Dear Reader !

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

Last week the conference "Mercury as the global pollutant" concluded with a ratification of a conference declaration.  Endorsed by all 37 scientists who crafted the declaration, the document states that mercury pollution is a global threat to humans, fish and wildlife -- and a problem that could be reduced by decreasing mercury use and emissions (see the News section).

Mercury is a frequent topic in the EVISA News section, but this month we have two elements in the headlines occuring much less frequently: Platinum and Antimony.

The month continues with interesting events having at least sessions or contributions related to speciation analysis. As mentioned earlier, EVISA will take part in the National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC 2006) the only event in the US co-organized by US EPA. This year NEMC  will have speciation sessions over 1.5 days.

Hope to meet you there !


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.

With all the links to further information and publications the News archive is a valuable collection of "hot topics" in speciation analysis. We continuously update even "old" news with new links.

Mercury pollution threatens health worldwide, scientists say
The Eighth International Conference on "Mercury as a Global Pollutant", held last week at Monona Terrace, concluded Friday, Aug. 11 with the ratification of a Conference Declaration.

Toxic antimony species found in beverages stored in PET containers
By using HPLC-ICP-MS and ESI-MS researchers from the University of Crete studied the speciation of antimony in beverages stored in PET and other container materials.

EVISA member Eurofins achieves growth in sales of almost 50%
Brussels/ Nantes, August 3, 2006 Over the period from January 1 until June 30, 2006, Eurofins achieved sales of € 150.9 million, which corresponds to a growth of 49% compared with HY1/ 2005 (€ 101.0 million). Therewith, Eurofins is well in line with its objective to reach a turnover of € 300 million for the full year 2006.

Bioavailable and toxic platinum species present in silicone breast implants ?
Recently, Ernest Lykissa and S.V.M. Maharaj reported that women exposed to silicone breast implants have significantly enhanced levels of platinum in their body fluids and tissues (urine, hair, nails, and breast milk). In their paper, published in the May issue of Analytical Chemistry they reported that the platinum probably originates from silicone implants that contain the platinum in an oxidized, highly reactive form. Such finding being in contradiction to reports by the implant manufacturers who had reported that platinum is present in the inert, zero-valence form, generated news coverage and letters to the Editor questioning the results.

Columbia University Receives $16.9 Million Award from NIEHS to Study Origin and Health Effects of Arsenic in Ground Water
Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Center for International Earth Science Information Network announced that they have been awarded a five-year, $16.9 million grant renewal from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP). The grant will fund ongoing investigations into the health effects and geochemistry of arsenic and manganese exposure, particularly in groundwater of New England and South Asia.

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 related to speciation analysis is missing in our Agenda.

ISC06 26th International Symposium on Chromatography
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Date: 21.08.2006 - 25.08.2006

16th Annual Goldschmidt Conference
Location: Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, Melbourne , Australia
Date: 27.08.2006 - 01.09.2006

1st European Chemistry Congress
Location: Budapest/Hungary
Date: 27.08.2006 - 31.08.2006

17th International Mass Spectrometry Conference
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Date: 27.08.2006 - 01.09.2006

NEMC 2006: The 22nd Annual National Environmental Monitoring Conference
Location: Arlington, Virginia
Date: 28.08.2006 - 31.08.2006

10th International Conference on Flow Analysis
Location: Porto - Portugal
Date: 03.09.2006 - 08.09.2006

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 !


Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcaste University, UK
The Therapeutic Significance of a Newly Discovered Major Class of DNA Adducts Formed in Cells by the Anti-cancer Drug Cisplatin
Supervisor: Dr. Michael J. Tilby, Northern Institute for Cancer Research (NICR).
Sponsor: Cancer Research UK
Project start date: 1 October 2006


Post-doctoral fellow (m/f) for the X-Ray Microscopy beamline ID21, ESRF, Grenoble
ID21 is an undulator beamline devoted to high resolution micro-analysis and micro-imaging which serves two complementary independent end-stations. A scanning X-ray Microscope is optimized for X-ray fluorescence and transmission micro-spectroscopies/imaging in the 2-8 keV range. A synchrotron based infrared microscope is dedicated to FTIR microscopy and spectroscopy. Areas of interest involve the study of elemental distributions, chemical speciation, morphology and crystallinity of biological, mineralogical or Materials Science samples with micron and sub-micron lateral resolution.

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.


Staff Scientist (Laboratory Manager) @ Harvard University
Requisition Number: 26885
School / Unit: Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department: Earth and Planetary Sciences
Location: Cambridge
Type: Full-Time

Diego State University: Technician
The Department of Geological Sciences at San Diego State University is hiring a mass spectrometry and clean laboratory technician to support our research in Isotope Geochemistry.

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.

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.


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.


EVISA'S discussion forum provides an open room to talk, to reach others with similar interests, and to find answers to your burning questions. goto forum


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