Call for papers: Themed issue on carbon and graphene in analytical science

You are invited to contribute to the upcoming Analyst themed issue showcasing the latest discoveries and developments in carbon and graphene in analytical science.

For your article to be considered for the Carbon & Graphene themed issue we must receive your manuscript by December 11th 2015.

Guest Edited by Professor Martin Pumera, Nanyang Technological University, this upcoming themed issue will showcase the latest technology, method and application-based science among the top researchers working in both academia and industry.

Unconfined by traditional discipline boundaries the issue will include carbon quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, and (nano)diamonds in the fields of electroanalysis, spectroscopy, and  separation sciences. Recently there has been significant development in this area of research and now is an ideal time to have a special issue dedicated to recent advances.

Communications, full papers and review articles are welcomed, if you are interested in submitting a paper for this themed issue please contact us to let us know.

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Cancer themed issues across the Royal Society of Chemistry

Cancer themed issues across the Royal Society of Chemistry publications portfolio

Cancer remains a devastating disease with 580,350 deaths and 1.66 million new cases reported in the US alone in 2013. With 7.5 million deaths worldwide, cancer is the number 1 killer globally. Although 5-year survival rates have risen from 50% in 1975-77 to 68% in 2003-2008, major challenges remain toward further improving survival rates. The keys to realizing increased 5-year survival rates depend on significant improvements in early detection strategies as well as personalized treatment selection and effectively monitoring for disease recurrence. All of these focus areas can be enhanced through the development of new technological tools.

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Thus, the following themed issues will serve as a timely dissemination of new technologies that hold promise for the management of a variety of cancer-related diseases.

ANALYST: Innovative tools for cancer screening, detection and diagnostics
Guest Editors Steve Soper, University of North Carolina, USA. Avraham Rasooly National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA. Will be published as issue 1 2016, with the whole issue permanently free to access.
This themed issue will be devoted to new technologies focused on the management of cancer-related diseases and will cover a broad spectrum of new innovations including optical sensors (SERS, fluorescence, plasmon resonance, etc.), drug delivery vehicles, affinity agents, imaging contrast agents, microfluidics/nanofluidics and cell-based assays to name a few.

BIOMATERIALS SCIENCE: Polymeric biomaterials for cancer nanotechnology
Published in July 2015. Guest Editors: Jianjun Cheng, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, and Suzie Pun, University of Washington, USA. The themed issue can be viewed here.

INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY: Stems cells and cancer
Guest Editors Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff and Pamela Cowin, New York University Langone School of Medicine. To be published in summer, 2016, articles will be temporarily free to access for duration of promotion period.
The precise focus of this issue is to be confirmed, but it will be restricted to invited authors only.

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NANOSCALE: Nanoscale approaches for cancer diagnosis and treatment
Guest Editors: Zhuang Liu, Soochow University and Samuel Achilefu, Washington University in St. Louis. This themed issue will be published in 2016 and articles will be temporarily free to access for the duration of the promotion period. Articles will showcase recent developments in nanoscience and nanotechnology for cancer research, from diagnosis, to imaging and treatment. The themed issue is for invited authors only.

POLYMER CHEMISTRY: Polymeric materials for anti-cancer drug delivery
Coordinated by the Editorial Office, articles in this subject area will be organised together to form a web-only collection. These articles will be temporarily free to access for the duration of the promotion period.

MEDCHEMCOMM: Small molecules in Cancer Immunotherapy
Planning is in the early stages, with articles likely to come through in summer/autumn 2016.

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Submissions due for Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship- Sept 1st, 2015

How to submit your essay
To be considered for the lectureship candidates must send to the Editorial Office:

• A copy of your CV
• A list of published papers
• An original essay of no more than 1000 words highlighting how advances in analytical science underpin developments in this year’s theme.

Submission Deadline: 1 September 2015

Submit your application for the Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship

The Science
Analytical science is central to tackling the global challenges which face society and the Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship has been developed to showcase the essential contribution of the analytical sciences in overcoming these challenges. Developments in areas such as climate change, energy, food, water and health are crucial for societies around the world to thrive. The science underpinning these advances cannot be achieved without the pioneering research being carried out by analytical scientists worldwide.

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The Lectureship
The Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship will be 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 recipient will receive up to £2000 contribution towards travel and accommodation costs to attend and present a lecture based on their research at a leading international meeting to be decided by the Chair of the Analyst Editorial Board. The recipients essay will also be published as a Perspective article in the journal.

The Essay
To be considered for the Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship, candidates must submit an original essay of no more than 1000 words which calls attention to the significant and wide-reaching impact on scientific and societal issues related to this year’s theme in the analytical sciences.

