Dear Subscriber !

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

We normally use the beginning of the year to take a look back. 2012 was a good year for EVISA and our web portal
attracted about 1.2 Mio. visitors, which is a significant growth of 16% although a less pronounced growth in comparison to 2011. The content on the web portal surpassed 15,000 pages and we were quite busy to keep the content up-to-date (see the news below).

Mercury is more less continuously in the news. The global pollutant is entering the food web and is bioaccumulated via its transformation to methylmercury. Now researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Missouri and University of Tennessee have identified the genes required for bacterial mercury methylation (see the news below).

Because of the risk resulting from the bioaccumulation,  a global treaty meant to reduce toxic mercury in the environment has been completed and will be presented to countries for their ratification as part of a worldwide bid to control and reduce ways in which mercury is used, released or emitted. Unfortunately,  certain mercury-added products are to be exempted from the ban, including  vaccines containing thimerosal, an ethylmercury preservative (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.

Bruker launched its new aurora Elite ICP-MS instrument with spectacular sensitvity specs
Today, at the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry 2013 (EWCPS) in Karakow (Poland), Bruker launches the aurora Elite, a new ultra-sensitive Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS.

ORNL scientists solve mystery about mercury methylation
Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Missouri and University of Tennessee have identified the genes required for bacterial mercury methylation.

ECHA requests comments on expanding REACH restriction on the use of cadmium in plastics
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has requested comments on the impact of expanding the restriction on cadmium and its compounds in plastic materials and articles beyond the current 16 plastic materials listed in Annex XVII of REACH to all plastic materials.

UNEP mercury treaty exempts vaccines for children
A global treaty meant to reduce toxic mercury in the environment has been completed and will be presented to countries for their ratification as part of a worldwide bid to control and reduce ways in which mercury is used, released or emitted.

EVISA's activities during the year 2012
The year 2012 again was a year full of activities for EVISA meant to promote and advance the field of speciation analysis. About 1.2 Mio. users visited the EVISA web portal during the year and downladed more than 6.8 Mio pages from our portal.

EVISA welcomed its 4 Millionth User
1.2 Million users visited the EVISA web portal during the year 2012 and downloaded more than 6.8 Million pages full of information. During the first days of January, EVISA welcomed its 4 Millionth user.

From Bruker - The Science of Sensitivity
Bruker is proud to announce the release of its new aurora Elite ICP-MS at the 2013 Plasma Winter Conference held this year in Krakow, Poland.  In addition to the highly successful aurora M90, Bruker now offers a second additional model, the aurora Elite, as its new high-end performance offering in Bruker's ICP-MS range, setting new and exceptional standards for sensitivity and matrix robustness in ICP-MS.
Bruker aurora elite ICP-MS

Key Benefits

Bruker's ICP-MS team is continuously working on product improvements to reflect the requirements of today's analytical tasks and challenges. The following features are now available with the aurora Elite:

  • Industry leading Sensitivity: specification of > 1.5GHz/ppm sensitivity in 'High Sensitivity' mode and > 400,000 cps/ppm in 'Normal Sensitivity' mode (mid mass) for the aurora Elite
  • Faster scan speeds and shorter Integration times: offers an unmatched performance combination for faster transient signal analysis such as LA-ICP-MS and LC-ICP-MS.
  • Lowest cost of ownership: rugged design, durable cone system, no expensive spare parts, and a unique all-digital detector with a typical lifetime of more than 5 years.
  • Full 21 CFR Part 11 compliance support for Quantum ICP-MS software: to meet the requirements of the pharmaceutical industry aurora's Quantum software with CompassCDS offers new features such as audit trails, electronic signatures and user management.
  • External Device Control: bidirectional triggering for seamless connectivity to laser ablation and chromatographic devices.
  • Improved air flow management inside the instrument: with a significantly reduced exhaust flow requirement which reduces installation cost and is of particular interest in clean room environments.

For more information go to: http://www.bdal.de/products/icp-ms/aurora-m90/learn-more.html or visit us at: http://www.bdal.de/products/icp-ms


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.
 more infos...

Please recognize the following deadlines:

ElCheMS 2: 2nd International Workshop on Electrochemistry/Mass Spectrometry
Date:     May 23,2013 - May 24,2013
Location:     Münster, Germany
February 28,2013    Submission of abstracts for oral presentations
March 31,2013    Submission of abstracts for poster presentations

ICCE 2013: 14th EuCheMS International Conference on Chemistry and the Environment
Date:     June 25,2013 - June 28,2013
Location:     Barcelona, Spain
February 15,2013    Submission of abstracts
April 15,2013    Early registration at reduced fe

DGT Conference 2013: Conference on DGT and the Environment
Date:     July 9,2013 - July 11,2013
Location:     Lancaster University, UK
February 28,2013    Registration at normal rate

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

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

ISSPA 2013: 13th International Symposium on Soil and Plant Analysis
Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
Date: 08.04.2013 - 12.04.2013


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 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.


Odense, Denmark: Chemodynamic features of organic compounds
University of Southern Denmark is looking for a candidate with an internationally recognised PhD in environmental physical chemistry, and experience with dynamic speciation methodology for organic compounds.



EVISA's directory of scientist is a versatile tool to facilitate contact with scientists in the field of speciation and related sciences. The directory is fully searchable for names, addresses, research topics etc.  You should bookmark this directory as an always up-to-date address book. (In order to hinder SPAM robots for collecting the E-mail accounts, we hide them in a special format).

More than 275 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.

If your entry is still missing in this directory, please contact us at info@speciation.net.



EVISA provides an easy access to external information. Our database contains more than 2660 links to relevant information from numerous top scientific resources spread over the whole Web. The database is searchable both via full-text and categories such as elements, type of species and type of information. We are permanently updating our links section.

If your web site is missing here, please e-mail your link information to info@speciation.net.


This issue of evisa's Speciation Newsletter has been sent to you by EVISA, because you have registered for this service. If you would like to modify your user account, please log-in on EVISA's web portal at http://www.speciation.net with your username and password and edit your user account.

Please feel free to pass this Speciation Newsletter to others who may benefit from EVISA. If you have any contributions or suggestions, please send these to editors@speciation.net.

This is a post-only e-mail.  Please do not reply to this message.  For all inquiries, problems or suggestions regarding this service, please visit http://www.speciation.net or contact info@speciation.net

Copyright 2012 EVISA 
All rights reserved.  Any unauthorized use, reproduction, or transfer of this message or its contents, in any medium, is strictly prohibited.  No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of EVISA.

No responsibility is assumed by the publisher for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a matter of products liability, negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any methods, products, instructions or ideas contained in the material herein. The Newsletter represents only the opinion of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Community. The European Community is not responsible for any use that might be made of the information provided.