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

In our October issue we noticed that a new Regulation on the Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) will probably be installed in Europe before the end of the year. A new report about the neurotoxicity of certain chemicals that has been greatly overlooked and  may be responsible for a "silent pandemic" of brain development disorders affecting millions of children worldwide (see the News section) clearly shows the necessity of such regulation and improved risk assessment not only for Europe.

We hope that our Speciation Newsletter is of some interest for you. If you have comments, suggestions for new topics or criticism, please feel free to contact us.


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 former news with new links and information so that all news are actual all the time.

A silent pandemic: Industrial chemicals are impairing the brain development of children worldwide
Exposure to industrial chemicals may be responsible for a "silent pandemic" of brain development disorders affecting millions of children worldwide, according to a review study published by Philippe Grandjean from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston and co-author Philip Landrigan, M.D., of New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine Nov. 8, 2006, in the online edition of The Lancet. The authors recognized more than 200 industrial chemicals that have the capacity to damage the human brain, while their toxic effect on children have generally been overlooked.

Double spiking species-specific isotope dilution result calculations simplified
A Canadian/US group of researchers have found an algorithm greatly simplifying the otherwise cumbersome calculations involved in the double spike isotope dilution method.

A hard nut cracked: Brazil nuts’ selenium compounds identified
The research group headed by Ryszard Lobinski from the University of Pau and the Adour, France, used ICP-MS and nanoHPLC-electrospray Q/time-of-flight MS/MS to identify 15 new selenium peptides from Brazil nuts.

Speciation analysis by LC-ICP-MS finds new application area in clinical chemistry: Ceruloplasmin
A new method is described for the analysis of copper (Cu) containing ceruloplasmin (Cp) in human serum. The method uses immunoaffinity plus size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) to separate Cp from other proteins and from inorganic ions, with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) detection of 63Cu and 65Cu to identify the protein. An application note is available from Agilent.

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.

Second Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Date: 27.11.2006 - 03.12.2006

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: 23.01.2007 - 24.01.2007

2007 European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Taormina, Italy
Date: 18.02.2007 - 23.02.2007

PittCon 2007
Location: Chicago, USA
Date: 25.02.2007 - 02.03.2007

Location: Konstanz, Germany
Date: 18.03.2007 - 21.03.2007

Location: Jena, Germany
Date: 27.03.2007 - 30.03.2007

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 !



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.


Dartmouth Trace Element Analysis Laboratory: Research Technician
Dartmouth Trace Element Analysis Laboratory has a temporary (one year) full time research technician position to assist in their Hg speciation and trophic transfer studies.

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 230 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.

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