The theme for the first lectureship is health. This broad topic will be open to all disciplines from across the analytical sciences and in line with the wider aims of the lectureship highlight how advances in analytical science underpin developments in issues of global concern. Essays must effectively and concisely convey the importance of analytical science in health related research, for example new innovations in optical sensors, imaging agents, microfluidic technologies, diagnostic tools, bioimaging techniques, affinity agents, body fluid, tissue and cell based assays and disease monitoring and management systems to name just a few. The emphasis of the essay will need to be on the importance of analytical science in relation to advances in any health related subject.

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Particulars and selection criteria

• To be eligible for the lectureship candidates must be at an early stage of their independent career. Typically this will be within 10 years of completing their PhD, but appropriate consideration will be given to those who have taken a career break or followed a different study path.
• The essay must be no more than 1000 words and succinctly express the importance of the fundamental developments in analytical science which relate to this year’s theme. The aim of the lectureship is to raise the profile and wider awareness of the analytical sciences, candidates should keep this in mind when writing their essay.
• The essays will be judged by the Analyst Editorial Board and the recipient will be selected based on the originality and quality of their essay. The recipients essay will be published as a Perspective article in Analyst; as such the work should not look out of place in the journal. Please see the website for more details on the usual scope and standards of Analyst as well as further details of the Editorial Board who will be selecting the lectureship winner www.rsc.org/analyst.

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Top ten most accessed Analyst articles from April to June 2015

During the months April – June 2015, the most downloaded Analyst articles were:

Selective ionization of melamine in powdered milk by using argon direct analysis in real time (DART) mass spectrometry
A. John Dane and Robert B. Cody
Analyst, 2010, 135, 696-699
DOI: 10.1039/B923561B, Paper

Detection of calcium phosphate crystals in the joint fluid of patients with osteoarthritis – analytical approaches and challenges
Alexander Yavorskyy, Aaron Hernandez-Santana, Geraldine McCarthy and Gillian McMahon
Analyst, 2008, 133, 302-318
DOI: 10.1039/B716791A, Critical Review

Recent advances in sample preparation techniques to overcome difficulties encountered during quantitative analysis of small molecules from biofluids using LC-MS/MS

Caroline Bylda, Roland Thiele, Uwe Kobold and Dietrich A. Volmer
Analyst, 2014, 139, 2265-2276
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00094C, Minireview

Highly sensitive and specific detection of E. coli by a SERS nanobiosensor chip utilizing metallic nanosculptured thin films

Sachin K. Srivastava, Hilla Ben Hamo, Ariel Kushmaro, Robert S. Marks, Christoph Grüner, Bernd Rauschenbach and Ibrahim Abdulhalim
Analyst, 2015, 140, 3201-3209
DOI: 10.1039/C5AN00209E, Paper

Illuminating disease and enlightening biomedicine: Raman spectroscopy as a diagnostic tool
David I. Ellis, David P. Cowcher, Lorna Ashton, Steve O’Hagan and Royston Goodacre
Analyst, 2013, 138, 3871-3884
DOI: 10.1039/C3AN00698K, Critical Review

Upconversion nanoparticles in biological labeling, imaging, and therapy
Feng Wang, Debapriya Banerjee, Yongsheng Liu, Xueyuan Chen and Xiaogang Liu
Analyst, 2010, 135, 1839-1854
DOI: 10.1039/C0AN00144A, Critical Review

SIFT-MS and FA-MS methods for ambient gas phase analysis: developments and applications in the UK

David Smith and Patrik Španěl
Analyst, 2015, 140, 2573-2591
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN02049A, Critical Review

Recent advances in electrochemical sensing for hydrogen peroxide: a review

Wei Chen, Shu Cai, Qiong-Qiong Ren, Wei Wen and Yuan-Di Zhao
Analyst, 2012, 137, 49-58
DOI: 10.1039/C1AN15738H, Critical Review

A gold nanorod-based localized surface plasmon resonance platform for the detection of environmentally toxic metal ions

Subramaniam Jayabal, Alagarsamy Pandikumar, Hong Ngee Lim, Ramasamy Ramaraj, Tong Sun and Nay Ming Huang
Analyst, 2015, 140, 2540-2555
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN02330G, Minireview

Probing the secondary structure of bovine serum albumin during heat-induced denaturation using mid-infrared fiberoptic sensors

Rui Lu, Wen-Wei Li, Abraham Katzir, Yosef Raichlin, Han-Qing Yu and Boris Mizaikoff
Analyst, 2015, 140, 765-770
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN01495B, Paper

If you have any comments or thoughts on any of these articles, we welcome you to write these in the comment box below.

Do you fancy submitting an article to Analyst? Why not submit to us here today or alternatively email us with your suggestions!

