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

Speciation analysis by using HPLC-ICP-MS very often is performed for determining the different species of a single element. The reason for such limitation is simple: conditions for sample preparation and separation for different element species cannot easily be optimised under a single set of parameters. In case that different elemental species have to be determined in the same sample, often different extraction and HPLC-ICP-MS methods have to be applied, making analysis time consuming and costly. Japanese researchers now have proposed a method for simultaneous determination of arsenic and mercury species in edible fish oil (see the news below).

Another type of pollutants entering the aquatic environment are cyclic volatile methyl siloxanes (cVMS), which are used besides many other applications in personal care products. To reduce emission to the environment, the use of octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) in wash-off cosmetic products in concentrations ≥0.1% by weight is prohibited in the EU since January 31, 2020 (EU Regulation 2018/35). German researchers now developed a method based on HPLC-ICP-MS/MS for the quantification of the cVMS D4, D5 and dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6) in German freshwater fish (see the news below). From their results for the last two decades, not only the most polluted rivers in Germany can be identified but also it can be concluded that the level of pollution is declining since the last 5-10 years.

The next important meetings, where scientists will discuss methods for speciation analysis will happen in the beginning of march. The 53rd annual conference of the DGMS will take place in Münster (Germany) and at the same time the 71th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy will take place in Chicago (USA). For further information on events please consult EVISA's Diary of Events.
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.

Simultaneous speciation analysis of inorganic arsenic and methylmercury in edible fish oil by high-performance liquid chromatography–inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
Japanese researchers developed a method for the determination of arsenic and mercury species in fish oil within a single HPLC-ICP-MS run.

Cyclic volatile methylsiloxanes in archived German freshwater fish samples covering a period of two decades
German researchers developed a method for quantification of the cyclic volatile methylsiloxanes octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4), decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5), and dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6) in German freshwater fish.

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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Date:     May 12,2020 - May 15,2020
Location:     Palais Beaumont, Pau, France
February 28,2020    Submission of abstracts
April 12,2020    Early registration at reduced fee

ISCC 2020: 44th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography
Date:     May 24,2020 - May 29,2020
Location:     Riva del Garda, Italy
February 21,2020    Submission of abstracts for oral presentation
March 1,2020    Submission of abstracts for poster presentations
March 1,2020    Early registration at reduced fee
March 21,2020    Notification of acceptance

ESAS 2020: European Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry
Date:     June 23,2020 - June 26,2020
Location:     Warsaw, Poland
February 21,2020    Extended: Submission of abstracts
March 15,2020    Notification of acceptance
March 30,2020    Early registration at reduced fee

HPLC 2020: 50th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques
Date:     June 20,2020 - June 25,2020
Location:     San Diego, California, USA
January 20,2020    Submission of abstracts for oral presentations
March 16,2020    Submission of abstracts for poster presentations
March 20,2020    Early-bird registration at lowest fees

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

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

DGMS 2020: 53rd annual conference of the DGMS
Location: Münster, Germany
Date: 01.03.2020 - 04.03.2020

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

Location: Palais Beaumont, Pau, France
Date: 12.05.2020 - 15.05.2020

ISCC 2020: 44th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography
Location: Riva del Garda, Italy
Date: 24.05.2020 - 29.05.2020


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Europe: Mercury Biogeochemistry
The EU H2020 programme is financing a Marie-Curie training network on 'mercury biogeochemistry' over the next four years (2020-2023). A total of 15 PhD positions are open throughout Europe on a variety of topics, some including ICPMS or mass spectrometry.



U.S. FDA: PostDoc with experience in single particle ICP-MS
The US Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (College Park, Md) seeks a postdoctoral analytical chemist with experience in single particle ICP-MS.

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).


LGC, Teddington, UK: Researcher Inorganic Mass Spectrometry (6702)
LGC is offering a position for a researcher joining its Inorganic Analysis team.

Nestle, Lausanne, Switzerland: Minerals & Metals Specialist
Nestlé Research is seeking a Minerals & Metals Specialist to support its research strategy.

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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