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Welcome to the March issue of EVISA's Speciation Newsletter.

Arsenic is one of the most interesting elements with respect to speciation. It's complex chemistry is the reason for a long list of species both of natural and industrial origin. Unfortunately, the interest in arsenic speciation is not only driven by scientific curiosity but because of serious pollution and numerous cases of poisoning. Even though legislation still focuses on total arsenic concentrations, the effect of arsenic is dependent on the physical and chemical properties, toxicity, mobility and biotransformation of arsenic species. The toxicity of arsenic, sometimes used as a synonym for poison, spans several orders of magnitude, starting at the toxicity level of table salt (arsenobetaine) and reaching extremely high toxicity levels for inorganic compounds such as arsine.

Humans are exposed to arsenic mainly via drinking water, seafood and staple food such as rice. In some countries (China) regulations are already based on arsenic species (inorganic arsenic). In Europe, the discussion about the necessity of such regulation is in full swing.

This is the background, why arsenic issues enter the news so often...


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.

Researchers Find Alga that Influence Arsenic Cycling in Hot Springs
Arsenic is a very toxic substance often found in the environment, but scientists from Montana and Florida have found a Yellowstone National Park alga that's able to withstand and detoxify even high concentrations of this toxin.

Toenail clippings reveal arsenic exposure
UK scientists from Leicester and Nottingham have devised a method for identifying levels of exposure to environmental arsenic – by testing toenail clippings.


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.

Location: Berlin
Date: 17.03.2009 - 20.03.2009

CANAS'09: Colloquium Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy
Location: TU Bergakedemie Freiberg, Sachsen, Germany
Date: 22.03.2009 - 25.03.2009

AGU Chapman Conference on Arsenic in Groundwater of Southern Asia
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Date: 24.03.2009 - 27.03.2009

TEF-3: 3rd International IUPAC Symposium on Trace Elements in Food
Location: Rome, Italy
Date: 01.04.2009 - 03.04.2009

EPTEE 2009: The 10th China EPTEE show for Water, Air, Waste, Energy and Recycling
Location: Shanghai Mart, INTEX Shanghai,
Date: 28.04.2009 - 30.04.2009

Spectr'Atom 2009
Location: Pau, France
Date: 11.05.2009 - 14.05.2009


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Trent University: Mechanisms of arsenic leaching and transport in abandoned gold mine tailings
The Metalloid Speciation & Geochemistry research group at Trent University is looking for a graduate student to conduct a Ph.D. or M.Sc. thesis project investigating the geochemical mechanisms of arsenic leaching and transport in abandoned gold mine tailings. Through funding from the National Science and Engineering Research Council, we will determine dissolved and colloidal As speciation in mine tailings (via ion chromatography or field flow fractionation coupled to ICP-MS), both in field studies (Nova Scotia) and in controlled laboratory experiments using Trent’s new Microenvironment Facility. The goal of the project is to quantify the individual physical and chemical forms of arsenic that contribute to its emission from abandoned gold mine tailings, determine environmental factors that influence these processes, and study the effectiveness of treatment technologies in reducing these emissions.




UK Middlesex: Science Leader Speciation Analysis
Matchtech Group plc (Agency) currently require an experienced Team Leader to join a major analytical organisation based in Middlesex.

LGC Ltd, Teddington, Middlesex, UK: Science Leader, Speciation Analysis
This is an excellent development opportunity for a candidate looking to build their career in analytical science, working with recognised experts. The role requires an able scientist who will contribute to the successful delivery of R&D analysis projects. You will be expected to promote your achievements with appropriate scientific publications, reports and presentations

University of Bremen (Germany): Analytical Geochemistry
The Geochemistry and Hydrogeology Group at the University of Bremen (Germany) seeks a to fill a position in analytical geochemistry (TV-L E 13). The position is somewhat comparable to that of an Assistant Professor in the US system. The successful candidate should have expertise in metal speciation using plasma-mass spectrometry coupled to liquid chromatography. Experience with magnetic sector ICP-MS is a plus, since we plan to couple an Element 2 to LC.


Trent University: Senior ICP-MS Scientist
The Worsfold Water Quality Centre at Trent University is seeking applications for a Senior ICP-MS Scientist. This is a full time permanent staff position, and is available immediately. Salary will be in commensurate with qualification and experience.

Nestlé Research Center (NRC), Lausanne, Switzerland: Project Manager / Inorganics analytical scientist
Nestlé, a food, nutrition, health and wellness company aims to work with the best scientists in the world. To support its research strategy, the Quality & Safety Department at the NRC is seeking a:
Project Manager / Inorganics analytical scientist who will drive the research and external collaborations in inorganics analytical sciences. He/she will also define analytical strategies to ensure an appropriate application and implementation of international norms, as well as manage recommendations to partners and follow them up.


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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.

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