Welcome to the January issue of EVISA's Speciation Newsletter!

In our first issue for the year 2016 we pick up topics that have been discussed before.

Mercury is a global pollutant, and therefore politicians have often blamed external sources for the pollution. In 2005, when U.S. EPA
announced the Clean Air Mercury Rule, meant to significantly reduce mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants across the US, a hot debate about the effect of local emission control started. Interestingly, the effectiveness of emission control is a matter dictated by the speciation of mercury. While elemental mercury is hard to catch and will travel over long distances, oxidized species can be retained easier and once emitted will be deposited more locally. New studies now have tried to measure the effect of both local and global regulation (see the news below). They come to the conclusion, that the US citizens benefit largely from both approaches, depending on their habits to consume fresh water or marine fish.

Chromium is an often cited element, when discussing the importance of elemental speciation. While hexavalent chromium  ( Cr(VI) ) is classified as carcinogen, trivalent chromium ( Cr(III) ) is believed to enhance the insulin sensitivity of cells and therefore a
dvertised as an "essential" food supplement. A new study now reports that chromium(III) dietary supplements are oxidized to a certain extent in living cells to their carcinogenic and genotoxic chromium(V) and chromium(VI) counterparts, which raises questions about potential risks of such therapies (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.

EVISA News revisited: Dissension on the best way to fight mercury pollution
EVISA reported in April 2005 about a hot debate in the US related to the best way to fight mercury emission. Half a year later the question: "Regulating Mercury Emissions from Power Plants: Will It Protect Our Health?" was raised. 10 years later it is time to look after the development since then.

New study reports evidence for carcinogenic chromium(VI) compounds in chromium(III)-treated living cells
Australian and American scientists now report in the journal Angewandte Chemie, that chromium(III) dietary supplements are oxidized to a certain extent in living cells to their carcinogenic and genotoxic chromium(V) and chromium(VI) counterparts, which raises questions about potential risks of such therapies.

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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ESAS 2016: European Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry
Date:     March 31,2016 - April 2,2016
Location:     Eger, Hungary
January 15,2016    Early registration at reduced fee

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

2016 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Tucson, United States
Date: 10.01.2016 - 16.01.2016

ICMG - 2016: 6th International Conference on Metals in Genetics, Chemical Biology and Therapeutics
Location: Bangalore, India
Date: 17.02.2016 - 20.02.2016

PittCon 2016: 45th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
Location: Atlanta, GA, United States
Date: 06.03.2016 - 11.03.2016

ESAS 2016: European Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry
Location: Eger, Hungary
Date: 31.03.2016 - 02.04.2016

analytica 2016
Location: Munich, Germany
Date: 10.05.2016 - 13.05.2016

SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting
Location: Nantes, France,
Date: 22.05.2016 - 26.05.2016


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 !


SCK-CEN Belgium: Development and validation of HPLC-SF-ICP-MS methodologies for characterization of spent nuclear fuel
The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) recently opened its call for PhD and post-doc positions (2016 campaign). Two challenging research topics on SF-ICP-MS method development are offered for this purpose by the Radiochemistry expert group.

Umeå University: Mercury Biogeochemistry
Umea University, Department of Chemistry has an open position for a PhD student in the field of mercury biogeochemistry.




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 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.

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



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


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