Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering – SERS: Faraday Discussion

The Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Faraday Discussion will take place 30 August – 1 September 2017 in Glasgow, UK.

This meeting aims to set the agenda for the SERS field for the next 10 years, by bringing the community together to welcome in new emerging priority areas and embracing the diversity of approaches and disciplines which are contributing to the growth and understanding of this optical phenomenon, especially in light of new theoretical and experimental data. It follows the highly successful Faraday Discussion on SERS in 2005, which mainly focused on the origin of the enhancement and the mechanisms behind this using the information available at that time.

Faraday Discussions have a special format where research papers written by the speakers are distributed to all participants before the meeting, and most of the meeting is devoted to discussing the papers. Everyone contributes to the discussion – including presenting their own relevant research. The research papers and a record of the discussion are published in the journal Faraday Discussions.

You can register for the event here.

Submit your oral/paper abstract by 12 December 2016, the final paper submission deadline is 10 April 2017.

Submit your poster abstract by 19 June 2017.

You can check out the Frequently Asked Questions about the format of Faraday Discussions here.

Why not check out the recently published SERS themed issue in Analyst dedicated to showcasing the latest research in this exciting area of analytical chemistry.

Hope to see you there!

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The 65th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry

The 65th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry was held in Sapporo, Japan, September 14 – 16 2016.

Organised annually by The Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry (JSAC), of which there are approximately 6300 members, the meeting was a great success with 1350 delegates in attendance with 365 poster  and 442 oral presentations in all.

We would like to congratulate the winners of the 9 Analyst poster prizes presented at the meeting!

Left to right: Prof. Koji Suzuki (Keio University, President of The Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry), Hiromitsu Urakami (RSC), Mr Tetsuhito Suzuki, Mr Keisuke Tenda, Ms Arata Endo, Dr Yuri Maeda, Prof. Seiichi Nishizawa (on behalf of Mr Kazuya Shimizu) and Prof. Shunitz Tanaka (Hokkaido University, Committee Chair for the Meeting)

The awardees are:

Keisuke Tenda

Keio Univ

Arata Endo

Fukushima Univ

Shinnosuke Machida

Yamanashi Univ

Yui Yasui

Kwansei Gakuin Univ

Moe Nakamura

Kwansei Gakuin Univ

Nao Fukai

Nagoya Institute Tech

Yuri Maeda

Nagoya Institute Tech

Tetsuhito Suzuki

Kyoto Univ

Kazuya Shimizu

Tohoku Univ

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RSC Tokyo International Conference 2016

The RSC Tokyo International Conference 2016 – Advanced Analytical Science and Technology, Rising Analyst Forum was held at JASIS 2016 in Makuhari Messe, Japan on September 8-9, 2016.

This was the fifth time the RSC, along with the Japan Analytical Instruments Manufacturers’ Association (JAIMA), has supported this event, with Professor Takehiko Kitamori (University of Tokyo) and Professor Koji Suzuki (Keio University) as the conference organizers this year.

The conference hosted 11 invited lectures, flash and poster presentations, with prizes awarded for the top 3 posters (RSC Analyst Best Presentation Award) and a further 10 Poster presentations.

The 11 invited speakers were-

Anthony Killard (University of West England)
Hiromitsu Urakami (Royal Society of Chemistry)
Sung Bae Kim (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
Lixia Zhao (Eco-Environmental Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences)
Alison J. Hobro (Osaka University)
Wei-Ssu Liao (National Taiwan University)
Helen J. Cooper (University of Birmingham)
Yasuhide Inokuma (Hokkaido University)
Sang-Hee Shim (Korea University)
Xiaohai Yang (Hunan University)
Yuko Ueno (NTT Basic Research Laboratories)

We are pleased to announce the winners of the RSC Best Presentation Awards as-

Risa Fuji (Shimadzu Corporation) with a poster titled “Analysis of Discoloration and Coloration Using FTIR and EDX”

Atsuko Konishi (Kyoto Pharmaceutical University) with a poster titled “Development of potentiometric sensor based on molecularly imprinted polymer using histamine as a template”

Taisuke Shimada (Nagoya University) with a poster titled “Removing Particulate Matter Using Water Film”

Poster prize winners (centre) from left to right: Taisuke Shimada, Risa Fuji and Atsuko Konishi

Congratulations to the winners!

