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

Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) are valuable tools for the quality assurance in analytical chemistry.  Mercury is a global pollutant and classified by the World Health Organization as a major public health concern. Human biomonitoring is requested in order to evaluate actual exposure to the toxin. Considering the demands of human biomonitoring of hair for mercury and other elements, an international group of researchers developed a CRM for mercury speciation analysis with extended certification to cover some elements with toxicological and nutritional significance (see the news below).

Arsenic is a naturally occurring element in the environment that can enter the food supply through soil, water or air. While cereals made from wheat and other grains sometimes contain arsenic, rice cereals can be especially high because rice absorbs up to 10 times more of the heavy metal from the soil than other grains do. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved its guidance level on inorganic arsenic in rice cereals for infants.  The FDA has concluded that good manufacturing practices can reliably produce rice cereals with no more than 100 µg/kg (ppb) inorganic arsenic (see the news below).

Organotin compounds (OTCs) represent an essential class of organometallics in modern life. Due to their versatile characteristics, OTCs have been widely used in industry and agriculture since the 1950s, with an annual production surpassing 50 000 tons in the late 90's. Unfortunately, it was recognized only lately that some of those chemicals have the ability to mimic or antagonize the action of hormones, thus affecting the normal functioning of organisms leading to deleterious effects. A group of researchers from the University of Münster developed a new approach for speciation analysis of organotins based on a mild size exclusion chromatographic (SEC) separation coupled to inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and native electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). Using these complementary techniques, even weak interactions of OTCs with model proteins were investigated (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.

New Human Hair Reference Material Supporting the Biomonitoring of Methylmercury
An international group of researchers have developed a new human hair reference material for mercury speciation analysis.

FDA Approves Inorganic Arsenic Limits in Baby Rice Cereal
The Food and Drug Administration announced recently the availability of a final guidance for industry entitled “Inorganic Arsenic in Rice Cereals for Infants" defining an Action Level of 100 ppb.

Speciation analysis by mass spectrometry for studying organotin-protein interactions
A group of German researchers from Münster has used the combination of speciation analysis and native mass spectrometry as a tool to study diverse interactions of environmentally relevant organotin compounds with proteins.

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

Virtual: SciX 2020
Location: Nugget Casino Resort, Sparks, NV
Date: 11.10.2020 - 16.10.2020

Virtual: analytica 2020: 27th International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and analytica conference
Location: Munich, Germany
Date: 19.10.2020 - 22.10.2020

ICHMET 2020: 20th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment
Location: Korea University, Seoul, Korea
Date: 25.10.2020 - 29.10.2020

ICBTECE 2021: 15. International Conference on Biogeochemistry, Trace Elements and Chemical Engineering
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Date: 14.01.2021 - 15.01.2021

Postponed: EWCPS-2021: European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Lubljana, Slovenia
Date: 31.01.2021 - 05.02.2021

PittCon 2021: 72th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
Location: New Orleans, LA
Date: 08.03.2021 - 11.03.2021


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 !


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.



IDAEA Barcelona: Talent Attraction
The Department of Environmental Chemistry at IDAEA-CSIC seeks national and international talented researchers to join its Faculty at a postdoctoral or senior level.

National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana: Laser ablation- ICP-MS
A Postdoctoral Position is open in the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia.



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