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

Some compounds of elements with relatively low natural abundance are used in quantities that allow following their emission to the environment and subsequent fate directly.  Platinum/palladium used in automobile catalysts are such cases. Now another element has received some interest: Gadolinium used as a diagnostic media in medicine. Researchers from the University of Münster used speciation analysis to trace gadolinium-based contrast media from the hospital through the municipal waste water treatment plant (see the news).

Even if speciation analysis is not the primary goal and the interest is in  total element concentrations, there are situations where the distribution of an element amongst different species cannot be ignored. This is particular true if the different species do not give the same response. Actually such happens more often than anticipated. One such example is the determination of silicon in presence of different organosilicon compounds (see the news).

Such and other questions related to chemical species will be discussed at the 12th Workshop on Progress in Analytical Methodologies for Trace Metal Speciation (TraceSpec 2009) that will be held September 15-18 in Mainz, Germany. Call for papers is still open to the end of this month. You should not miss this very special event totally dedicated to speciation analysis.

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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.

Gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents found intact in the outlet of a waste water treatment plant
Scientists from the University of Münster (Germany) followed the fate of Gadolinium-based contrast media from the hospital through the waste water treatment plant by speciation analysis using HILIC-ICP-MS.

ICP-OES sensitivity for silicon depends on silicon-species
Researchers from Spain and France found a complex dependency of the analytical results obtained by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) for silicon from the silicon-compound being present in the sample.


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.

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

PRIMO15: 15th International Symposium on Pollutant Responses in Marine Organisms
Location: Bordeaux, France
Date: 17.05.2009 - 20.05.2009

CanBIC: 2nd Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry
Location: Stockey Centre, Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada
Date: 27.05.2009 - 29.05.2009

SETAC Europe 19th Annual Meeting
Location: Convention Centre in Göteborg, Sweden
Date: 31.05.2009 - 04.06.2009

9th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP)
Location: Guiyang, China
Date: 07.06.2009 - 12.06.2009


Currently there is no short course scheduled. However, EVISA and its members are able to organize short courses upon request from customers.
If you are interested in training, please directly contact EVISA.


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: 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.




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.


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.

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