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

According the IUPAC definition, the determination of isotope ratios is already speciation analysis. Is the determination of isotope ratios of chemical species such as methylmercury than speciation analysis2 ?

Anyhow, having the wounderful tool of MC-ICP-MS, an increasing number of scientists explore the possibilities to study isotope fractionation effects to trace the cycling of elements. Recently, a new element has been added to the list of interesting cases: mercury. Especially the non-mass dependent fractionation can be used to trace especially photo-induced reactions and can differentiate between routes of elemental cycling (see the news below on arctic mercury cycling).

The conference year has started with the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry in Zaragoza and will continue with a very high number of conferences this year (see EVISA's Agenda of Events). However, for scientists interested in speciation analysis, two conference are really a must:

TraceSpec 2011 is focused on speciation for environmental analysis, while METALLOMICS 2011 is focused on metal(loid) species in the life sciences (including the Biosphere). Please feel invited to join us for these stimulating events. The call for papers for both conferences is still open !


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.

Natural dissolved organic matter plays dual role in cycling of mercury
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made a discovery that ultimately could help explain the contradictory findings for the behaviour of mercury in the aquatic environment.

Arctic Mercury Cycling May Be Linked to Ice Cover
An international research team working with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) scientists at the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) in Charleston, S.C., has suggested for the first time that mercury cycling in the flora and fauna of the Arctic may be linked to the amount of ice cover present. Their study* is the latest work reported from the Seabird Tissue Archival and Monitoring Project (STAMP), a multiyear joint effort of NIST, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to track trends in pollutants in northern marine environments using seabird eggs.

EPA Issues Guidance for Enhanced Monitoring of Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday Januray 11 recommended that all public water utilities begin monitoring for hexavalent chromium.


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 recognize that deadlines for abstract submission of the following conferences come closer:

February 28: METALLOMICS 2011: 3rd International Symposium on Metallomics

March 1st: 11th International Symposium on Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine

March 15: TraceSpec 2011: 13th Workshop on Progress in Trace Metal Speciation for EDnvironmental Analytical Chemistry

HERCULES 2011: Higher European Research Course for Users of Large Experimental Systems
Location: Grenoble, France
Date: 27.02.2011 - 30.03.2011

canas'11: Colloquium Analytische Atomspektroskopie
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Date: 13.03.2011 - 16.03.2011

PittCon 2011
Location: Atlanta
Date: 13.03.2011 - 18.03.2011

Location: Zürich, Switzerland
Date: 22.03.2011 - 25.03.2011

TraceSpec 2011: 13th Workshop on Progress in Trace Metal Speciation for EDnvironmental Analytical Chemistry
Location: Palais Beamont, Pau, France
Date: 18.05.2011 - 20.05.2011

ICAS 2011: IUPAC International Congress for Analytical Sciences
Location: Kyoto, JPN
Date: 22.05.2011 - 26.05.2011

CanBIC-3: 3rd Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry
Location: Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada
Date: 31.05.2011 - 03.06.2011

59th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry
Location: Denver, CO
Date: 05.06.2011 - 09.06.2011

METALLOMICS 2011: 3rd International Symposium on Metallomics
Location: Münster, Germany
Date: 15.06.2011 - 18.06.2011

TEF-4: 4th International IUPAC Symposium for Trace Elements in Food
Location: King's College in Aberdeen, Scotland
Date: 19.06.2011 - 22.06.2011


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 !



CSIRO: Non-Traditional Stable Isotopes - Environmental Chemistry
Working within the multidisciplinary, Contaminant Chemistry and Ecotoxicology program, the incumbent of this position will conduct research into the use of non-traditional stable isotopes to source and track contaminants and essential elements in environmental systems. The successful applicant will be responsible for the development of analytical techniques and methodologies that utilise multicollector-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry instrumentation to source and track both contaminants and essential elements (eg. mercury, iron, and copper) in environmental systems.


Nestlé Research Center (NRC) located near Lausanne: Research Scientist in Mineral Analysis
To support its research strategy, the Quality & Safety Department at the NRC is seeking a:
Research Scientist in Mineral Analysis
who will work within the Functional Ingredients Analysis group.


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More than 270 active scientists in the field of speciation analysis already joined the directory. Join this great directory that is extensively linked to all type of other information on this site, such as homepages, conferences and literature.

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