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

This month we continue our series of "brief summaries" discussing techniques for speciation analysis. The actual brief summary is dedicated to gas-chromatography as a separation module for hyphenated techniques in speciation analysis. Due to its limitation to thermally stable compounds, gas chromatography is the well suited for the determination of organometallic compounds such as tributyltin, tetraethyllead or methylmercury in the environment.

Again mercury is in the news this month. Environmental organizations supported by scientists argue that mercury is reaching humans via the food chain at levels creating a dangerous health risk. They are planning to present their recent findings at the next and final round of UNEP negotiations to put in place a legally binding global treaty to reduce mercury use and pollution. While these scientists will urge the politicians for an effective ban of mercury,
the American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed the World Health Organization's stance that thimerosal -- a mercury-based preservative -- should be left in vaccines and should not be subject to a ban (see the news below).

The outcome of these negotiations, taking place next month, will certainly also reflect the influential power of the lobby groups behind (environmental NGOs vs. pharmaceutical industry). We will keep you informed !

We thank you all for your interest and your fidelity.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous Year 2013

Your EVISA team


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.

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Experts Argue to Keep Thimerosal in Some Vaccines
According to a statement published online December 17 in Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed the World Health Organization's stance that thimerosal -- a mercury-based preservative -- should be left in vaccines and should not be subject to a ban contained in a draft mercury treaty from the UNEP.

Gas chromatography for the separation of elemental species
Gas chromatography is a very effective sample introduction technique for atomic spectroscopy because of the absence of a condensed mobile phase and the very high separation efficiency. Unfortunately, it is limited solely to organometallic compounds which are volatile and thermally stable in the native form or which can be converted to a volatile form by means of derivatizaton.

Mercury in fish more dangerous than previously believed; Scientists urge for effective treaty ahead of UN talks
Scientists say that consuming fish may be more hazardous to your health than thought just a few years ago, according to new reports published December 4th


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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HPLC 2013: 39th International Symposium on High-Performance-Liquid-Phase Separations and Related Techniques
Date:     June 16,2013 - June 20,2013
Location:     Amsterdam, The Netherlands
January 1,2013:    Submission of abtracts for oral presentations

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

ISRANALYTICA 2013: the 16th Annual Meeting of the Israel Analytical Chemistry Society
Location: The David Intercontinental Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel
Date: 22.01.2013 - 23.01.2013

European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Krakow, Poland
Date: 10.02.2013 - 15.02.2013

Location: Essen, Germany
Date: 04.03.2013 - 07.03.2013

XII International Symposium on Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine
Location: Punta del Este, Uruguay
Date: 11.03.2013 - 13.03.2013

Pittcon 2013
Location: Philadelphia,
Date: 17.03.2013 - 21.03.2012

canas 2013: Colloquium Analytische Atomspektroskopie 2013
Location: Freiberg, Germany
Date: 17.03.2013 - 19.03.2013


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University of Pau, France: Methods for the determination of redox forms of chromium and organotin compounds
The 2009/48/EC toy safety European directive was recently modified taking into account the emergence of new manufacturing processes and innovations concerning materials and technologies used. This directive went into effect since July 20, 2011 but will come into force from July 20, 2013 regarding chemical requirements.


Pau (France): Post-doctoral fellowship in environmental chemistry and biogeochemistry
An 18 months postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated young researcher to investigate Selenium biotransformation and isotopic fractionation by aquatic micro-organisms using new analytical and experimental approaches.

U.S. EPA, National Exposure Research Laboratory, Las Vegas: Detecting, Quantifying, and Characterizing Engineered Nanomaterials in the Environment
This research opportunity focuses on developing novel analytical
approaches to detect, quantify, and characterize engineered nanomaterials at environmentally relevant concentrations in real environmental matrices.




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