Open Access papers in Analytical Methods

We are very pleased to share with you below some of the latest Open Access papers published in Analytical Methods that may be of interest to you. These research papers are free to access for all – we hope you enjoy reading them.

Grzegorz Boczkaj, Patrycja Makoś and Andrzej Przyjazny
Anal. Methods, 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY03043A, Paper

Neus Fabregat-Cabello, Jorge Pitarch-Motellón, Juan V. Sancho, María Ibáñez and Antoni Francesc Roig-Navarro
Anal. Methods, 2016, 8, 2895-2903
DOI: 10.1039/C6AY00221H, Paper

Adam Cawley, Daniel Pasin, Namuun Ganbat, Laura Ennis, Corrine Smart, Candace Greer, John Keledjian, Shanlin Fu and Alex Chen
Anal. Methods, 2016, 8, 1789-1797
DOI: 10.1039/C6AY00156D, Paper

Li Cui, Holly J. Butler, Pierre L. Martin-Hirsch and Francis L. Martin
Anal. Methods, 2016, 8, 481-487
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY02638E, Communication

F. Rauh and B. Mizaikoff
Anal. Methods, 2016, 8, 2164-2169
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY02874D, Paper

Janja Vidmar, Radmila Milačič, Viviana Golja, Saša Novak and Janez Ščančar
Anal. Methods, 2016, 8, 1194-1201
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY03305E, Technical Note

Friedrich Schuler, Clara Siber, Sebastian Hin, Simon Wadle, Nils Paust, Roland Zengerle and Felix von Stetten
Anal. Methods, 2016, 8, 2750-2755
DOI: 10.1039/C6AY00600K, Paper

J. R. Buser, X. Zhang, S. A. Byrnes, P. D. Ladd, E. K. Heiniger, M. D. Wheeler, J. D. Bishop, J. A. Englund, B. Lutz, B. H. Weigl and P. Yager
Anal. Methods, 2016, 8, 2880-2886
DOI: 10.1039/C6AY00107F, Paper

Fahmina Fardus-Reid, John Warren and Adam Le Gresley
Anal. Methods, 2016, 8, 2013-2019
DOI: 10.1039/C6AY00111D, Paper

Marek Tobiszewski
Anal. Methods, 2016, 8, 2993-2999
DOI: 10.1039/C6AY00478D, Critical Review

S. H. Holm, J. P. Beech, M. P. Barrett and J. O. Tegenfeldt
Anal. Methods, 2016, 8, 3291-3300
DOI: 10.1039/C6AY00443A, Paper
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Top 10 most accessed Analytical Methods articles from January – March 2016

From January – March 2016, our most downloaded Analytical Methods articles were:

Rasmus Bro and Age K. Smilde
Anal. Methods, 2014, 6, 2812-2831
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY41907J, Tutorial Review

David I. Ellis, Howbeer Muhamadali, Simon A. Haughey, Christopher T. Elliott and Royston Goodacre
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 9401-9414
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY02048D, Critical Review

Kathleen R. Murphy, Colin A. Stedmon, Daniel Graeber and Rasmus Bro
Anal. Methods, 2013, 5, 6557-6566
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY41160E, Tutorial Review

Alanna E. Sorenson, Samuel P. Askin and Patrick M. Schaeffer
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 2087-2092
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY02666G, Paper

S. Bibi, D. H. Bremner, M. Macdougall-Heasman, R. Reid, K. Simpson, A. Tough, S. Waddell, I. J. Stewart and K. H. Matthews
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 8597-8604
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY01711D, Paper

Heinz Fissan, Simon Ristig, Heinz Kaminski, Christof Asbach and Matthias Epple
Anal. Methods, 2014, 6, 7324-7334
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY01203H, Paper

Oleg Klykov and Michael G. Weller
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 6443-6448
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY00042D, Technical Note

Morgan Philp, Ronald Shimmon, Natasha Stojanovska, Mark Tahtouh and Shanlin Fu
Anal. Methods, 2013, 5, 5402-5410
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY40511G, Paper

Elizabeth J. McKenzie, Gordon M. Miskelly and Paul A. G. Butler
Anal. Methods, 2013, 5, 5418-5424
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY40537K, Paper

Ana López-Serrano, Riansares Muñoz Olivas, Jon Sanz Landaluze and Carmen Cámara
Anal. Methods, 2014, 6, 38-56
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY40517F, Critical Review
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Racing tyre analysis shows ‘undetectable’ treatments the chequered flag

Written by Christopher Bernard for Chemistry World

Graphical AbstractResearchers in the US have punctured the appeal of prohibited tyre softening agents, marketed to racing teams as ‘undetectable’, by releasing a method for identifying them. The technique has already detected banned substances in 10 of 71 real tyre samples from competitors in United States Auto Club (USAC) races.

