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

This month we continue our series on "tools for speciation analysis". The ideal tool provides information about the molecular structure and concentration of a species directly from a solid sample materials without the need for laborious sample preparation. Unfortunately such techniques are not available and we therefore have to use more than one technique to collect the information. For the determination of mercury species in solid sample materials such as soils and sediments, thermal desorption analysis is often proposed (see the News below). While the technique provides information about the desorption temperature of different mercury phases, this information cannot be assigned to different mercury species but only different fractions of mercury compounds.

While IUPAC clearly defines that "speciation analysis" has to provide information about the identity and quantity of a chemical species, many authors use the term whenever they try to provide information beyond the total element concentration. Most of the time the additional information is meant to classify the present concentration of an element into categories such as "available - not available", "mobile - immobile", "toxic - nontoxic" depending on the aim of the analysis. Such type of classification is the typical aim of "fractionation analysis" rather than "speciation analysis" and should be named accordingly in order to avoid confusion.

Scientists working in the field of "mercury speciation" will meet in July at the 13th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant. Early registration at reduced fee is still available until May 31.


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.

Mercury "speciation analysis" by using thermal desorption analysis
Thermal desorption analysis for mercury is a method to obtain information about different mercury fractions in solid samples by separating them based on their desorption temperature.

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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Metallomics 2017: The 6th International Symposium on Metallomics
Date:     August 14,2017 - August 17,2017
Location:     University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
May 1,2017    Extended: Submission of abstracts
May 15,2017    Early registration at reduced fee

EUROANALYSIS 2017: XIXth European Conference in Analytical Chemistry
Date:     August 28,2017 - September 1,2017
Location:     Stockholm, Sweden
April 30,2017    Early registration at reduced fee
May 15,2017    Submission of abstracts for poster presntations

2017 SciX Conference: 44th Annual North American Meeting of the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS)
Date:     September 8,2017 - September 13,2017
Location:     Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
April 30,2017    Submission of abstracts for oral presentations
July 31,2017    Submission of abstracts for poster presentations
September 21,2017    Early registration at reduced fee

IMA-2017: International Conference on Instrumental Methods of Analysis
Date:     September 17,2017 - September 21,2017
Location:     Heraklion, Crete, Greece
April 30,2017    Submission of abstracts
May 20,2017    Notification of acceptance
June 5,2017    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.

NAWLA2015: 2nd North American Workshop on Laser Ablation
Location: University of Texas at Austin, USA.
Date: 25.05.2017 - 27.05.2017

65th ASMS: Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics
Location: Indiana Convention Center located at 100 S. Capitol, Indianapolis, IN 46225.
Date: 04.06.2017 - 08.06.2017

ISABC14: 14th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry
Location: Toulouse, France
Date: 07.06.2017 - 10.06.2017

CSI XL: Colloquium Spectroscopicum Internationale XL
Location: Pisa, Italy
Date: 11.06.2017 - 16.06.2017

EMSLIBS: 9th Euro-Mediterranean Symposium LIBS
Location: Congress Palace, Pisa, Italy
Date: 11.06.2017 - 16.06.2017

HPLC 2017: 45th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Date: 18.06.2017 - 22.06.2017


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 !


Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde (BfG): Diplom-/Masterarbeit: Entwicklung von speziesanalytischen Methoden zum Nachweis und Untersuchung von metallbasierten Antifouling Bioziden in aquatischen Matrizes
Ziel der ausgeschriebenen Diplom-/Masterarbeit (Chemie, Umweltwissenschaften und verwandten Studiengängen) ist die Entwicklung komplementärer speziesanalytischer Methoden zur Identifizierung und Quantifizierung relevanter metallbasierter Biozide und Spezies der Verbindungen in aquatischen Matrizes.

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.



National Research Council Canada: Research Associate, Analytical Chemistry
We are looking to fill one or more Research Associate (RA) positions to support our Measurement Science and Standards Portfolio. The RA would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.


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.



EVISA provides an easy access to external information. Our database contains more than 2750 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.


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