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

The hyphenated technique HPLC-ICP-MS is a very versatile tool for speciation analysis, since the ICP-MS is a very sensitive detection technique for nearly all elements of the periodic system and HPLC provides a broad range of separation mechanisms, capable of separation of a variety of different species. While in principle ICP-MS can also detect non-metals such as sulphur, phosphor and the halogens, these elements can only be detected with much reduced detection power due to several problems such as reduced ionization efficiency or spectral interferences due to polyatomic interferents. Modern techniques such as the triple quadrupole technique leading to much improved selectivity can provide enhanced detection power in such cases. Researchers from the University of Graz have now explored the sulphur speciation in wine by HPLC-ICPMS/MS (see the news below).

Another element that has found only moderate attention is thallium. This is surprising, since thallium is one of the 13 priority metal pollutants listed by the US EPA and for mammals is known to be more toxic than Hg(II), Pb(II) or Cd(II). Chinese researchers now have compared and optimized different separation procedures for the determination of Tl(I) and Tl(III) species in water samples (see the news below).

Hexavalent chromium, known to be carcinogenic, has found much more attention and several legislation is in place to limit human exposure.  One of the exposure routes being of high concern is contaminated drinking water. A group of US researchers have investigated nearly 1,400 drinking water wells across North Carolina and their results indicate that more than half of the wells in the state’s central region contain levels of cancer-causing hexavalent chromium in excess of state safety standards (see the news below).  

The next event to discuss such topics is the Winter Conference for Plasma Spectrochemistry, which will take place January 12-18, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona.   It is still time to register.


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.

Half of Piedmont drinking wells may exceed NC's hexavalent chromium standards
A new study which combines measurements from nearly 1,400 drinking water wells across North Carolina estimates that more than half of the wells in the state’s central region contain levels of cancer-causing hexavalent chromium in excess of state safety standards.

Determination of Thallium Speciation in Water Samples by HPLC-ICP-MS
Chinese scientists have optimized a method for the determination of Tl(I) and Tl(III) in water samples.

HPLC-ICPMS/MS as a versatile tool for the speciation of non-metals: Sulfur species in wine
Researchers from the University of Graz have explored the sulfur speciation in wine by HPLC-ICPMS/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.
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2020 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Date:     January 12,2020 - January 18,2020
Location:     Tucson, Arizona
December 6,2019    Hotel reservation
December 13,2019    Regular registration

16th International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology
Date:     January 29,2020 - January 31,2020
Location:     Ghent, Belgium
January 19,2020    Registration

SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting
Date:     May 3,2020 - May 7,2020
Location:     Dublin, Ireland
November 27,2019    Submission of abstracts

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

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

16th International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Date: 29.01.2020 - 31.01.2020

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

analytica 2020: 27th International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and analytica conference
Location: Munich, Germany
Date: 31.03.2020 - 03.04.2020

SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Date: 03.05.2020 - 07.05.2020


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).


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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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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