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

This month besides chromium and selenium again mercury is in the news. Environmental Agencies and other rule makers both in Europe and the U.S.A. are in the process to tighten the restrictions for environmental pollution with respect to mercury in order to reduce the risks for human health. Interestingly, the direct injection of mercury in the form of Thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, into the human body is still allowed in most countries. For the first time now, UNEP is proposing to ban such practice (see the news below).  While it is clear that the toxicological data for methylmercury cannot be used to assess the risk imposed by ethylmercury (the species present in thimerosal), very little is known about the toxicity, pharmacokinetics and metabolism of ethylmercury.  A research group from Münster now shows that even animal studies related to thimerosal cannot easily be transferred to humans (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.

New insights about interaction of thimerosal with blood components
A new study shows how thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative used in vaccines, binds to human hemoglobin.

New selenium metabolites found in human serum
For the first time, researchers from the Karl-Franzens-University (Graz, Austria) have determined methyl 2-acetamido-2-deoxy-1-seleno-ß-D-galactopyranoside (selenosugar 1), and methyl 2-amino-2-deoxy-1-seleno-ß-D-galactopyranoside in human serum by HPLC–ICPMS.

UNEP Global Mercury Treaty May Include Ban on Mercury in Medicine
On Friday, July 22, 2011, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) distributed a revised text for its comprehensive global treaty on mercury. Advocates for mercury-free drugs were gratified to see pharmaceuticals listed in "Annex C (Mercury-added product not allowed)" of the proposed treaty.

California sets goal for limiting hexavalent chromium in drinking water
It is the first public health goal in the U.S.A. for hexavalent chromium, made infamous in 'Erin Brockovich.' The goal isn't an enforceable standard but will help develop one, an official says.


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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Antimony 2011: 2nd International Workshop on Antimony in the Environment
Location: Jena, Germany
Date: 21.08.2011 - 24.08.2011

CSI XXXVII: Colloquium Spectroscopicum Internationale XXXVII
Location: Amacao de Búzios, Brazil
Date: 28.08.2011 - 02.09.2011

7th ICASS International Conference on Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy and 3rd Canada-China Analytical Chemistry Conference
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada
Date: 28.08.2011 - 31.08.2011

ICMG 2011: 5th International Conference on Metals and Genetics
Location: Kobe, Japan
Date: 04.09.2011 - 08.09.2011

CEST2011: 12th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology
Location: Rhodes Island, Greece
Date: 08.09.2011 - 10.09.2011

EUROanalysis 16: European Conference on Analytical Chemistry
Location: Belgrade
Date: 11.09.2011 - 15.09.2011

IMA 2011: 7th International Conference on Instrumentral Methods of Analysis - Modern Trends and Applications
Location: Chania , Crete, Greece
Date: 18.09.2011 - 22.09.2011

TEMA-14: Trace Elements in Man and Animals
Location: Enshi City, Hubei Province, China.
Date: 19.09.2011 - 24.09.2011

GeoMed 2011: 4th International Conference on Medical Geology
Location: Bari, Italy
Date: 20.09.2011 - 25.09.2011

CIA 2011: Conference über Ionenanalyse
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: 26.09.2011 - 28.09.2011


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Laboratoire Environnement et Minéralurgie (Nancy - France): Speciation dynamics of metallic cations at soft colloidal interphases
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Nancy, FRANCE) offers a PhD position for the period 2011-2014. The objectives of the PhD thesis is to deepen our understanding of the relationships between physico-chemical properties of soft interphases and their reactivity with respect to metallic cations (sorption,

Risø Technical University of Denmark: Speciation Analysis and Environmental Tracer Studies of 129 I
Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, which is part of the Technical University of Denmark, is seeking a PhD student working on speciation analysis and environmental tracer studies of 129I. The candidate will work in the Radioecology Research Programme in the Radiation Research Division.


Trent University: Mercury Isotope Ratio/Speciation Analysis



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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