Dear Reader !

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

The upcoming spring is full of speciation events. PittCon is certainly one of the greatest. EVISA will be present at this world show on analytical chemistry with a booth ! Please do not hesitate to stop by. 

For spanish speaking analysts, EVISA has two training courses to offer: One devoted to arsenic speciation and another one devoted to modern sample preparation for speciation analysis. For more details see our section on training courses.

A hot topic certainly is mercury pollution (see our News section). No wonder that EVISA therefore is organizing a two-days workshop on mercury speciation analysis with international experts. There is only a few days left for registration ! 

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.

Study shows link between clear lakes and methylmercury contamination in fish
A team of UW-Madison aquatic chemists and limnologists has discovered a missing link between the amounts of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in bodies of fresh water and increased levels of highly toxic methylmercury in fish.

Preservation of arsenic speciation in natural water samples for up to three months
Preservation of water samples for speciation analysis is a tricky issue. While adding oxidizing acids such as nitric acid is a common approach for stabilizing samples for trace element determination, such approach is not feasible for speciation analysis, where the redox-conditions should not be changed in order to avoid any species transformation. The research group at the UFZ headed by R. Wennrich now found a solution to stabilize water sanples for up to three months.

Study show high levels of mercury in women related to fish consumption
One in every five women of childbearing age who chose to have their hair tested for mercury showed levels of the toxic metal above the federal government's acceptable limit of 1 µg/g, according to a study released February 8th by two environmental groups.

A new concentric nebulizer for ICP sample introduction at nL-sample flow rates
A new pneumatic nebulizer designed by the Group of Bio-Inorganic Chemistry at Pau (EVISA member) under the leadership of Dirk Schaumlöffel allows for the first time the direct coupling between nanoHPLC and ICP-MS. While the nebulizer works within a tiny spraychamber of only 3 ml, the sample arriving at optimum flow rate of 0.2-0.5 µL/min will be transferred quantitatively into useful aerosol, providing high sensitivity and excellent precision.

Thermo Sponsors Postdoctoral Position for Speciation Analysis
WINSFORD, England, January 18, 2006 –Thermo Electron Corporation strengthens its market leading position in speciation applications with the sponsorship of a postdoctoral scientist, Dr. Shona McSheehy.


It is our pleasure to announce our second workshop dedicated to speciation analysis. After the success of our first workshop on chromium (VI) issues in industry, our second workshop is devoted to :

Mercury speciation analysis - The basis for sound risk assessment, and optimized remediation strategies for contaminated soils, sediments and sludge

Well renowned experts as well as experienced practitioners will report during this 2-day workshop on the solutions provided by mercury speciation analysis to characterize and solve mercury issues.

It is the major objective of the workshop to highlight the value of the enhanced information provided by speciation analysis and to demonstrate how this information can be used to tackle mercury related problems. Primary target groups are industries, laboratories, consultants, decision makers and other stakeholders interested in speciation analysis and the biogeochemistry of mercury.

EVISA Workshop on Mercury Speciation analysis

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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Please do not hesitate to inform us in case that your conference is missing in our Agenda. 

Graduate Course on Speciation and Bioavailability
Location: Wageningen / The Netherlands
Date: 27.02.2006 - 03.03.2006

Bioavailability 2006
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Date: 07.03.2006 - 10.03.2006

PittCon 2006
Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA
Date: 12.03.2006 - 17.03.2006

First Maga Circe conference on metabolic systems analysis
Location: Monte Circeo, Italy
Date: 26.03.2006 - 29.03.2005

EVISA Workshop on: Mercury speciation analysis - The basis for sound risk assessment, and optimized remediation strategies for contaminated soils, sediments and sludge
Location: Scandic Plaza Hotel, Umeå, Sweden
Date: 27.03.2006 - 28.03.2006

Forum Labo & Forum Biotech 2006
Location: CNIT Convention Centre, Paris, France
Date: 28.03.2006 - 31.03.2005


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. 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 that also provides more specific information and details for registration.
Since the number of places in these courses is rather limited, early registration is recommended !

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

EVISA Workshop on Arsenic speciation
Location: Madrid, Spain
Date: 06.03.2006 - 07.03.2006

Speeding up Sample Preparation in Speciation Analysis
Location: Madrid, Spain
Date: 21.03.2006 - 22.03.2006


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. Many laboratories and research facilities have already found their highly educated stuff through this service by EVISA. If you would like to post an open position here, please contact us at info@speciation.net !


Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany: Trace analysis of elemental species - Development of methods and applications
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the State Rheinland-Pfalz, the International Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) „Trace analysis of elemental species: Development of methods and applications“ offers 11 PhD-Grants from October 1, 2005

UFZ Halle-Leipzig: - Analytical Chemistry
The Department of Analytical Chemistry cooperates in the field of “chemo dynamics“ and invites applications for a Doctoral Fellow in the field of Miniaturized Techniques in Environmental Analytical Chemistry. Analysis and assessment of anthropogenic impact to environmental relevant compartments are performed by the application of different techniques of analytical chemistry. The introduction of microsampling methods allows the distribution and local analysis of trace elements, metalloids and their species in samples of environmental interest.

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG)
A four year PhD position in Fe isotope geochemistry in aquatic systems is offered at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). The project is joined with the isotope geochemistry group in ETHZ (Switzerland). The position is available immediately.



Frontier Geosciences: Elemental Speciation Specialist
Frontier GeoSciences, Inc., seeks an ICP-MS post-doctoral candidate for advanced and novel analytical method development. Primary responsibilities will be for developing hyphenated ICP-MS analysis techniques including customized application and method development for special projects.

UFZ Leipzig-Halle: Analytical Chemistry
The department invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of Analysis of Solid Samples in Environmental Analytical Chemistry. Analysis and assessment of anthropogenic impact to environmental relevant compartments are performed by the application of different techniques of inorganic analytical chemistry. The employment of different analytical techniques allows the determination of trace elements (isotopes), metalloids and their species in solid samples of environmental interest.


Frontier Geosciences: Senior Scientist/Principal Investigator
Frontier GeoSciences, Inc., (FGS) is expanding its applied research program on trace element chemistry in the environment. Recognized internationally as a leader in the analytical chemistry of mercury in natural waters since its inception in 1992 and with one of the leading research programs in the atmospheric chemistry of mercury, FGS is looking to hire two senior or principal scientists with nationally recognized research programs to complement and take advantage of FGS’s core strengths.

Research Laboratory Coordinator II
The Inco Innovation Centre at Memorial University (www.mun.ca) located in St John’s Newfoundland has opened a contractual position for a Research Laboratory Coordinator II.

ICP-MS Technician or Research Associate/ University of Utah.
A technical specialist position involving the management and operation of our Agilent 7500-CE ICP-MS is available in the UU Center for Water Ecosystems & Climate Sciences (CWECS). Responsibilities include instrument operation and maintenance as well as participation in research activities.



EVISA's directory of scientist is a versatile tool to facilitate contact with scientists in the field of speciation and related sciences. 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).

More than 225 active scientists in the field of speciation analysis already joined the directory. Join this great directory that is extensively linked to all tye of other information on this site, such as homepages, conferences and literature.

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


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