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

EVISA has started a new series of information pages on techniques for speciation analysis. The first pages established are devoted to ICP-MS  and its coupled techniques HPLC-ICP-MS and CE-ICP-MS. We will continue this series with GC-ICP-MS and FI-ICP-MS. Other techniques such as AFS etc. will follow. These pages are meant to summarize the state-of-the-art, provide access to the latest literature and link to resources related to the technique.  We hope that these pages will  be useful not only for the  beginners but  will provide information also for the more advanced users.

There are only two weeks left in this month which is traditionlly a holiday month with reduced activities with respect to international meetings before the conference season re-starts in August.

A good opportunity to get information about speciation analysis will be the workshop
TraceSpec 2007, the only event focused on speciation analysis during this year.  Organized by EVISA, the University of Münster and IAEAC, this event  to be held September 4 -7, 2007 in Münster unifies the experts in the field of speciation analysis, researchers from different fields using speciation analysis and legislators and other interested participants.  An attractive program consisting of plenary lectures, contributed presentations, posters and an exhibition will provide an overview about the state-of-the-art. A short-course given by one of experts in speciation analysis is meant to provide a brief overview (registration is free for TraceSpec participants but requires explicit reservation). You should not miss this important event !

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 at info@speciation.net or via our contact form available from our homepage.

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.

CE-ICP-MS for speciation analysis
The complexity of many environmental and biological matrices and the need to discriminate among analytes that have very close physicochemical properties prompted the development of high-resolution separation techniques prior to sensitive element- or molecule-specific detection. One of these techniques based on the separation in an electric field is capillary electrophoresis (CE).

LC-ICP-MS: The most often used hyphenated system for speciation analysis
Coupling of Liquid Chromatography with ICP-MS is straightforward. Nebulizers are available that can accept the effluent from standard, µ-HPLC and even nano-HPLC. With all the different possiblities of ion exchange, reverse-phase, affinity, size-exclusion, ion-pairing and any other of the numerous techniques, liquid chromatography offers a very rich tool-box for separation that can be used to separate many of the species of interest.

ICP-MS: A versatile detection system for speciation analysis
Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is a very sensitive, element selective detection system, which hyphenated with a separation module such as HPLC, GC or CE becomes a very versatile tool for speciation analysis.

With a list of about 50 current 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.

9th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements (ICOBTE)
Location: Beijing, China
Date: 15.07.2007 - 19.07.2007

Location: Bakgatla, Pilansberg Reserve, South Africa
Date: 22.07.2007 - 26.07.2007

17th Annual Goldschmidt Conference
Location: University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Date: 19.08.2007 - 24.08.2007

NEMC 2007: 23rd Annual National Environmental Monitoring Conference
Location: Hyatt Regency, Cambridge, MA
Date: 20.08.2007 - 24.08.2007

TraceSpec 2007
Location: Münster, Germany
Date: 04.09.2007 - 07.09.2007

EuroAnalysis XIV
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Date: 09.09.2007 - 14.09.2007

SMAP 2007: Annual joint meeting of the French Societies for Mass Spectrometry, Electrophoresis and Proteomics.
Location: Pau, France
Date: 17.09.2007 - 20.09.2007

4th Black Sea Basin Conference on Analytical Chemistry (BBCAC)
Location: Sunny Beach, BULGARIA
Date: 19.09.2007 - 23.09.2007

The next short courses related to speciation analysis will be given during the TraceSpec 2007 workshop to be held September 4-7 in Münster Germany. Please consult the homepage of TraceSpec 2007 for more details.


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 !


National Oceanograpy Centre, Southampton: Iron biogeochemistry and ocean acidification


Marie Curie Research Training Network on Geogenic Chemicals in Groundwaters and Soils
AquaTRAIN is inviting applications for 12 early stage researcher posts (all of which may lead to the award of a PhD or European PhD) and for 3 experienced researcher (post-doctoral research assistant) posts.