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Top 10 Reviewers for Analyst

In celebration of Peer Review Week, with the theme of Recognition for Review – we would like to highlight the top 10 reviewers for Analyst in 2016, as selected by the editorial team for their significant contribution to the journal.

We would like to say a massive thank you to these reviewers as well as the Analyst board and all of the analytical community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

Name

Institution

Jaebum Choo

Hanyang University

Takeaki Ozawa

University of Tokyo

Martyn Pumera

Nanyang Technological University

Chaoyang James Yang

Xiamen University

Shush Zhang

Qingdao University of Science and Technology

Lingxin Chen

Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry

Jill Venton

University of Virginia

Zachary Schultz

University of Notre Dame

Karen Faulds

University of Strathclyde

Hugh Byrne

Focas Research Institute

As a little added bonus to celebrate Peer Review Week, for the next four weeks our reviewers will be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize! Simply submit a review for any of our journals between 19 September and 16 October 2016 and you will be automatically eligible for a chance to win one of our fantastic prizes.

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Congratulations to the RSC Award winners at SciX2016!

Congratulations to the RSC award winners who received their prizes at the RSC Awards Symposium, held on Monday 19 September at SciX2016, Minneapolis, USA.

Patrick Hayes was awarded the Analyst Emerging Investigators Lectureship, presented by the Executive Editor of Analyst, Philippa Hughes.

Patrick Hayes awarded the Emerging Investigator Lectureship

This lectureship was launched as a platform for an early career analytical scientist to raise the profile of the analytical sciences to the wider scientific community and general public. The candidates were asked to submit an original essay of no more than 1000 words highlighting the significant and wide-reaching impact on scientific and societal issues related to this year’s theme of health in the analytical sciences. The awardee receives up to £2000 contribution towards travel and accommodation costs to attend and present a lecture based on their research at a leading international meeting. Their essay will also be published as a Perspective article in Analyst.

The Chair of Analyst, Professor Duncan Graham (University of Strathclyde), was also awarded the RSC Theophilus Redwood Award 2016. The Theophilus Redwood Award is given to a leading analytical scientist who is also an outstanding communicator and is awarded to Duncan for innovation and leadership in exploiting surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy in the analytical community.

Philippa Hughes presenting Duncan Graham with the RSC Theophilus Redwood Award

Congratulations to both Patrick and Duncan for their achievements!

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RSC-ACS joint symposia and RSC Awards Symposium at SciX 2016

Are you attending SciX 2016? The RSC are holding symposia sessions at the conference which you will not want to miss!

The RSC and the ACS (American Chemical Society) are holding joint symposia dedicated to solving global health challenges-


Solving global health challenges: elemental techniques towards characterization, diagnostics, and detection

Monday 19 September, 3.50pm, Greenway E

Julian Tyson, University of Massachusetts Amherst, US

Marya Liberman, University of Notre Dame, USA

Sandra Pratt, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Dominic Hare, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Dave Koppenaal, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA


Solving global health challenges: molecular techniques towards diagnostics and detection

Wednesday 21 September, 1.20pm, Nicollet D2/D3

Jill Venton, University of Virginia, USA

Nick Stone, University of Exeter, UK

Jürgen Popp, University Jena, Germany

Ryan Bailey, University of Illinois, USA

Ji Xi Chen, Purdue University, USA


We are also hosting the RSC Awards Symposium where we honour the winners of the annual RSC analytical awards-

Patrick Hayes, University of Montreal, Canada (winner of the Analyst Emerging Investigators Lectureship)

Jonathan Abbatt, University of Toronto, Canada

Duncan Graham, University of Strathclyde, UK (Theophilus Redwood Award 2016)

Karen Faulds, University of Strathclyde, UK

Colin Campbell, University of Edinburgh, UK


Don’t forget to also pop by booth 108 at the conference to chat to Executive Editor, Philippa Hughes, who will be able to answer any questions you have about Analyst, Analytical Methods and JAAS.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Flow Chemistry Congress 2016

Flow Chemistry Congress will be held in Miami, USA, this year from 2nd – 3rd November 2016.

