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

In our last two newsletters we spoke about the health risks provoked by mercury compounds. The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) now has started a procedure proposing restrictions on the use of mercury and phenylmercury compounds (see the News below). While we at EVISA agree that reducing mercury emission is the way to go, we doubt that restrictions on the use of mercury in measuring devices will significantly reduce the emission of mercury to the environment. Another source, highly promoted by EU legislation, namely the energy saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), will more than compensate for such reduction since no safe mercury recycling is installed. Once in the environment, mercury will in part be transformed by microbial reactions to methylmercury, which is entering the food-chain and gets biomagnified with the trophic level. A new study now shows that methylmercury is not the only product of such biotransformation.  Monoethylmercury was identified in the soil of the Everglades in Florida (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.

Scientists solve mystery of the two sides of arsenite
Scientists have solved an important mystery about why an arsenic compound, called arsenite, can kill us, and yet function as an effective therapeutic agent against disease and infections.

US EPA offers chance to speak out against hexavalent chromium
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a 60-day public comment period and a public listening session for the draft human health assessment of a toxicological review of hexavalent chromium. The question for the EPA is whether to adopt a strict risk measure as California did or to adhere more to a less-stringent standard.

The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) calls for comments on reports proposing restrictions on mercury and phenylmercury
ECHA has prepared a report, on the request of the European Commission, suggesting restrictions on several mercury containing measuring devices. A report from Norway is suggesting a ban on five phenylmercury substances. ECHA starts today the six-month public consultation period on these proposals. ECHA, however, encourages interested parties to send in their comments by 24 December 2010.

Occurrence of monoethylmercury in the Florida Everglades verified
A new study now confirms the presence of ethylmercury in soil of the Florida Everglades probably as the result of bioalkylation.


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.

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

SETAC North America 31st Annual Meeting
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA.
Date: 07.11.2010 - 11.11.2010

27th Montreux Symposium on LC/MS
Location: Montreux, Switzerland
Date: 10.11.2010 - 12.11.2010

4th Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Spectrochemical Analysis
Location: Chengdu, PR China
Date: 26.11.2010 - 30.11.2010

EspeQBrasil 2010: 2nd Brazilian Meeting on Chemical Speciation
Location: São Pedro, São Paulo, Brazil
Date: 12.12.2010 - 15.12.2010

European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Zaragoza, Spain
Date: 30.01.2011 - 04.02.2011


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 !


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.


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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