Softened tyres offer drivers improved grip and handling, shaving valuable seconds from lap times. However, racing associations have long recognised the dangers of hydrocarbon- and plasticiser-based softening agents. These chemicals act by penetrating and degrading the rubber in tyres, which can create unpredictable weak spots, and many are potent carcinogens that are easily inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

Read the full article in Chemistry World >>>


Detection of prohibited treatment products on racing tires using headspace solid phase microextraction (SPME) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)
William Kranz, Clinton Carroll and John Vincent Goodpaster
Anal. Methods, 2015, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY02657A, Paper

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Call for papers: Themed issue on portable instrumentation and point of care technologies

You are invited to contribute to the upcoming Analytical Methods themed issue showcasing the latest discoveries and developments in portable instrumentation and point of care technologies.

Guest Edited by Professor Zheng Ouyang (Purdue University, USA) and Professor Jean-François Masson (Université de Montréal, Canada) this upcoming themed issue will highlight the most outstanding work in the area of portable instrumentation and point of care technologies, and also provide some insight into the newly emerging work in this exciting area of research.

For your article to be considered for this special themed issue we must receive your manuscript by May 30th 2016.

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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Themed Issue on Detecting Food Authenticity and Integrity now published

The new joint themed issue of Analyst and Analytical Methods on detecting food authenticity and integrity is now published.

Guest edited by Professor Roy Goodacre and Dr David Ellis at the University of Manchester, this collection showcases the latest developments in food analysis, including the analysis and detection of food fraud, contamination, adulteration and spoilage, by leading researchers in academia, industry and government.

If you are interested in this important and topical area of research, discover the latest analytical breakthroughs in this special themed issue.

The following papers from the issue are free to access for the next four weeks – food for thought!

Point-and-shoot: rapid quantitative detection methods for on-site food fraud analysis – moving out of the laboratory and into the food supply chain

David I. Ellis, Howbeer Muhamadali, Simon A. Haughey, Christopher T. Elliott and Royston Goodacre
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 9401-9414
DOI: 10.1039/c5ay02048d


Development of a real-time PCR approach for the relative quantitation of horse DNA

Gavin J. Nixon, Timothy M. Wilkes and Malcolm J. Burns
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 8590-8596
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY01867F

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Top 10 most accessed Analytical Methods articles from July – September 2015

From July – September 2015, our most downloaded Analytical Methods articles were:

Principal component analysis
Rasmus Bro and Age K. Smilde
Anal. Methods, 2014,6, 2812-2831
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY41907J, Tutorial Review

Fluorescence spectroscopy and multi-way techniques. PARAFAC
Kathleen R. Murphy, Colin A. Stedmon, Daniel Graeber and Rasmus Bro
Anal. Methods, 2013,5, 6557-6566
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY41160E, Tutorial Review

A novel ratiometric fluorescence probe based on BSA assembled silver nanoclusters for mercuric ion selective sensing
Dongtao Lu, Caihong Zhang, Li Fan, Hongjuan Wu, Shaomin Shuang and Chuan Dong
Anal. Methods, 2013,5, 5522-5527
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY40901E, Paper

Identification of materials’ binding peptide sequences guided by a MALDI-ToF MS depletion assay
Sascha Steckbeck, Julian Schneider, Linda Wittig, Klaus Rischka, Ingo Grunwald and Lucio Colombi Ciacchi
Anal. Methods, 2014,6, 1501-1509
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY42042F, Paper

In-gel detection of biotin–protein conjugates with a green fluorescent streptavidin probe
Alanna E. Sorenson, Samuel P. Askin and Patrick M. Schaeffer
Anal. Methods, 2015,7, 2087-2092
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY02666G, Paper

Development and validation of a presumptive colour spot test method for the detection of piperazine analogues in seized illicit materials
Morgan Philp, Ronald Shimmon, Natasha Stojanovska, Mark Tahtouh and Shanlin Fu
Anal. Methods, 2013,5, 5402-5410
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY40511G, Paper

Comparison of different characterization methods for nanoparticle dispersions before and after aerosolization
Heinz Fissan, Simon Ristig, Heinz Kaminski, Christof Asbach and Matthias Epple
Anal. Methods, 2014,6, 7324-7334
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY01203H, Paper

Let there be chip—towards rapid prototyping of microfluidic devices: one-step manufacturing processes
Ansgar Waldbaur, Holger Rapp, Kerstin Länge and Bastian E. Rapp
Anal. Methods, 2011,3, 2681-2716
DOI: 10.1039/C1AY05253E, Critical Review