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Microfluidics Congress 2015

Global Engage’s Microfluidics Congress will be held on 20th-21st October 2015 in London, UK. The event is set to be co-located with the 3rd qPCR and Digital PCR Congress and the 2nd Synthetic Biology Congress, which attracted over 400 people in 2014.

Following topics will be covered in the conference-

  • point-of-care diagnostics
  • single cell analysis
  • lab-on-a-chip applications
  • droplet microfluidics
  • recent advances in technologies for disease monitoring, diagnostics, organ-on-a-chip and synthetic biology

Microfluidics congress will bring together the experts in developing microfluidics technologies and scientists using microfluidics to further medical research. Also, it will provide an interactive network forum through a dynamic exhibition room filled with technology providers.

Details about the speakers, agenda, venue and registration can be found at the conference website.

http://www.globalengage.co.uk/microfluidics.html

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EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium

EPIC logoEPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium is the industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organisations working in the field of photonics in Europe.

Our members encompass the entire value chain from LED lighting, Photovoltaic solar energy, Photonics Integrated Circuits, Optical components, Lasers, Sensors, Imaging, Displays, Projectors, Optic fiber, and other photonic related technologies.

EPIC NETWORK
EPIC fosters a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC is the industry association with the largest network and maintaints the European photonics database. EPIC manages several focused LinkedIn Groups, and exhibits at leading events.

EPIC MEMBERSHIP
EPIC puts its extensive network and experience to the benefit of its membership to support companies accelerate their growth and technological advancements, and reaching out to emerging photonics markets. To join EPIC, please follow the link.

EPIC ORGANIZATION
EPIC is owned and operated by its members. The annual budget is supported by membership fees ranging from 500 EUR – 6000 EUR, scaled to encourage participation of start-ups, SMEs, large companies, as well as research organizations and other stakeholders of the photonics ecosystem.

You can also find out about events related to the photonics research area, and those connected with the International Year of Light 2015.

Find information about Photonics West 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA, 13-18 February 2016.

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International Mass Spectrometry Conference 2016

The 21st International Mass Spectrometry Conference (IMSC) will be held in Toronto, Canada, 20-26 August, 2016. IMSC 2016 is organised by International Mass Spectrometry Foundation (IMSF) and hosted by the Canadian Society for Mass Spectrometry (CSMS) and the Canadian Scientific Community.

The conference themed sessions will cover topics from integrated OMICS, physical and biophysical mass spectrometry, instrumentation/novel methods, mass spectrometry in drug discovery and environmental mass spectrometry.

Prof. Hervé Cottin, Dr. Derek Muir and Prof. Richard Zare will deliver the plenary lectures in IMSC 2016.

Registration and abstract submission starts from January 1, 2016!

Mark the dates in your calendar and visit the website for more information and timely updates.

Website: http://www.imsc2016.ca/

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Analyst 2014 Impact Factor

We are delighted to announce the latest Impact Factor for Analyst has increased to 4.107 according to the 2014 Journal Citation Reports ®.

We would like to thank all of our authors, referees, Editorial and Advisory Board members for their contributions to the success of Analyst.

Submit your best work to Analyst today.

*The Impact Factor provides an indication of the average number of citations per paper. Produced annually, Impact Factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations in a year by the number of citeable articles published in the preceding two years. Data based on 2014 Journal Citation Reports®, (Thomson Reuters, 2015).

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Congratulations to Analyst award winners at CTAC-2015, Mumbai, India

Congratulations to S. Dasgupta and Neha Thakur who won oral presentation awards from Analyst at the recent Current Trends in Analytical Chemistry (CTAC-2015) meeting, held by the Association of Environmental Analytical Chemistry of India (AEACI) in Mumbai, May 26-29. Each were given book vouchers to use in the Royal Society of Chemistry books catalogue.
•    First Prize:
S. Dasgupta, ACD, BARC, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata. Talk title: Compositional characterization of Cu-Cr-Zr alloy and Lithium Titanate by CPAA using proton beam from VEC accelerator.
•    Second prize:
Neha Thakur, ACD, BARC, Mumbai. Talk title: Development of an Optode Film for Instant Detection of Zinc (II) Ions in Aqueous Solutions

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Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award, 2016

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Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award, 2016, now open for nominations

The Gordon F. Kirkbright bursary award is a prestigious annual award that enables a promising student/non-tenured young scientist of any nation to attend a recognised scientific meeting or visit a place of learning.
The fund for this bursary was established in 1985 as a memorial to Professor Gordon Kirkbright in recognition of his contributions to analytical spectroscopy and to science in general. Although the fund is administered by the Association of British Spectroscopists (ABS) Trust, the award is not restricted to spectroscopists.

Applications are invited for the 2016 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary.

For further information contact John Chalmers at, email: vibspecconsult@aol.com

The closing date for entries is 31 December 2015.

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