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

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is one of the most often used detection system for elemental speciation analysis. Since the ICP destroys all molecular information within the hot plasma (6000 K), the ICP-MS itself can only provide elemental information. In order to gain species information, the ICP-MS has to be coupled with a separation method that can separate different elemental species before reaching the detector. Different separation techniques have been used for such speciation analysis, including gas chromatography (GC), liquid chromatography (LC), capillary electrophoresis (CE) or even non-chromatographic separation methods such as solid phase extraction (SPE) or liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) to name only some. The working groups using such techniques however often share their capacity for doing speciation analysis with other tasks using the ICP-MS detection system such as elemental imaging analysis by laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) or single-cell (SC-ICP-MS) or single particle analysis by ICP-MS (sp-ICP-MS).  Such diversification of the techniques using the ICP-MS detection system is somewhat reducing the dynamics of the development of hyphenated speciation analysis.

To answer complex questions, a single analytical technique may not provide sufficient information and therefore combined efforts may be necessary. A group of researchers from Germany and France have now combined methods of speciation analysis and elemental bioimaging to obtain information about the gadolinium species retained in kidneys of rats following the administration of gadolinium-based contrast agents (see the news below).

Event organizers for events scheduled in April and May are confident that their events can be operated as on-side events. Let's cross our thumbs that the COVID situation will allow the participants to join in person.
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.

Combined speciation analysis and elemental bioimaging provides new information about the retention of gadolinium in kidney following the application of some MRI contrast agents
A group of researchers from Germany and France have combined methods of speciation analysis and elemental bioimaging to obtain information about the gadolinium species retained in kidneys of rats following the administration of gadolinium-based contrast agents

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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Spectr'Atom 2022
Date:     May 10,2022 - May 13,2022
Location:     Palais Beaumont, Pau, France
March 15,2022    Submission of abstracts
April 9,2022    Early registration at reduced fee

10th Nordic Plasma Conference
Date:     June 12,2022 - June 15,2022
Location:     Loen, Norway
March 31,2022    Submission of abstracts

ISM 2022: 8th Internation Symposium on Metallomics
Date:     July 11,2022 - July 14,2022
Location:     Kanazawa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kanazawa, Japan
March 23,2022    Submission of abstracts
May 18,2022    Early registration at reduced fee

BNASS 2022: The 20th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium
Date:     June 27,2022 - June 29,2022
Location:     The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, United Kingdom
April 1,2022    Submission of abstracts for oral presentations
May 6,2022    Submission of abstracts for poster presentations
May 13,2022    Early registration at reduced fee
June 10,2022    Standard Registration

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

EuroFAST 2022
Location: Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Date: 18.04.2022 - 21.04.2022

Spectr'Atom 2022
Location: Palais Beaumont, Pau, France
Date: 10.05.2022 - 13.05.2022

HTC-17: 17th International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Date: 18.05.2022 - 20.05.2022

70th ASMS Conference
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date: 05.06.2022 - 09.06.2022

ICTEM 2022: International Conference of Trace Elements and Minerals
Location: Aachen, Germany
Date: 05.06.2022 - 10.06.2022

10th Nordic Plasma Conference
Location: Loen, Norway
Date: 12.06.2022 - 15.06.2022


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 Graz: University Assistant without Doctorate
The Institute of Chemistry is looking for a University Assistant without Doctorate (m/f/d),
30 hours a week, fixed-term employment for 4 years*, position to be filled as of now


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.




University of Bern: Lectureship in Laboratory Methods in Physical Geography (80-100%)
The Institute of Geography of the University of Bern (GIUB), Switzerland, has a vacancy for the following permanent position from the beginning of January 2023 or by agreement.

LGC, Teddington, UK: Senior Researcher Bio-clinical Speciation Analysis
UK National Measurement Laboratory (NML) is looking for a Senior Researcher. The job holder will supervise and deliver project work in the area of bio-clinical speciation analysis, initially focusing on the development of methodology for the accurate quantification and identification of key biomarkers of metal metabolism/disorders (e.g. metalloproteins) for disease diagnostics and therapy, down to the single cell level.


EVISA's directory of scientist is a versatile tool to facilitate contact with scientists in the field of speciation and related sciences. The directory is fully searchable for names, addresses, research topics etc.  You should bookmark this directory as an always up-to-date address book. (In order to hinder SPAM robots for collecting the E-mail accounts, we hide them in a special format).

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.

If your entry is still missing in this directory, please contact us at info@speciation.net.



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If your web site is missing here, please e-mail your link information to info@speciation.net.


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