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

Mercury is a global pollutant. Most of the harm related to mercury comes from methylmercury bioaccumulation, which is the buildup of the element in tissue that occurs when moving up the food chain. A group of researchers now show that the biogeochemical cycling of the element is more complex than thought. Much more microbes than previously known are able to transform inorganic mercury into methylmercury, including microbes that live in rice paddies, northern peat bogs and other previously unexpected environments (see the news below).

Methylmercury is a strong neurotoxin. Canadian scientists now have found how methylmercury directly affect vision by accumulating in the retinal photoreceptors, i.e. the cells that respond to light in our eyes (see the news below). This is a good example to highlight how trace element imaging can help to investigate the toxic action of toxic metal species.


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.

Toxic Methylmercury-Producing Microbes More Widespread Than Realized
Microbes that live in rice paddies, northern peat bogs and other previously unexpected environments are among the bacteria that can generate highly toxic methylmercury, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center have learned.

Scientists reveal how organic mercury can interfere with vision
Canadian scientists have found that methylmercury directly affect vision by accumulating in the retinal photoreceptors, i.e. the cells that respond to light in our eyes.

California proposes new hexavalent chromium standard for drinking water
California Department of Public Health announced August 22nd a proposed safe drinking water standard for the cancer-causing 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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6BBAC — 6th Black Sea Basin Conference on Analytical Chemistry
Location: Trabzon, Türkei
Date: 10.09.2013 - 14.09.2013

IMA 2013: Instrumental Methods of Analysis-Modern Trends and Applications
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Date: 15.09.2013 - 19.09.2013

CIA 2013: . Conference über Ionenanalyse
Location: Technischen Universität Berlin
Date: 18.09.2013 - 20.09.2013

CEST 2013: 13th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology
Location: Athens, Greece
Date: 19.09.2013 - 19.09.2013

SCIX 2013: 40th Annual Conference of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS)
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date: 29.09.2013 - 03.10.2013

Hydrogeochemical modeling with PhreeqC
Location: Universität Bayreuth, Germany
Date: 09.10.2013 - 12.10.2013


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 Lleida (Spain): Electroanalytical techniques for speciation analysis
The research group in the Universitat de Lleida (Catalonia, Spain) offers a PhD position, meant to continue the development of the new electroanalytical technique AGNES, while comparing and improving other techniques (DMT, DGT, etc.) to gain an understanding of the distribution of a metal ion in its chemical forms and the ensuing (bio)availability. Possible applications: environmental, toxicological and agrifood studies (from dissolution of nanoparticles in natural waters to the impact of metals on the quality of wine).


University of Graz, Austria: Trace Element Metabolomics
A Post-Doc position in analytical chemistry is available in the Institute of Chemistry – Analytical Chemistry at Uni-Graz. The position is within the research group Trace Element Metabolomics (TEM).

University of Bayreuth: Postdoctoral Researcher within the Environmental Geochemistry Group
The Environmental Geochemistry Group at the University of Bayreuth is a team of young researchers, looking for a highly motivated scientist, holding a PhD in geosciences, analytical (environmental) chemistry, geomicrobiology or related subjects who is interested in establishing independent research in the area of inorganic or organometallic environmental geochemistry.


U.S. FDA: Trace Metal Speciation
The Food and Drug Administration has an opening in Laurel, MD, to participate in the development, optimization and routine use of methods to detect and speciate trace metals in tissues, biological fluids and animal feeds.


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More than 280 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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