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

This month the focus of the newsletter is on arsenic speciation analysis. Human exposure to arsenic can be monitored via analysis of urine. Since the toxicity of arsenic is highly dependent on its speciation, meaningful risk analysis requires speciation analysis rather than total element determination. While HPLC-ICP-MS has been used for such analysis for more than 30 years, there is still room for improvement. Researcher from Spain were motivated to overcome some of the shortcomings by redesigning the procedure for the separation of six species (see the news below).

The sample preparation for urine was very simple and limited to ten-fold dilution. Unfortunately, the sample pretreatment for solid samples is much more complex. For such samples species have to be quantitatively extracted without influencing the speciation. Whether this can be achieved with ultrasonic-assisted extraction has been investigated by a group of Chinese researchers (see the news below).

Human exposure to arsenic is mainly via consumption of drinking water or contaminated food. Unfortunately, rice is often more significantly contaminated than other cereals. Researchers from the University of Sheffield (UK) now developed a new way of cooking rice to remove arsenic without reducing its nutritional value (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.

A highly selective and robust HPLC-ICP-MS arsenic speciation method for urine analysis
A group of Spanish researchers is proposing to use ammonium acetate as mobile phase for the speciation analysis of arsenic in urine by HPLC-ICP-MS.

Transformation of arsenic species during ultrasonic sample pretreatment
A group of Chinese researchers now studied the transformation kinetics of different arsenic species in aqueous solution by ultrasonic treatment in order to select optimum conditions for efficient extraction with minimum species transformation.

New way of cooking rice removes arsenic and retains mineral nutrients, study shows
Cooking rice in a certain way removes over 50 per cent of the naturally occurring arsenic in brown rice, and 74 per cent in white rice, according to new research.

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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ICBTECE 2021: 15. International Conference on Biogeochemistry, Trace Elements and Chemical Engineering

Date:     January 14,2021 - January 15,2021
Location:     Zurich, Switzerland
December 14,2020    Early registration at reduced fee

Virtual: PittCon 2021: 72th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
Date:     March 8,2021 - March 11,2021
Location:     New Orleans, LA
January 25,2021    Extended: Submission of abstracts

Virtual: SETAC Europe 31st Annual Meeting
Date:     May 3,2021 - May 6,2021
Location:     Virtual
December 2,2020    Submission of abstracts

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

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

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

Virtual: SETAC Europe 31st Annual Meeting
Location: Virtual
Date: 03.05.2021 - 06.05.2021

ISABC 2021: 16th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry
Location: Ioannina, Greece
Date: 06.06.2021 - 09.06.2021

69th ASMS Conference
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: 06.06.2021 - 10.06.2021


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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.



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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