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

The Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) is one of the workhorses for trace element and speciation analysis. Due to its  impressive detection power, high selectivity and isotope detection capability, the technique is applied in a broad range of applications for trace and ultratrace element determinations. By hyphenating the powerful detection system with a separation module such as gas or liquid chromatography,  the application field can even be enlarged towards speciation analysis (see EVISA brief summary on LC-ICP-MS and GC-ICP-MS). The high sensitivity and selectivity provided by the hyphenated system can then be exploited for the determination of organometallic compounds, organic compounds containing heteroatoms, or even biomolecules with an elemental label.  One of the nice features of ICP-MS is its capability for compound-independent calibration (CIC), that often allows to quantify without having a compound standard. A group of Chinese researchers now explored whether CIC can be used to quantify polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) by using GC-ICP-MS (see the news below).

The important role of elements and their species in living organisms is the target of ongoing research.  Mapping elements in biological tissues with high spatial resolution is a first step to gain information about tissue structure, organization and function. While quiet sensitive techniques are available for mapping elements (e.g. laser ablation-ICP-MS, µXRF) better information than just the elemental distribution is needed. A group of US researchers now reported results obtained by coupled µ-XRF and X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) for determining sulfur species in coral tissues (see the news below).

The capabilities of plasma-based techniques such as ICP-MS will be discussed during the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry taking place in early February next year in Pau (France). There is still time to submit poster contributions (until January 10) or to register at reduced fee (today !).

The role of trace metals in life science will be discussed during the 7th International Symposium on Metallomics, taking place June 30 to July 3rd next year in  Warsaw (Poland). Abstracts can be submitted until November 30. 


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.

Imaging and Identification of Sulfur Species within Corals by X-ray Spectroscopy
A group of US researchers reported results obtained by coupled micro X-ray fluorescence (µXRF) and X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) for determining the presence of specific sulfur species in coral tissues at high spatial resolution.

Quantification of polybrominated diphenyl ethers by means of GC-ICP-MS
A group of chinese researchers demonstrated that polybrominated diphenyl ethers can be quantified accurately by using compound-independent calibration under optimized conditions for GC-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...

Date:     February 3,2019 - February 8,2019
Location:     Pau, France
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

Date:     March 25,2019 - March 28,2019
Location:     Münster, Germany
November 17,2018    Submission of abstracts

FESTEM 2019: 7th International Symposium of the Federation of European Societies on Trace Elements and Minerals together with 35th Annual GMS Meeting
Date:     April 2,2019 - April 5,2019
Location:     Potsdam/Germany
November 30,2018    Submission of abstracts
December 31,2018    Early registration at reduced fee

ISM 2019: 7th International Symposium on Metallomics
Date:     June 30,2019 - July 3,2019
Location:     Warsaw University of Technlogy, Poland
November 30,2018    Submision of abstracts
January 15,2019    Notification of acceptance
February 28,2019    Early registration at reduced fee

CEST 2019: 16th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology
Date:     September 4,2019 - September 7,2019
Location:     Rhodes Island, Greece
December 12,2018    Submission of abstracts
June 5,2019    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.

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

18th European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry 2019
Location: Pau, France
Date: 03.02.2019 - 08.02.2019

PittCon 2019: 70th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: 17.03.2019 - 21.03.2019

Location: Münster, Germany
Date: 25.03.2019 - 28.03.2019

FESTEM 2019: 7th International Symposium of the Federation of European Societies on Trace Elements and Minerals together with 35th Annual GMS Meeting
Location: Potsdam/Germany
Date: 02.04.2019 - 05.04.2019

ISABC15: 15th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry
Location: Nara, Japan
Date: 02.06.2019 - 05.06.2019


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 !



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”


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.


Trent University, Canada: tenure track faculty position in the field of Environmental Chemistry
Trent University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the field of Environmental Chemistry to be cross-appointed in the Trent School of The Environment (TSE) and the Department of Chemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor to start July 1, 2019.


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 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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