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Welcome to the first issue of EVISA's Speciation Newsletter for 2012.

We start the New Year with News from a well known element:  Mercury - the global pollutant. While according to U.S. EPA approximately 50% of the U.S. emission of mercury into the atmosphere originates from power plants, there is still an ongoing discussion, whether reducing those mercury emission will have any effect on the health risks of Americans. Opponents of the new "Mercury and Air Toxics Standards" unveiled by U.S. EPA in December 21 of last year (see the News below), often argue that most mercury present in the U.S. atmosphere comes from China via long-distance transport. Interestingly, whether mercury gets deposited is a question of speciation, and requires oxidative processes taking place in the upper atmosphere (see the News below). Using the mercury isotopic pattern as a kind of fingerprint holds promise as a tool to assist in the identification of the source of mercury (see the News below). Using this new technique, a research group from the University of Michigan were able to track mercury emissions from a power plant in Florida... and they found that a high proportion of the mercury ended up nearby...

It seems clear to us that a global pollutant as mercury requires a global political approach such as the UNEP Global Mercury Treaty. However in order to be effective, each nation should start now to reduce its part of the global emission.

Michael Sperling


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.

EPA ruling on hexavalent chromium in water expected soon
A decision from the Environmental Protection Agency about whether to decrease how much chromium(VI) is allowed to be present in drinking water is expected soon, the agency says.

EPA Issues First-Ever Limits on Mercury & Toxic Air Pollution
The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards on Wednesday sharply limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from the nation’s coal- and oil-burning power plants.

Tracing the source of mercury pollution
Using the mercury isotopic pattern as a kind of fingerprint holds promise as a tool to assist in the identification of local Hg deposition related to anthropogenic emissions.

Mercury is converted to oxidized species in the upper atmosphere facilitating its entrance into the food chain
New research shows that the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere work to transform elemental mercury into oxidized mercury, which can easily be deposited into aquatic ecosystems and ultimately enter the food chain.

Anthropogenic Mercury Releases Into the Atmosphere from Ancient to Modern Time
In pursuit of riches and energy over the last 5,000 years, humans have released into the environment 385,000 tons of mercury, the source of numerous health concerns, according to a new study that challenges the idea that releases of the metal are on the decline.

At the Winter Conforence for Plasmachemistry, Agilent has introduced its new Triple Quad ICP-MS, the 8800 system.


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 recognize the upcoming deadline for the:
HPLC-12: 38th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques
January 20: Submission of abstracts for poster presentations

Please do not hesitate to inform us in case that your conference related to speciation analysis is missing in our Agenda.

ISZB 2012 : International Society for Zinc Biology Conference
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Date: 15.01.2012 - 19.01.2012

Isranalytica 2012
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: 24.01.2012 - 25.01.2012

Workshop and Training on Applications of DGT in Waters, Soils and Sediments
Location: São Pedro-SP (part I Conferences and Posters), Rio Claro-SP (part II Training)
Date: 29.01.2012 - 31.01.2012

HTC-12: Twelfth International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Hyphenated Chromatographic Analyzers
Location: Bruges, Belgium
Date: 31.01.2012 - 03.02.2012

Pittcon 2012
Location: Orlando, FL, USA
Date: 11.03.2012 - 16.03.2012

analytica 2012: 23rd International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and analytica Conference
Location: New Munich Trade Fair Centre, Munich, Germany
Date: 17.04.2012 - 20.04.2012

6th SETAC World Congress 2012 - 22nd Annual SETAC Europe Meeting
Location: Berlin, Germany
Date: 20.05.2012 - 24.05.2012

60th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry
Location: Vancouver
Date: 20.05.2012 - 24.05.2012

6th Nordic Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Loen, Norway
Date: 10.06.2012 - 13.06.2012

IAP 2012: Interfaces Against Pollution 2012
Location: Nancy, France
Date: 11.06.2012 - 14.06.2012


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Brooks Rand Labs, Seattle: ICP-MS Analyst
Brooks Rand Labs, an environmental laboratory in Seattle specializing in trace metals analysis and speciation, is looking for a bright, hard-working, and enthusiastic person to fill a chemist/analyst position

CDC Atlanta: Analyst
The Emergency Response and Air Toxicants Branch seeks a qualified M.S. or Ph.D. level chemist in the tobacco analysis laboratory. This is a replacement for personnel no longer at CDC.

Northwestern University: Research Associate/ Manager
The Quantitative Bioelemental Imaging Center (QBIC) at Northwestern University is seeking a candidate to serve as a manager in the QBIC shared instrument facility. QBIC focuses on quantitative elemental mapping of a wide variety of sample types ranging from single cells to complex materials.

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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