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

The coupling of liquid chromatography with inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LC-ICP-MS) is the most often used technique for speciation analysis. At first sight this coupling seems to be straightforward by just directing the column effluent towards the nebulizer of the sample introduction system of the ICP-MS. However, the higher the resolving power of the LC system, the more critical is the dispersion introduced by the sample introduction system.  The post-column dispersion is leading to peak broadening or even re-mixing, and is introduced by the dead-volume of the transfer capillary, the nebulizer and the spraychamber.  A group of Chinese researchers now presented a new system for coupling LC with ICP-MS avoiding such dispersion by using a self-constructed direct injection nebulizer harboring the capillary column as the sample capillary (see the News below).

Another topic in LC-ICP-MS is the obtainable precision and accuracy often limited by matrix effects, plasma instability or signal drift. One solution to reduce such effects is the use of internal standards, an approach most often used for stand-alone ICP-MS methods. A group of Japanese researchers have now designed a technique for the online addition of an internal standard for HPLC-ICP-MS. An autosampler was used to load sample and internal standard onto the separation column. The authors could demonstrate that the use of Re as internal standard improved the accuracy of the As speciation analysis with HPLC-ICP-MS by compensating for the analytical bias and reducing the measurement uncertainty (see the News below).

The determination of the herbicide Glyphosate is most often performed by LC-MS/MS using ESI-MS for detection. An Italian group of researchers have developed a method using ICP-MS/MS for detection. The authors demonstrated that their method calls for less sample preparation, has a higher sample throughput and provides comparable detection power (see the News below).

The next event of interest for the speciation community is the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry (EWCPS2023), taking place January 29th to February 3rd, 2023 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The conference is scheduled to have two sessions on speciation analysis.

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.

Unfortunately, this month we have not seen any publication related to speciation analysis of general interest. In case that you feel that we missed something, we would be happy to receive a notification. 

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.

Online addition of an internal standard for high performance liquid chromatography-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
A Japanese group of researchers has designed an online internal standard correction technique for high-performance liquid chromatography-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (HPLC-ICP-MS) making use of an autosampler system.

Determination of Glyphosate in Rice with HPLC-ICP-MS/MS
An Italian group of researchers have developed a method for the determination of glyphosate in rice samples using HPLC-ICP-MS/MS that is simpler and faster than existing methods based on LC-ESI-MS/MS.

Zero dead-volume interface for coupling µHPLC to ICP-MS
A group of Chinese researchers propose a new system for coupling µHPLC to ICP-MS. The new system avoids any post-column dispersion, maintaining the molecular resolution obtained on μHPLC and the limit of detection (LOD) of ICPMS.

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.

DGMS 2023: 54th Annual Conference of the DGMS
Date:     May 14,2023 - May 17,2023
Location:     Dortmund
February 28,2023    Submission of abstracts for oral presentations
February 28,2023    Early registration at reduced fee

71st ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics

Date:     June 4,2023 - June 8,2023
Location:     Houston, Texas
February 3,2023    Submission of abstracts
April 30,2023    Early registration at reduced fee

ICBIC20: 20th International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry
Date:     July 16,2023 - July 21,2023
Location:     Adelaide Convention Centre, Australia
February 6,2023    Submission of abstracts
February 20,2023    Notification of acceptance

Please do not hesitate to inform us in case that your conference related to speciation analysis is missing in our Agenda.
EWCPS 2023: European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Date: 29.01.2023 - 03.02.2023

PittCon 2023: 73th Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: 18.03.2023 - 22.03.2023

Location: Vienna, Austria
Date: 11.04.2023 - 14.04.2023

DGMS 2023: 54th Annual Conference of the DGMS
Location: Dortmund
Date: 14.05.2023 - 17.05.2023

71st ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics
Location: Houston, Texas
Date: 04.06.2023 - 08.06.2023

16th ISABC: 16th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry,
Location: Ioannina, Greece
Date: 11.06.2023 - 14.06.2023


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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.



University of Insubria in Como (Italy9: Frontal Chromatography ICP-MS for the speciation analysis of mercury
The research group on trace element speciation at the University of Insubria in Como (Italy) has an open position for a 12 month postdoctoral fellowship related to “Frontal Chromatography ICP-MS for the speciation analysis of mercury”

Lorraine University: Modelling metal binding to environmental humic nanoparticles
The group ‘’Physical Chemistry and Reactivity of Surfaces And interfaces’’ (PhySI) of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Continental Environments (LIEC) at the University of Lorraine has an open position for an 13-Month Postdoctoral fellowship related to "Modelling metal binding to environmental humic nanoparticles: theory and application to data interpretation".



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