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

This month speciation newsletter is devoted to arsenic speciation. Arsenic has a very rich chemistry and more than 100 arsenic compounds have been identified in the biosphere.  The different compounds also differ widely in their toxicity, spanning the level from harmless as table salt to carcinogen. For a meaningful risk assessment of the presence of arsenic in drinking water or food the total arsenic concentration is not sufficient information, instead quantitative information of the arsenic species is mandatory. Inorganic arsenic in general is much more toxic than organic species.

Most important exposure routes for inorganic arsenic are via drinking water and staple food such as rice. A new study indicated that more than half of rice varieties sold in the UK contained levels of arsenic higher than regulations allow for babies and children under five (see the news below). Scientists call for labelling to warn of particular risk to infants and young children. Infants are especially vulnerable, when rice milk is given as an alternative for milk. To evaluate the health risks by consuming rice milk, Brazilian researchers have developed an analytical method for arsenic species in rice milk using HPLC-ICP-MS. Its main features are fast analysis, simple sample preparation and adequate accuracy and precision (see the news below).

Most of the techniques for arsenic speciation analysis are based on atomic spectrometry coupled with a separation technique. The most frequently used detection technique is Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). A new study reports the development of a method for the determination of the main toxic arsenic compounds in water samples by capillary electrophoresis coupled to electrospray mass spectrometry (see the news below). Such instrumentation is certainly available in more laboratories than HPLC-ICP-MS.

As can be seen from EVISA's diary of events, all events until June are either cancelled, 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 arsenic species in water by means of capillary electrophoresis coupled to electrospray mass spectrometry
A new study reports the development of a method for the determination of the main toxic arsenic compounds in water samples by capillary electrophoresis coupled to electrospray mass spectrometry.

Arsenic speciation analysis in rice milk
Brazilian researchers have developed an analytical method for arsenic species in rice milk using LC-ICP-MS. Its main features are fast analysis, simple sample preparation and adequate accuracy and precision.

Half of the rice sold in the UK breaches limits on arsenic for children
More than half of rice varieties sold in the UK contained levels of arsenic higher than regulations allow for babies and children under five. Scientists call for labelling to warn of particular risk to infants and young children.

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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64th ICASS: 64th International Conference for Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy
Date:     August 10,2020 - August 12,2020
Location:     Kingston, Ontario, Canada
May 31,2020    Submission of abstracts
May 31,2020    Early registration at reduced fee

Date:     September 8,2020 - September 11,2020
Location:     Palais Beaumont, Pau, France
May 31,2020    Submission of abstracts
June 30,2020    Early registration at reduced fee

SciX 2020
Date:     October 11,2020 - October 16,2020
Location:     Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks, NV
May 31,2020    Extended: Submission of abstracts for oral contributions
July 31,2020    Submission of abstracts for poster contzributions
September 21,2020    Early registration at reduced fee

ICHMET 2020: 20th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment
Date:     October 25,2020 - October 29,2020
Location:     Korea University, Seoul, Korea
May 31,2020    Early registration at reduced fee
May 31,2020    Submission of abstracts

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

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

Second Workshop on Laser Bioimaging Mass Spectrometry - BI(MS)2 2020
Location: Münster, Germany
Date: 04.06.2020 - 05.06.2020

10th Nordic Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Loen, Norway
Date: 07.06.2020 - 10.06.2020

HPLC 2020: 50th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques
Location: San Diego, California, USA
Date: 20.06.2020 - 25.06.2020

ESAS 2020: European Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Date: 23.06.2020 - 26.06.2020


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Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria: TecEUS – Technology-critical Elements in Urban Spheres
Montanuniversität Leoben is offering a PhD position with the topic: Technology-critical elements in urban spheres’ in the field of analytical chemistry with a strong focus on mass spectrometry in a young
team within a highly transdisciplinary FWF-funded project.

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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