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Welcome to the August issue of EVISA's Speciation Newsletter. For most of you, holidays are now over and important events are ahead.

During the last two issues of EVISA's speciation Newsletter we discussed the interplay of speciation analysis and toxicology. Today we would like to put some light on the relationship between speciation and legislation (please see also the Brief summary on this topic).

Using the example of methylmercury, experts in the field of toxicology draw lessions from mistakes that delayed regulation of mercury pollution (see the news below). While first reports on the neurotoxicity of methylmercury date back about 150 years, international agreement to control mercury pollution was reached only in 2009. Their review of the literature is a collection of scientific failures, resistance and lack of cooperation, but mostly of political inactivity blaiming scientific uncertainty.  The discrepancy between scientific knowledge and adequate reaction in the case of methylmercury is only one example. The same problem was already seen in the case of tetraethyllead as an additive of gasoline, where it also took decades that mass production of a strong neurotoxin was stopped.  And there are still cases ahead that have not yet been stopped albeit scientific indications, e.g. the use of the strong neurotoxin ethylmercury in the form of Thimerosal as a preservative in vaccines...

We share the opinion of the authors of the review who conclude that more research is certainly needed, but prevention and correction of human health issues need not and should not be delayed by a desire for absolute proof.


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.

Methylmercury: What have we learned from Minamata Bay?
Experts draw lessons from mistakes that delayed regulation of mercury pollution

Gut bacteria transform inorganic arsenate leading to more toxic arsenic species
Bacteria living in the human gut can increase the toxicity of arsenic ingested from contaminated food and water, suggesting a need to rethink the health risks associated with arsenic exposure.

ICP-MS Analysis Suggests Metal-Binding Proteins Significantly More Abundant Than Thought
A study led by researchers at the University of Georgia demonstrated that the metalloproteome of the microorganism Pyrococcus furiosus likely contains twice as many proteins as was previously thought.

Nanoscale Metal-Organic Frameworks (NMOFs): A new way to create better MRI Contrast Agents
Developing more sensitive methods of biomedical imaging that are effective with minimal amounts of contrast agents and side-effects is an important challenge in the early and accurate diagnosis of illnesses. Prof. Wenbin Lin of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill now reports about the possibilities provided by Nanoscale Metal-Organic Frameworks (NMOFs).


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.

Please also note that some deadlines are ahead:

Last minute posters for the 7th Aegean Analytical Chemistry Days (AACD2010) can still be submitted until September 5 !

Poster presentations for the 27th Montreux Symposium on LC/MS can still be submitted until the end of the month.

ISEAC 36: 36th International Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Location: Rome, Italy
Date: 05.09.2010 - 09.09.2010

9. Symposium Massenspektrometrische Verfahren der Elementspurenanalyse / 22. ICPMS-Anwendertreffen
Location: Berlin-Adlershof, Germany
Date: 06.09.2010 - 08.09.2010

Geochemical Speciation & Bioavailability of Trace Elements: Progress, Challenges & Future Trends
Location: University of Lancaster, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Date: 07.09.2010 - 08.09.2010

ISC 2010: 28th International Symposium on Chromatography
Location: Valencia, Spain
Date: 12.09.2010 - 16.09.2010

124th AOAC International Meeting and Exposition
Location: Orlando, Florida
Date: 26.09.2010 - 29.09.2010

AACD2010: 7th Aegean Analytical Chemistry Days
Location: Lesvos, Greece
Date: 29.09.2010 - 03.10.2010


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Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen; Short Term Marie Curie Fellowships for PhD students in Environmental Chemistry
Investigation of the influence of chemical speciation on the accuracy of QSPR/QSAR models:
The biological activity and fate properties of chemicals can drastically change depending on whether ionic or neutral forms of molecules are present in the environment. The difficulties with this task are frequently connected to low accuracy of existing methods to predict dissociation constants of molecules. The pKa model or otherwise calculated dissociation constants and/or experimental dissociation constants of molecules will be used to address this question and explore whether use of chemical speciation can increase accuracy of QSPR / QSAR models.

UMCES - Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, MD; Lanthanide uptake in aragonite and calcite
Three years of NSF funding for a Ph.D. student is immediately available at the UMCES - Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, MD. Focus of the research is lanthanide uptake in aragonite and calcite, and its use in ocean acidification studies.

University of Liverpool: Iron speciation and humic substances in seawater
It is proposed that the student in this project makes a detailed study of the chemical speciation of iron and the concentration of iron-binding HS. Previous work has demonstrated the presence these ligands in Liverpool Bay and the Irish Sea. We will now concentrate on the estuary of the Mersey as a source of these ligands. The work may be extended to the Irish Sea. Samples will be collected during cruises with the University research vessel or the Environment Agency.


ESRF: X-Ray Microscopy Beamline ID21
The Experiments Division of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility is looking for a Post-doctoral fellow (m/f) for the X-Ray Microscopy Beamline ID21.

University of Cologne, Botanical Institute: Ionomics of mycorrhizal plants
The Botanical Institute of the University of Cologne is currently looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to join our research on ionomics of mycorrhizal plants.

Wageningen University, NL: Biosensor nanoarrays for environmental monitoring (BIOMONAR)
The Department of Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science of Wageningen University NL has two openings for postdoctoral fellows (2 yrs). The two positions are available within the framework of the new EU project on Biosensor nanoarrays for environmental monitoring (BIOMONAR). The intended research work is concerned with the development and application of arrayed sensor matrices in the dynamic analysis of inorganic, organic and nanoparticulate pollutant species in aquatic media.

Umea University, Sweden: Mercury Biogeochemistry
We now seek a postdoctoral researcher to conduct fundamental studies on mercury-sulfide chemistry in controlled model systems.


AQura, Hanau, Germany: Arbeitsgruppenleiter (m/w) für den Bereich ICPMS
Die AQura GmbH, ein Unternehmen von Evonik Industries, sucht für die Anorganische Analytik am Standort Hanau-Wolfgang einen Arbeitsgruppenleiter (m/w) für den Bereich ICPMS.

LGC, UK: Science Leader – Inorganic and Isotope Ratio Analysis
LGC is searching for an experienced research scientist to lead the Inorganic & Isotope Ratio Analysis group within its Chemical Measurement & Calibration team.

LGC, UK: Science Leader - Speciation Analysis
LGC is searching for an experienced research scientist to lead the Speciation Analysis group within its Chemical Measurement & Calibration team.

LGC, UK: Researcher - Speciation Analysis
Due to recent growth, LGC is searching for a Researcher to join the Speciation Analysis group within its Chemical Measurement & Calibration team.

GE Global Research - Niskayuna, NY: Analyst
You will work with GE Global Research and GE business technology teams to execute research projects using elemental analysis and related methods to study the composition of GE materials systems, including metals, ceramics, composites, polymers, and biomaterials.


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