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

The hyphenated technique HPLC-ICP-MS is the most often used technique for speciation analysis. The detection system ICP-MS provides high sensitivity for a broad range of elements combined with the possibility to evaluate isotope ratios. Since the ICP is destroying the molecules, speciation information however is lost. For this reason, information about the different species has to be provided by separation of the species by the HPLC system. The destruction of the molecules has also one positive effect: in general, the elemental sensitivity is not influenced by the species present in the sample. This effect allows for compound independent calibration (CIC) making elemental quantification of even unknown species possible.   However, CIC can only be achieved when different species are measured under the same plasma conditions. When using HPLC for sample introduction, separation of different components may lead to changing plasma conditions during the chromatographic run. This is especially the case when using gradient elution conditions. Also signal intensity might be changing over long time periods as observed when performing chromatography. Researchers from LGC Ltd. (UK) now have developed a calibration method that can correct for on-column analyte losses and signal drift and can be applied with any detection system capable of recording transient signals (see the news below).

Speciation analysis by HPLC-ICP-MS can only be used for the analysis of liquid samples. Solid samples have to be extracted. Extraction efficiency is a real problem for speciation analysis, especially when species are strongly bound to the sample matrix, calling for relative harsh conditions for extraction that might degrade the species to be extracted. Researchers from Germany and France have now developed a strategy to gain species information even when species are degraded during extraction. The researchers used the approach to gain information about the gadolinium species retained in bone matrix after application of MRI contrast agents (see the news below).

The holiday season is finished and conferences and symposia are ahead. Indeed, some conferences scheduled for September and later of the year are foreseen as meetings with personal presence. EVISA's Agenda of Events is frequently updated in order to keep you informed about the organization of relevant events.

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 Strategy for Speciation Analysis of Gadolinium retained in Bone after Application of MR Contrast Agents
Researchers from Germany and France have developed a strategy to obtain information about gadolinium species that degrade during extraction from bone tissue.

On-column internal standardisation as an alternative calibration strategy for speciation analysis
Researchers from LGC Ltd. (UK) developed a calibration method for speciation analysis using chromatographic separation that can correct for on-column analyte losses and signal drift and can be applied with any detector capable of recording time-resolved data, provided that enough species resolution can be achieved.

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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ASMS 2021: 69th ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics
Date:     October 31,2021 - November 4,2021
Location:     Pennsylvania Convention Center | Philadelphia, PA
September 30,2021    Advanced Registration at reduced fee

HTC-17: 17th International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology

Date:     January 26,2022 - January 28,2022
Location:     Pand Conference Center in Ghent, Belgium
September 15,2021    Submission of abstracts for oral presentations
October 15,2021    Submission of abstracts for poster presentations
November 1,2021    Early registtration at reduced fee
January 19,2022    Registration

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

Postponed: ISEAC-41: International Conference on Environmental and Food Monitoring
Location: Regensburg, Germany
Date: 13.09.2021 - 17.09.2021

Postponed: Copper 2021
Location: Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Sorrento, Naples, Italy
Date: 19.09.2021 - 24.09.2021

Virtual: IMA-2021 - International Conference on Instrumental Analysis
Location: Virtual
Date: 20.09.2021 - 23.09.2021

6. interdisziplinäres Doktorandenseminar des Deutschen Arbeitskreises für Analytische Spektroskopie (DAAS)
Location: Virtual
Date: 20.09.2021 - 21.09.2021

SCIX 2021
Location: Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
Date: 26.09.2021 - 01.10.2021

Atomic Spectroscopy Virtual Symposium ‘E is for Early Career’
Location: Virtual (2-3.30 pm UK time)
Date: 05.10.2021 - 05.10.2021


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 !


15 PhD research positions in ice core-related climate science available within MSCA-ITN DEEPICE project
The DEEPICE project (Research and training network on understanding Deep icE corE Proxies to Infer past antarctiC climatE dynamics), funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Innovative Training Network) calls for applications for 15 fully funded PhD positions (early-stage researcher, ESR) to be filled by October 2021, with attractive complementary training activities and associated research and travel budgets.

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.



Brooks Applied Labs, Bothell, WA, USA: Research Chemist
Brooks Applied Labs (BAL), an analytical laboratory in the Seattle area specializing in trace metals and speciation analysis, has a unique Research Chemist opportunity available. This position offers the opportunity to work in a commercial laboratory while pursuing individual research related to the analytical chemistry using Laser Ablation and Multi Collector ICPMS.

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, Guildford, Surrey, UK: Senior Healthcare Scientist
The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust is looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and highly-motivated scientist to join the Supra-Regional Assay Service (SAS) Trace Element Laboratory, as part of the Wilson’s Disease Centre of Excellence at the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford.


Brooks Applied Labs, Bothell, WA, USA: Metals Chemist with ICP-MS Experience
Brooks Applied Labs, an analytical chemistry laboratory located in Bothell, specializing in trace metals and speciation analysis to support the environmental, food and pharmaceutical market sectors, is looking for an analytical wizard with working experience on ICP-MS instrumentation to join our team.

Agilent University - Customer Education Trainer /ICPMS (m/f/d)
The full-time, permanent position, based in Germany, is available as soon as possible. Living nearby Waldbronn site is preferred. The role will be part head-office based, part working remotely combined with the travel to customer sites.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY: Associate Professor
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York is seeking an experienced and highly motivated analytical chemist who is specialized in trace element analysis in biological samples using ICP-MS technology.


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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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