Dear Reader !

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

Last month was again busy for EVISA. We were present at the biggest show devoted to Analytical Chemistry in Europe,  the Analytica in Munich. This was a good time to meet people, companies and sponsors.  As you may have recognized by the presence of company logos on our website we are in the process of moving step-by-step from a EU funded project into a self-sustained business structure.

Being recognized as the primary information site related to speciation analysis EVISA is also the ideal market place to advertise new products or announce events related to speciation analysis. Already now EVISA's database of companies and their instruments and products is one of the largest existing database on analytical instruments (actual 1625 instruments  from 440 companies) and surely will be the largest when mostly completed.  We are working hard to bring in all actual but also older instruments . When ready and supported by the instrument manufacturers, this database will be linked with the upcoming literature database, empowering you to search for instruments and materials within publications. Some leading instrument manufacturers have already recognized the power of our approach and have signed a support contract (Agilent, Thermo, Gerstel). We hope that other manufacturers will follow to support EVISA empowering their customers and support forces with the unique features of our database system.


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.

Kelp manufacture contributed to arsenic pollution of remote Scottish islands
Given the high concentrations of arsenic in seaweeds, up to 100 mg/kg, researchers from the Plant and Soil Science at the University of Aberdeen investigated the possibility that the kelp industry contributed to the arsenic contamination of these pristine environments.

Texas Study Relates Autism to Environmental Mercury
The association between environmentally released mercury, special education and autism rates in Texas was investigated using data from the Texas Education Department and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Agilent Technologies Offers New Learning Materials for Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry
Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced the availability of a new 86-page Primer on Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) and a web-based video on ICP-MS featuring the Agilent 7500ce ICP-MS. Both items, which are freely accessible on the Agilent Web site, are valuable resources for anyone wanting to understand the principles and capabilities of ICP-MS for trace metals analysis.

CLICK, WATCH AND LISTEN TO Presentations given at the Isranalytica 2006 CONFERENCE
The organizers of the ISRANALYTICA 2006, which took place in Tel Aviv, Israel on January 200, are pleased to bring to your awareness that for the first time in Israel and as far as they know – also worldwide, a virtual tour in the exhibition and the lectures of ISRANALYTICA 2006 are broadcasted free of charge over the internet and are available to those who could not attend the Conference or would like to have a second chance.

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. 

Agilent e-Seminar: A Metallomics Approach for Analysis of Biological and Environmental Compounds via ICP-MS
Location: Internet
Date: 17.05.2006 - 17.05.2006

ISEAC 34: 34th Intern. Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Location: University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Date: 04.06.2006 - 08.06.2006

Third Nordic Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Loen, Norway
Date: 11.06.2006 - 14.06.2006

ESEAC 2006 : 11th International Conference on Electroanalysis
Location: Bordeaux, France
Date: 11.06.2006 - 15.06.2006

Location: Marriott Hotel, San Francisco, USA
Date: 17.06.2006 - 23.06.2006

EXRS 2006 European Conference on X-Ray Spectrometry
Location: Paris, France
Date: 19.06.2006 - 23.06.2006

As 2006: Natural Arsenic in Groundwaters of Latin America
Location: Mexico City
Date: 20.06.2006 - 24.06.2006

6th International Symposium on Speciation of Elements in Biological and Toxicological Sciences
Location: Bialowieza, Poland
Date: 21.06.2006 - 25.06.2006

In this moment we haven't scheduled new training courses. If you would like to see a special topic, please feel free to contact us. We also might be able to arrange training at your site !


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 (from Greenland to Crete) 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.



Trent University: Trace metal speciation and analytical method development
A position is available immediately for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada. Applicants should have an interest in trace metal speciation and analytical method development, with demonstrated experience with ICP-MS.

University of Crete: Marie Curie PostDoc
A Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellowship is available immediately with our Group at the University of Crete to conduct research into the development and application of advanced analytical chemistry techniques for characterizing novel metal species in biological and environmental samples (metal speciation analysis) and for investigating their interactions with biomolecules.

National Cheng kung University, Taiwan: Inorganic Isotopic Lab
A post-doctoral position is available in the Inorganic Isotopic Lab at
Department of Earth Sciences, National Cheng kung University, Taiwan. The candidates are expected to carry out geochemical and/or environmental projects.

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.


Armed Forces Institute of Pathology: Laboratory manager
The division of Biophysical Toxicology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology is seeking a Laboratory Manager to oversee and maintain the running of their trace metal analysis and vibrational spectroscopy laboratory.

University of Kansas: Laboratory Technician
The (U-Th)/He Laboratory in the Department of Geology at the University of Kansas invites applications for a laboratory manager or technician with experience in geochemistry or inorganic chemistry. The appointment will begin on June 1, 2006, with a later starting date possible.

Analytical Chemist
There is an open position in the analytical sciences laboratory at the General Electric Global Research Center located in Niskayuna, NY.

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.

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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