the 2005 Clair C. Patterson Medal for Environmental Chemistry from the Geochemical Society.

The use of arsenic in "poultry industry"
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service recently reported alarmingly high levels of arsenic contamination in the flesh of broiler chickens [1]. After having reviewed about 5200 chicken samples from the US, these government researchers found that the mean concentration of arsenic in young chicken was 0.39 ppm, 3- to 4-fold higher than in other poultry and meat. Based on the fact that chicken is a meat source of growing importance, it is reasonable to assume that arsenic ingested through chicken consumption has a significant influence on the arsenic intake by humans.


With a list of about 50 entries 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 opportunity for early registration at reduced fee or the chance to submit your contribution in time.

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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

DGMS Workshop: New Developments in ICP-MS
Location: Rostock, Germany
Date: 06.03.2005 - 06.03.2005

Location: Freiberg, Germany
Date: 06.03.2005 - 10.03.2005

ANAKON '2005
Location: Regensburg, Germany
Date: 15.03.2005 - 18.03.2005

8th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements (ICOBTE)
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Date: 03.04.2005 - 07.04.2005

Spectr'Atom 2005
Location: Palais Beaumont, Pau, France
Date: 06.04.2005 - 08.04.2005


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. Well known scientists working in the field are giving the lectures as well as transferring the know-how during the hands-on part of the training courses.
For learning about EVISA's current training activities please consult the following list of events.

Sample Preparation for Speciation Analysis
Location: Technical University Vienna / 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

Speciation analysis applied to industrial issues: Waste management, Semi-conductors, Petroleum products, Car and electroplating industries, Cement industries, Mining industries
Location: Pau, France
Date: 05.12.2005 - 08.12.2005

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.


Stockholm University: Arctic Tectonics using U-Pb LA-ICP MS Geochronology
The Dept. of Geology & Geochemistry at Stockholm University, Sweden, seeks a qualified applicant for a two year postdoctoral position in circum-Arctic tectonic evolution using detrital zircon provenance investigations. A significant part of this position will be developing U-Pb LA-ICP MS geochronological techniques using a Finnigan Element I and a New Wave UP213 Nd-YAG laser. Therefore, LA-ICP experience would be beneficial.


USGS Mendenhall: Menlo Park, CA
Characterization of Microbial Communities Involved in Methylmercury Cycling at Historic Hg and Au Mining-Impacted Sites

The historic mercury (Hg) and gold (Au) mining operations in California produced a great deal of wealth, but also produced waste material (e.g., tailings, calcines, unprocessed ore, and waste rock) that still pose physical and chemical hazards. The greatest of these may well be the chemical hazard of Hg itself, but the toxicity, mobility, and bioavailability of Hg depend on its chemical form (i.e., species). Methylmercury (CH3Hg+) is the form most detrimental to the environment, because it is a potent neurotoxin that is readily bioaccumulated and biomagnified in aquatic food webs. Toxic effects are primarily manifested in the developing embryos of organisms at higher trophic levels, particularly those organisms for which fish constitutes a large portion of the diet.

ACTLABS has an immediate position available for someone who will qualify for an NSERC Postdoctoral INDUSTRIAL FELLOWSHIP (must be a recent PhD graduate or who will complete the degree by the date of tenure and is not employed in Canadian industry at the postdoctoral level). The tenure will be for 20 months with the possibility of permanent employment for the right candidate.

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.

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.


Frontier GeoSciences, Inc.: Quality Assurance Officer
Frontier GeoSciences, Inc. a progressive environmental research and specialty inorganic analytical lab in Seattle is searching for a Quality Assurance Officer. Frontier's areas of expertise include ultra-trace metals analysis and metal(loid) speciation (primarily for Hg, As, Se, Cr, and Sb). Candidates should be extremely knowledgeable about trace metals analysis and have several years' experience at an inorganic lab. Strongly positioned for growth in 2005, Frontier is looking for a proven, innovative leader to join our team.


University Graz: Assistant Professor
A position as Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry within the Institute of Chemistry at Karl-Franzens University Graz will be available from June 2005. The position is for 6 years.

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. (In order to hinder SPAM robots for collecting the E-mail accounts, we hide them in a special format).

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


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