Simple polymer tongue can taste the difference

Sensor that can discriminate between 25 fruit juices could be used for quality control

Scientists in Germany have designed a simple polymer that can be used in a sensor to distinguish between similar fruit juices.

Sensors that analyse food, drink and drugs are important for quality control and preventing fraud. Chemo-optical sensors, or tongues, already exist for testing wine, coffee, whiskey and other beverages. Due to the complex nature of these samples, the tongues comprise a number of sensors, which undergo structural changes to provide a colour or fluorescence pattern in the presence of various analytes. Chemometric techniques then analyse the pattern, reporting the distinct ‘taste’ for each product.

Read the full article in Chemistry World >>>

This paper is free to access until 5th April, 2017:

Poly(p-phenyleneethynylene)-based tongues discriminate fruit juices
Jinsong Han, Benhua Wang, Markus Bender, Kai Seehafera and Uwe H.F. Bunz
Analyst, 2017,142, 537-543
DOI: 10.1039/C6AN02387H

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Outstanding Reviewers for Analyst in 2016

Following the success of Peer Review Week in September 2016 (dedicated to reviewer recognition) during which we published a list of our top reviewers, we are delighted to announce that we will continue to recognise the contribution that our reviewers make to the journal by announcing our Outstanding Reviewers each year.

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Analyst in 2016, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Professor Hugh J. Byrne, Focas Research Institute

Dr Colin Campbell, University of Edinburgh

Dr Lingxin Chen, Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry

Dr Jaebum Choo, Hanyang University

Professor Karen Faulds, University of Strathclyde

Professor Ning Gan, Ningbo University

Dr Takeaki Ozawa, University of Tokyo

Professor Martin Pumera, Nanyang Technological University

Professor Zachary Schultz, University of Notre Dame

Professor Chaoyong Yang, Xiamen University

We would also like to thank the Analyst board and the analytical science community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.


If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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33rd International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis (MSB) 2017

The 33rd International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis is due to be held between 26th – 29th March, 2017, in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.

MSB 2017 embodies an interactive forum for the discussion of cutting-edge research on the frontiers of separation science, spanning fundamental theory/method/technology development to high-impact applications relevant to health, medicine, food and the environment.

Dates for your diary:

February 17, 2017: Deadline for Early Bird Registration at lowest fees

February 26, 2017: Deadline for Abstract Submission for Poster Presentation for Inclusion in online Program

March 19, 2017: Deadline for Submission of Late Breaking Presentations

MSB 2017 has so much on offer, including poster sessions, young investigator sessions and topic sessions introduced and chair by leading researchers in the field. The symposium will also feature an exciting variety of pre-conference short courses, distinguished speakers and presentations focusing on performance, hyphenation and impact.

Click here for full programme

Analyst Deputy Editor Maria Southall will be attending this meeting. If you are planning to attend, then why not have a chat with Maria at MSB 2017.

To find out more about the conference and to register your interest, please visit MSB2017 website http://msb2017.org/

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Professor Ryan C. Bailey: New Analyst Associate Editor

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Ryan C. Bailey as Associate Editor to the Analyst Editorial Board.


Ryan C. Bailey received his PhD from Northwestern University in 2004 and then was a joint Post-doctoral Fellow at Caltech and the Institute for Systems Biology. He joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006, with affiliate appointments in the Department of Bioengineering, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, and Institute for Genomic Biology.

In 2016, Professor Bailey was appointed as the Robert A. Gregg Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan. Professor Bailey’s research generally focuses on the development of new microscale analytical methods for detecting biomarkers and characterizing (bio)molecular interactions with applications in personalized clinical diagnostics and fundamental biochemistry/biophysics. To this end, his group has developed chip-integrated optical detection methods and microfluidic approaches that are being applied to translational transcriptomic, proteomic, and epigenomic analyses.

Professor Bailey has received various awards, including the Pittcon Achievement Award (2015), Arthur F. Findeis Award for Achievements by a Young Analytical Scientist (2013), and a NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (2007), and was named to the TR35: 35 Top Innovators under 35 list by Technology Review in 2012.


We welcome Professor Ryan C. Bailey and his expertise to the Analyst Editorial Board as Associate Editor alongside Takehiko Kitamori, Lanqun Mao, Jean-Francois Masson, Boris Mizaikoff, Steven Soper and Evan Williams. Submit your article to Professor Ryan C. Bailey today!

You can keep up to date with the latest developments from Analyst by signing up for free table of contents alerts and monthly e-newsletters.

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ICAS 2017

International Congress on Analytical Sciences

 

ICAS 2017 is the five yearly international congress organised by the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The event takes place at the Hainan International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hainan, China between 5th and 8th May 2017. The theme of this year’s congress is “Analytical Chemistry – From Tool to Science”, which will contain sessions on advanced instrumental analysis, nanoscience and nanotechnology, biological and bioanalysis, environmental sciences, food safety, micro-analysis and microfluidic, sensors systems, mass spectrometry, separation and chromatography, spectrometry/spectroscopy, and electrochemical analysis. The Royal Society of Chemistry Journals Lab on a Chip, Analyst and Analytical Methods are very pleased to be supporting this event.

Visit the conference website for further details on themes and speakers and to submit your abstract.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: 28th February 2017

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 31st March 2017

 

Register now to attend and present your work!

 

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Top 25 Most accessed Analyst Articles in 2016

We are delighted to share with you the top 25 most downloaded articles in Analyst from January-December 2016. These 5 papers are free to access for the next two weeks with a free publishing personal account – register here.

Biosensors and nanobiosensors for therapeutic drug and response monitoring
Kristy S. McKeating, Alexandra Aubé and Jean-Francois Masson
Analyst, 2016,141, 429-449
DOI: 10.1039/C5AN01861G

Paper-based analytical devices for environmental analysis
Nathan A. Meredith, Casey Quinn, David M. Cate, Thomas H. Reilly, John Volckens and Charles S. Henry
Analyst, 2016,141, 1874-1887
DOI: 10.1039/C5AN02572A

Plasmonic nanostructures for surface enhanced spectroscopic methods
Martin Jahn, Sophie Patze, Izabella J. Hidi, Richard Knipper, Andreea I. Radu, Anna Mühlig, Sezin Yüksel, Vlastimil Peksa,
Karina Weber, Thomas Mayerhöfer, Dana Cialla-May and Jürgen Popp
Analyst, 2016,141, 756-793
DOI: 10.1039/C5AN02057C

Is food allergen analysis flawed? Health and supply chain risks and a proposed framework to address urgent analytical needs
M. J. Walker, D. T. Burns, C. T. Elliott, M. H. Gowland and E. N. Clare Mills
Analyst, 2016,141, 24-35
DOI: 10.1039/C5AN01457C

Automated analysis of single cells using Laser Tweezers Raman Spectroscopy
S. Casabella, P. Scully, N. Goddard and P. Gardner
Analyst, 2016,141, 689-696
DOI: 10.1039/C5AN01851J 

We hope you enjoy reading the top 25 most accessed articles of 2016 and wish you all the best for 2017.
For up to date journal information, why not follow Analyst @analystrsc on Twitter.
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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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