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

In our August issue we reported about the development of knowledge on the toxicity of methylmercury. For most people the main source of methylmercury is fish (especially marine predatory fish). A group of researchers from China and Norway now found out that for chinese populations living within mercury polluted areas far from sea  rice rather than fish is the major source. They also speculate that such situation might be present in other parts of the world.  While rice is already known to accumulate arsenic from the paddy fields, it seems that mercury has to be added to the potential contaminants that should be monitored (see the news below).

Another source for exposure for toxic metal species is the workspace. Especially workers in contact with toxic metals and metal compounds are at risk. One of the most regulated species is hexavalent chromium, a carcinogenic species that is discussed in the movie "Erin Brockovich". Now EPA filed a complaint under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) against the world’s largest producer of chromium chemicals for failing to inform the agency of findings from an epidemiological study showing a “substantial risk” of injury to health among workers exposed to hexavalent chromium. This TSCA 8(e) allegation continues a long saga of the chromium industry’s efforts to obscure evidence about the metal’s carcinogenicity (see the News below).


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.

Rice is the Major Pathway for Methylmercury Exposure in Inland China
A new study out of China shows that for millions of people at risk of eating toxic amounts of mercury-laced food, fish isn’t the problem. Rice is.

EPA accuses chromium industry of withholding lung cancer study
EPA filed a complaint under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) against the world’s largest producer of chromium chemicals for failing to inform the agency of findings from an epidemiological study showing a “substantial risk” of injury to health among workers exposed to hexavalent chromium (CrVI).

US FDA Announces Gadolinium-Based MRI Contrast Agent Warning
FDA is requiring changes in the professional labeling for gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) to minimize the risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), a rare, but serious, condition associated with the use of GBCAs in certain patients with kidney dysfunction.

Call for Papers: Agilent Speciation Handbook
You are invited to submit an abstract for the Second Edition of Agilent’s Handbook of Hyphenated ICP-MS Applications. The deadline for short (


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.

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

26th Annual Conference of the German Society of Minerals and Trace Elements (GMS)
Location: Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung, Leipzig
Date: 07.10.2010 - 09.10.2010

XI RIO Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry
Location: Mar del Plata, Argentina
Date: 24.10.2010 - 29.10.2010


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University of Kiel, Germany: Systematic Proteome Research
In the Division for "Systematic Proteome Research" within the Institute for Experimental Medicine, at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany, a PhD-studentship (m/f) (Bioanalytics, Proteomics, Mass Spectrometry) is immediately available.

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.


Universitat Rovira i Virgili,Tarragona, Spain: Bio-informatics and Chemical Engineering
The Bioinformatics and Computational Environmental Engineering research group (BioCENIT), Department of Chemical Engineering at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain) invites researchers interested in joining several EU projects and co-leading new proposals in the areas of computational environmental chemistry and engineering, and bioinformatics, to apply for two research fellow positions.

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.


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: 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.

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.

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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