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

Engineered nanomaterials have found numerous applications in consumer products of daily life, as well as medical applications and treatments. The widespread use leads also to significant release to the environment. Analytical methods for the characterization of nanomaterials as well as their determination in biological and environmental samples are therefore highly requested. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), as one of the most sensitive technique for multielement determinations therefore plays a growing role as as versatile tool for such tasks, especially since modern instruments allow for very short measurement times below 1 ms, capable of single-particle detection (sp-ICP-MS). Researchers from the University of Münster and Antwerp now have studied the processes taking place in the ICP when single nanoparticles are injected one-by-one. The results of their study will hopefully improve the method with respect to working range and accuracy (see the news below).

Another field of speciation analysis is the determination of isotope ratios. To measure the isotope ratios not only for a trace element like mercury in fish but for a species such as methylmercury is a challenging tasks. Scientists from the EVISA member organization LGC in the UK have now developed a method for highly precise mercury isotope ratio measurements for methylmercury in fish. The proposed method based on HPLC separation is avoiding derivatization that might create isotope fractionation effects (see the news below).

The retention of gadolinium in the body and especially the brain of patients having received gadolinium-based contrast agents for medical diagnostic imaging is a hot topic under investigation. The South Korean Government has now announced the ban of 13 linear gadolinium compounds for MRI until the end of the year (see the news below).

Topics like these will be discussed during the International Symposium on Metallomics, taking place next year end of June in Warsaw.  The call for abstracts is open (see the conference website at metallomics2019.pl).  

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 information 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.

Single particle detection by ICP-MS: From particles via ion clouds to signals
Researchers from the Universities of Münster and Antwerp have studied the ICP-MS signal generation from gold nanoparticles of different size both experimentally and by plasma modeling.

Mercury isotope ratio measurements of methylmercury in fish
A method for mercury isotope ratio measurements for methylmercury in fish based on HPLC combined with MC-ICP-MS has been developed by UK-based scientists from LGC.

South Korea: 13 gadolinium contrast agents banned until year-end
The South Korea government said it would ban 13 linear gadolinium contrast agents used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests until the end of this year.

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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SciX 2018: The Great Scientific Exchange
Date:     October 21,2018 - October 26,2018
Location:     Atlanta, GA, USA
September 28,2018    Early registration at discounted rate

6th FFF-MS Workshop
Date:     November 22,2018 - November 23,2018
Location:     Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) in Koblenz, Germany
October 15,2018    Submission of abstracts
October 31,2018    Registration

18th European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry 2019
Date:     February 3,2019 - February 8,2019
Location:     Pau, France
September 30,2018    Submission of abstracts
October 31,2018    Notification of acceptance for oral and poster presentations
November 15,2018    Early registration at reduced fee
January 10,2019    Submission of abstracts for late poster presentations

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

SIMS Europe 2018
Location: Münster, Germany
Date: 16.09.2018 - 18.09.2018

ISC 2018: 32nd International Symposium on Chromatography
Location: Cannes-Mandelieu, France
Date: 23.09.2018 - 27.09.2018

Copper 2018: 11th International Copper Meeting
Location: Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento, Naples, Italy.
Date: 23.09.2018 - 28.09.2018

SciX 2018: The Great Scientific Exchange
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Date: 21.10.2018 - 26.10.2018

ISPTS2018: 15th International Symposium on Persistent Toxic Substances
Location: Basel, Switzerland
Date: 06.11.2018 - 09.11.2018

6th FFF-MS Workshop
Location: Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) in Koblenz, Germany
Date: 22.11.2018 - 23.11.2018


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 !


IMR/DTU (Denmark): Marine feed resources
At the Institute of Marine Research we currently have a vacancy for a 3 year PhD position to work on new marine feed resources and determination of heavy metals and arsenic speciation.


IPREM, Pau, France: Environmental Sciences
The scietific team around Marie-Pierre Isaure at IPREM (Pau, France) is looking for a postdoctorial fellow that will work on both imaging and spectroscopy.

University of Crete: Marie Curie Fellowship
The group of Spiros A. Pergantis is currently seeking junior or experienced post-docs with an excellent track record in Analytical, Bioanalytical or Physical Chemistry, that are eligible and willing to apply for a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship. The group has hosted 5 Marie Curie postdoctoral fellows so far and has the expertise to prepare competitive research proposals under the MSCA scheme for the following research project:
“Ion Mobility Spectrometry on-line with Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry: A New Analytical Tool for Studying Physicochemical Matrix Effects Occurring in an Inductively Coupled Plasma, for Determining Metal Containing Nanoparticles and Metalloproteins”


BAM, Berlin: Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in der Fachrichtung Chemie oder vergleichbar
Zur Verstärkung des Teams im Fachbereich „Anorganische Spurenanalytik“ in Berlin-Adlershof sucht die BAM eine/n

Wissenschaftliche/n Mitarbeiter/in der Fachrichtung Chemie oder vergleichbar

Entgeltgruppe 13 TVöD
Zeitvertrag bis zum 30.06.2022

CEA-Saclay: Development of a nuclearised instrumental platform and associated methods to analyse actinide-peptide species of interest in nuclear toxicology
A Post-doctoral position is open in the Department of Physical Chemistry at CEA-Saclay (10-20 km near Paris).

NC State University (North Carolina, USA): Biogenic Metal Chelators in the Environment
The Baars Group (https://baarslab.wordpress.ncsu.edu) invite applications for a postdoctoral position to study biologically secreted metabolites that are triggered by abiotic and biotic interactions in the environment.

Prague, Czech Republic: Trace elemental and speciation analysis based on atomic spectrometry mainly in biomedical and environmental fields
The Department of Trace Element Analysis of the Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences is looking for postdoctorial fellows. The research is focused on (i) development of promising aspects of generation, preconcentration and atomization of volatile compounds for trace elemental and speciation analysis by atomic spectrometry methods (AAS, AFS and ICP-MS) and (ii) application of methods of trace elemental and speciation analysis based on atomic spectrometry mainly in biomedical and environmental fields.

University of Aberdeen, Scotland: Speciation analysis
The TESLA Laboratory at the University of Aberdeen is looking for three postdocs to work within three different projects.


Burgos, Spain: Uranium Series Researcher
CENIEH offers a permanent position as Uranium Series Researcher to work on their U-Series Research line and focused on develop new techniques and dating methods which enhance the analytical capacity in the field of Geochronology.


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More than 290 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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