Agenda topics for the conference are as follows:

Analytical Techniques
Devices and Engineering in Flow Chemistry
Electrochemistry
Multistep Synthesis in Flow
Pharmaceutical Process and Manufacturing
Photochemistry
Polymer Synthesis
Utilizing Highly Reactive and/or Hazardous Reactants

You can also submit your research on a poster while attending the meeting. The deadline for abstracts is 26th October 2016. Please visit the conference website to submit.

Registration is open and you are able to register by visiting this page.

For further details and all enquiries, please visit the Flow Chemistry Congress website.

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Microfluidics Congress 2016

Global Engage’s 2nd Microfluidics Congress is due to take place on 20th and 21st October 2016 in London, UK.

For more information about the conference, please visit their website and see here to register.

‘Attracting experts working in all areas of microfluidics, the conference will examine the latest developments in the technologies and techniques being used for progressing medical research, as well as the challenges and future of microfluidics. Should you be an expert in developing microfluidics technologies, or a scientist using microfluidics to further medical research, the conference will be an excellent opportunity to learn, share, discuss and engage with the most current microfluidics research and technology.’

Topics to be discussed at the conference are as follows:

•Point-of-care diagnostics
•Organ-on-a-chip
•Paper-based microfluidics
•Isolation and analysis for CTCs
•Tissue engineering
•Microfabrication

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Congratulations to the ICORS poster prize winners!

Congratulations to our Analyst Poster Prize winners at the recent ICORS conference in Fortaleza, Brazil. This international conference brings together experts from different fields to discuss the frontiers of Raman spectroscopy. The conference aims provide an environment for in-depth scientific discussions of Raman-based techniques, as well as for scientific exchange that ideally will seed new collaborations.

The winners were as follows:

Ziyi Cheng from Hanyang University, Republic of South Korea, with their poster SERS-based wash-free immunoassay of prostate specific antigen using microdroplet sensor.

Faris Sinjab from University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, with their poster AFM-Raman of single cells: decoupling biomolecule concentration from sampling volume for quantitative Raman measurements.

Katarzyna M. Marzec from Jagiellonian University, Poland, with their poster Imaging of the biomarkers of atherosclerotic alternations in murine brain – IR and Raman studies.

Well done to our three winners!

Left to right, Ziyi Cheng, Katarzyna M. Marzec, Faris Sinjab

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What we do in the shadows…

Written by Professor Boris Mizaikoff (University of Ulm, Germany), Associate Editor of Analyst and passionate trail runner

What goes up, must come down...

We are all passionate scientists, but we all have a “dark” side. I know for example that Professor Pat Unwin at Warwick University is an accomplished musician, likewise, Professor Dermot Diamond at Dublin City University. And myself? I run. I run trail races. I run ultra trail races.

What’s the meaning of “ultra”? Well, anything beyond a marathon: 45k… 50k… 70k… 100k… 160k… and beyond! I just ran across the beautiful island of Corsica – 5 days, a whopping 185k, 12,000m of altitude up and all the way down again. Tough? Yes… but doable! Admittedly, you go through 10 “runners highs” and 25+ “runners lows”. But in the end – doable! And after that adventure, I asked myself, how different are profession and passion actually? Maybe we should explore this a little further…

Let’s consider an example – writing an EU proposal or an ERC grant? Tough? Yes… but doable! And honestly, there are at least 10 “proposal highs” and 25+ “proposal lows” you go through. So, how different are profession and passion? Let’s see by comparing writing a major proposal versus preparing for an ultra trail race!

1. It’s all about preparation - A clear “yes” for both!

2. You need to focusTrue, relevant in both cases!

3. Preliminary results are important -  It’s all about knowing what you are up to… tick the box for both!

4. Step outside your comfort zone -  No new achievements without breaking new ground. Ticked!

5. Physical and mental fitness -  A prerequisite, right?

6. You never know whether you will be successful, unless you try -  Guess we agree! Ticked!

7. If you fail, try again, fail better -  Ticked for both!

8. Never give up -  Who would ever do that?

After all, not so different right? Seems there is a lot of analogy between preparing a proposal and preparing for an ultra trail race! Whether you are a musician, an ultra trail runner, a scientist or an interdisciplinary combination, if you do it with passion, it may be tough, but it is doable!


See you on the next (ultra) trail! And don’t forget 9. Any step is a step closer to the finish line ;-) Cheers, Boris



More stories on Europe’s toughest trek: Corsica GR20 can be found here


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