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

This month newsletter is devoted to arsenic speciation analysis. Arsenic is one of WHO’s 10 chemicals of major public health concern. Human exposure to arsenic is mainly via drinking water and food, calling for effective analysis and control. Arsenic toxicity is heavily dependent on the species present, making total arsenic determination not informative enough for meaningful risk assessment. Unfortunately, most element selective detection techniques are not species selective and therefore require to be combined with a separation technique. The required separation of species prior to their detection is reducing the sample throughput of the analysis considerably, making it more costlier. For this reason, optimization of the separation with respect to resolution and analysis time is a major issue for method development. Now, researchers from Italy propose to use frontal chromatography for fast separation of inorganic arsenic species. The principle advantage of the technique is the simple instrumental setup providing high sample throughput (see the news below).

Obtaining accurate quantification in speciation analysis is another issue for method development. External calibration requires appropriate standards. When plasma conditions change during the analysis time due to matrix coeluting with species, external calibration calls for standards for each species or an effective internal standard. The most effective procedure for internal standardization for speciation analysis is post-column isotope dilution, which unfortunately cannot be applied for arsenic because it is mono-isotopic. Now researchers from Czech Republic propose selenium as an internal standard for arsenic determination (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 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.

Accurate determination of arsenic and its species by internal standardization for quantification by ICP-MS
Researcher from the Czech Republic propose to use selenium as an internal standard to correct ionization interferences degrading the determination of arsenic and its species.

Fast speciation analysis of inorganic arsenic by using frontal chromatography for separation
Researchers from Italy propose to use frontal chromatography for fast separation of inorganic arsenic species. The principle advantage of the technique is the simple instrumental setup providing high sample throughput.

Chemical Speciation Modeling
Chemical speciation modeling tries to predict the compositition of a system using thermodynamic data, reaction kinetics and transport phenomena.

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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7th Workshop on Field-Flow Fractionation – Mass Spectrometry (FFF-MS)
Date:     November 28,2019 - November 29,2019
Location:     Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig, Germany
October 31,2019    Registration

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

15th Rio Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry
Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Date: 06.10.2019 - 11.10.2019

SciX 2019
Location: Palm Springs Convention Center
Date: 13.10.2019 - 18.10.2019

RAFA 2019: 9th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Date: 05.11.2019 - 08.11.2019

7th Workshop on Field-Flow Fractionation – Mass Spectrometry (FFF-MS)
Location: Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig, Germany
Date: 28.11.2019 - 29.11.2019

2020 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date: 12.01.2020 - 18.01.2020

PittCon 2020: 71th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 01.03.2020 - 05.03.2020


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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).


Glass Expansion: European Operations Manager
Glass Expansion is a world leader in the design, manufacture and support of sample introduction system for ICP-OES and ICP-MS. It is establishing a new European office and distribution centre in Weilburg, Germany to provide technical and logistical support to our existing OEM, distributor and end-users around Europe. This newly created position is available for someone to set-up the new facilities, engage the team and then manage the new organization.


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