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

Mercury is a toxic heavy metal being in the focus of EVISA's Speciation Newsletter nearly permanently. The reason is very simple: Mercury species belong to the most toxic chemical species and a very significant part of their release to our environment is man-made. Because of its special characteristics, being an element with a significant vapor pressure, it is part of our atmosphere and can travel long distances before being deposited. When discussing that atmospheric pollution is even reaching the oceans contaminating the fish and other marine organisms, we often heard the argument, that the "low" amount of mercury release to the atmosphere could not made responsible for contaminating the water masses of the oceans being thousands of meters deep. Researchers during the last decades have shown how mercury is entering the food web being present in the upper layers of the oceans, contaminating the whole system with high levels being reached depending on the trophic level of the organism. A University of Michigan-led research team now has shown that man-made mercury pollution is even reaching deep ocean organisms (see the news below).

Another group of metallic species solely released to the environment by human activity are gadolinium-based contrast agents used for medical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In order not to be metabolized in the human body these compounds are designed to be very stable, and therefore reach our aquatic environment to a big part unchanged. To follow the fate of these compounds through waste water treatment into the aquatic environment, highly sensitive and selective speciation analysis is required. A group of Japanese researchers now have developed a HILIC separation of Gadolinium-based contrast agents using an aqueous mobile phase that can easily be introduced into the ICP-MS for gadolinium detection (see the news below).

The next bigger conference, where normally such topics would have been discussed, is the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, originally scheduled for January 2021. Unfortunately, due to worldwide Coronavirus situation the EWCPS2021 has been postponed to 2023. We will keep you informed via our Diary of Events about the scheduling of conferences discussing topics related to speciation.

We thank you all for your interest and your fidelity and we hope that we can meet your expectation also during the next year.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous Year 2021

Your EVISA team

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.

Speciation analysis of Gadolinium-based contrast agents using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography hyphenated with inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry by avoiding organic solvents
A group of Japanese researchers have developed a HILIC separation of Gadolinium-based contrast agents using an aqueous mobile phase.

Man made mercury pollution is reaching even deep ocean organisms
The sinking carcasses of fish from near-surface waters deliver toxic mercury pollution to the most remote and inaccessible parts of the world’s oceans, including the deepest spot of them all: the 36,000-foot-deep Mariana Trench in the northwest Pacific.

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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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

HPLC 2021: 50th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separation and Related Techniques
Date:     June 20,2021 - June 24,2021
Location:     Düsseldorf, Germany
January 15,2021    Submission of abstracts for oral presentations
April 30,2021    Registration at reduced fee
May 15,2021    Submission of abstracts for late posters

CSI XLII: Colloquium Spectroscopicum Internationale XLII
Date:     June 20,2021 - June 25,2021
Location:     Gijon, Asturias (Spain)
January 15,2021    Submission of abstracts

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

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


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 !


University of Bern: Environmental Biogeochemistry/Soil Science to study the release and fate of antimony in soils upon flooding.
The Soil Science Group, Institute of Geography, University of Bern is looking for a motivated candidate who is interested in being part of our new project titled “Release, biomethylation and biovolatilization of antimony in soils. Drivers, mechanisms and global environmental implications.” This project is financed through an SNSF Project funding awarded to Prof. Dr. Adrien Mestrot and will take place at the Institute of Geography. It will take full advantage of the state-of-the-art analytical facilities present at our Institute (e.g. clean room, HPLC-ICP-MS, HPLC-ESI-MS, incubation facilities).

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.



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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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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