The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK: Speciation of U and Th in groundwater
The Department of Earth Sciences at The Open University (Milton Keynes, UK) has an open position for a PHD student in the project "Speciation of U and Th in groundwater: challenging ‘established wisdom’ in U-series dating of authigenic minerals".

GSF: Manganese Speciation and Neurotoxicity
The group of Dr. Bernhard Michalke "Elements and Element Species" of the Institute of Ecological Chemistry (IÖC) is looking for a PhD Student (d.20/06) for their research project Manganese Speciation and Neurotoxicity.


University of Ghent, Belgium: Isotopic Analysis
The 'Atomic and Mass Spectrometry' research group of the 'Department of Analytical Chemistry' of Ghent University (Belgium) has a position for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow (contract for three years, renewable once). The successful candidate holds a PhD in Chemistry, Geology or Physics and has experience in isotopic analysis via multi-collector ICP-MS and/or thermal ionisation MS. His or her expertise can be documented via peer-reviewed articles in the international literature and abstracts of conference presentations.

University of Bergen: Position in isotope geochemistry
A new Centre for Geobiology has been established at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science as a partnership between the departments of Earth Science and Biology.

The Centre for Geobiology invites applications for a postdoc/researcher in the ICP-MS lab at the Department of Earth Science to participate in projects related to the research activities of the Centre.


Clemson University: Analytical Methods Development
A postdoctoral position is being filled through the Department of Chemistry and the Institute for Nutraceutical Research. This Postdoctoral Fellowship is funded by Gaia Herbs for the purpose of developing analytical methodologies to advance the science of heavy metals (and metals in general) as they apply to herbal dietary supplements.

National University of Singapore: Inorganic Mass Spectrometrist
The Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biochemistry at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is seeking for an Inorganic Mass Spectrometrist (TIMS OR MC-ICP-MS) to assist in the set-up of the new facilities for stable isotope research and inorganic mass spectrometry at NUS. Research will focus on the development and application of stable isotope tracer techniques to study absorption and utilization of essential elements in humans.

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.

Marie Curie Research Training Network on Geogenic Chemicals in Groundwaters and Soils
AquaTRAIN is inviting applications for 12 early stage researcher posts (all of which may lead to the award of a PhD or European PhD) and for 3 experienced researcher (post-doctoral research assistant) posts.

Trent University: Selenium speciation in flue gas scrubber waters
The Metalloid Speciation & Geochemistry research group at Trent University is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to study selenium speciation in flue gas scrubber waters at coal-fired power plants. Through funding from industrial stakeholders, we will identify and quantify major Se species in these process waters, using state-of-the-art analytical speciation methods in combination with geochemical and synthetic laboratory experiments.

Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science, Wageningen University NL, Postdoc position in ECODIS
We are looking for a candidate with (i) an internationally acknowledged PhD in environmental analytical/physical chemistry, (ii) experience with dynamic speciation methodology, and (iii) knowledge of bioaccumulation processes.


Actlabs, Ancaster, Canada: Analytical supervisor and laboratory technicians
Activation Laboratories Ltd (Actlabs) has a number of openings in its ICP/MS and ICP/OES departments. Actlabs positions are in its Ancaster, Ontario, Canada laboratory (suburb of Hamilton and 80 km west of Toronto).

UC Davis Interdisciplinary Center for Plasma Mass Spectrometry: Full-time support of an MC-ICP-MS instrument
The UC Davis Interdisciplinary Center for Plasma Mass Spectrometry announces an immediate opening for a full-time technical position in support of the Multicollector Inductively-Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (MC-ICPMS).


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 250 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


EVISA provides an easy access to external information. Our database contains more than 1300 links to relevant information from numerous top scientific resources spread over the whole Web. The database is searchable both via full-text and categories such as elements, type of species and type of information. We are permanently updating our links section.

If your web site is missing here, please e-mail your link information to info@speciation.net.


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