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

Last month the National Environmental monitoring Conference (NEMC), the only conference sponsored by USEPA finished with a two days session on speciation analysis. Is that already a sign that governmental rule makers have recognized speciation as an upcoming issue?

This month, arsenic and uranium are in the news. While arsenic is a topic of ongoing interest, we report for the first time about a radionuclide - a topic of increasing interest.

The month continues with interesting events having at least sessions or contributions related to speciation analysis. The up-coming 7th International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry in Beijing, China, the 7th ICEBAMO in Heraklion, Crete, Greece and the 4th International Franco-Spanish Workshop on Bio-inorganic Analytical Chemistry are those meetings with a real focus on speciation.

We hope that our Speciation Newsletter is of some interest for you.


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.

New Agilent HPLC column for routine determination of arsenic species in human urine by HPLC-ICP-MS
A new HPLC column has been developed by Agilent that allows for the routine determination of all five major arsenic species in human urine in a single HPLC run taking less than 12 minutes.

Toxic inorganic arsenic species found in Japanese seaweed food
A multidisciplinary team of japanese researchers, studying the speciation of arsenic compounds in the brown algae "Hijiki" and the metabolism of these by a human consumer, found alarming levels of inorganic arsenic that could have the potential to cause arsenic poisoning.

Depleted uranium gets mobilized by phosphate fertilizer
Scientist from the Research Center Rossendorf, Germany together with colleagues from the University of Reading, UK studied the behaviour of depleted uranium ammunition on agricultural soils. They found that metallic uranium gets oxidized on the surface to form an uranyl salt that is soluble and therefore sufficiently mobile to reach the groundwater or being taken up by plants and therefore entering the food chain.

Visualizing the bioaccumulation of arsenic in a fern
By using XAS imaging, researchers reveal the distribution of arsenic species in a hyperaccumulating fern in-vivo.

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.

FACSS 2006
Location: Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA
Date: 24.09.2006 - 28.09.2006

Interact 2006
Location: Perth, Australia
Date: 24.09.2006 - 28.09.2006

Metals in Biocatalysis: From Metalloenzymes to Bio-Inspired Systems
Location: Autrans (France)
Date: 24.09.2006 - 27.09.2006

7th International Symposium on Environmental Geochemistry
Location: Beijing, China
Date: 25.09.2006 - 30.09.2006

Location: Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Date: 10.10.2006 - 12.10.2006

4th International Franco-Spanish Workshop on Bio-inorganic Analytical Chemistry
Location: Pau, France
Date: 13.10.2006 - 15.10.2006

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


Trent University: Selenium speciation in sediments and its impact on mercury availability
The Metalloid Speciation & Geochemistry research group at Trent University is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to study selenium speciation in sediments, and the mechanisms of selenium interaction with mercury. Through funding from industrial stakeholders, we will investigate the mobility and fate of selenium deposited in sediments, and how the encountered selenium species might interact with simultaneously present mercury species, using state-of-the-art analytical speciation methods in combination with geochemical laboratory and field experiments.

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.


Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz:
The Faculty of Chemistry, Pharmacy and Geosciences of the University of Mainz has an opening for a Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry (W2), from 1st April, 2007 with a special focus in Elemental Speciation.

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.


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