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

We apologize that this month Speciation Newsletter is one week late. The coronavirus pandemic has change all our lives drastically, starting from working from the home rather than  in the office and as everyone else, we are trying to do the most important things first.

For those of you, who can find the time to follow our Speciation newsletter, we would like to report about two new publications, related to mercury speciation analysis. The first one is reporting about the possibility to use dried blood spots (DBS) for mercury speciation analysis (see the news below). While we have observed, that mercury can easily be lost from some sample types during drying, a group of North American researchers report that DBS can be used for quantitative mercury speciation analysis. The reason for such stability seems to be the fact that mercury species in blood are complexed by low and high molecular thiols, preventing volatilization during the drying and storage of dried blood samples.

In order to investigate such complexes with thiols, researchers from Sweden and Vietnam developed a sensitive and selective method for their speciation analysis. Using an online preconcentration technique, they were able to reach limits of detection at the pM level and could identify some low molecular thiol complexes with methylmercury in the extracellular milieu of an important HgII methylating bacterium, Geobacter sulfurreducens PCA (see the news below).

As can be seen from EVISA's diary of events, all events until May are either canceleed, postponed or modified to take place only on the internet.
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.

Determination of methylmercury complexes with low molecular mass thiols
Researchers from Sweden and Vietnam developed a sensitive and selective method for the speciation of methylmercury-thiol complexes found in the extracellular milieu of methylating bacteria.

Mercury Speciation Analysis of Dried Blood Spot Samples
North American researchers investigated, whether human dried blood spot (DBS) samples can be used for mercury speciation analysis.

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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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

BioMetals 2020: 12th International Biometals Symposium
Date:     July 5,2020 - July 9,2020
Location:     Villard de Lans (France)
April 1,2020    Submission of abstracts
April 15,2020    Early registration at reduced fee

EWLA2020: 15th European Workshop on Laser Ablation
Date:     July 7,2020 - July 10,2020
Location:     Bern, Switzerland
April 15,2020    Early registration at reduced fee
April 15,2020    Submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations
May 15,2020    Notifification of acceptance
June 15,2020    Submission of abstracts for late poster presentation

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

SETAC Europe 30th Annual Meeting
Location: Virtual
Date: 03.05.2020 - 07.05.2020

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

68th ASMS Conference
Location: Houston, Texas
Date: 31.05.2020 - 04.06.2020


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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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