Contributors to the emerging investigators issue
Anal. Methods, 2015,7, 6937-6946
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY90060C, Profile

Nanoparticles: a global vision. Characterization, separation, and quantification methods. Potential environmental and health impact
Ana López-Serrano, Riansares Muñoz Olivas, Jon Sanz Landaluze and Carmen Cámara
Anal. Methods, 2014,6, 38-56
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY40517F, Critical Review

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5th Workshop on Microfluidics

The 5th Workshop on Microfluidics was held on the National Center for Research on Energy and Materials (CNPEM) in Campinas, Sao Paulo (Brazil), from July 23-24, 2015. Since 2011, the workshop has brought together young students, researchers, and companies from different states of Brazil to discuss topics related to fundamentals, fabrication technologies, innovations, and applications in microfluidic science. This field has been spread out around different regions of Brazil presenting outstanding contributions for microfabrication and microfluidic technologies.

The event was supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for the third time. Representing the scientific board of the V Workshop on Microfluidics, Prof. Charles Henry from Colorado State University, USA, presented the awards to the three best works which were awarded by the RSC .

Analyst Award was awarded to Eduardo L. Rossini, from Universidade Estadual Paulista, Araraquara (Brazil), for the work “Simultaneous determination of uric acid and creatinine using μPAD”. Furthermore, Roger Cardoso Moreira, from Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia (Brazil), received the Analytical Methods Award for the work “Adaptation of a commercial electrophoresis system for quaternary amines separation in microchips”. Lastly, the Lab on a Chip Award was given to Houari Cobas Gomez, from Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnológicas, Sao Paulo (Brazil), for the work “3D focalization LTCC microfluidic device for nanoparticle synthesis by nanoprecipitation”.

On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to thank the support received from the RSC.

Sincerely yours,

Angelo Luiz Gobbi

Microfabrication Laboratory – LNNano

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Opening of the V Workshop on Microfluidics,  Prof. Carlos Alberto Pacheco (general director of CNPEM) and Prof. Osvaldo de Oliveira (IFSC-USP) on microphone.

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Analyst Award was granted to Eduardo L. Rossini, from Universidade Estadual Paulista, Araraquara (Brazil), for the work “Simultaneous determination of uric acid and creatinine using μPAD”. Others are: Prof. Charles Henry (Colorado State), Prof. Alberto Fracassi (UNICAMP) and Angelo Gobbi


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Roger Cardoso Moreira, from Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia (Brazil), received the Analytical Methods Award for the work “Adaptation of a commercial electrophoresis system for quaternary amines separation in microchips”. Others: Prof. Charles Henry (Colorado State), Prof. Alberto Fracassi (UNICAMP) and Angelo Gobbi (LMF/LNNano)


Graphical Abstract

Lab on a Chip Award was given to Houari Cobas Gomez, from Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnológicas, Sao Paulo (Brazil), for the work “3D focalization LTCC microfluidic device for nanoparticle synthesis by nanoprecipitation”.  Others: Prof. Charles Henry (Colorado State), Prof. Alberto Fracassi (UNICAMP) and Angelo Gobbi (LMF/LNNano)

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SERS based magnetic immunoassay for cancer biomarker HE4

Schematic diagram of magnetic immunoassay based on SERS

Women with gynaecological malignancies are at high risk of developing ovarian cancer (OC). OC does not show any symptoms in the early stages, resulting in a delay in detection and definite diagnosis is obtained in the later stages. At present, ultrasonic imaging and assay of biomarkers (e.g. Human epididymis protein 4, HE4 ) are used for the diagnosis of OC. But the ultrasonic imaging can not discriminate between benign and malignant tumours and the immunoassays are time consuming, require sophisticated equipment and skilled professionals. Therefore, there is an urgent need for the development of a sensitive method for trace assay of biomarkers such as HE4. Jianlin Yao and colleagues from the Soochow University have developed a new approach based on surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and a magnetic immunoassay technique for rapid detection and separation of HE4 with high sensitivity and selectivity. ‘ The immuno nanoparticles studied could be developed as reagent kits in the clinical diagnosis of cancer’, opines Jianlin Yao. To learn more about the study, read the full article for free* by following the link given below.

Ultra-sensitive magnetic immunoassay of HE4 based on surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy
Ming Ge, Chao Wei, Minmin Xu, Congwei Fang, Yaxian Yuan, Renao Gu and Jianlin Yao
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 6489-6495
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY00977D

About the webwriter
Sushil Benke is a graduate student under the supervision of Dr. H. N. Gopi in the Department of Chemistry at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. His research focuses on the development of novel antimicrobial peptidomimetics.

*Access is free through a registered RSC account.

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Analytical Methods Emerging Investigators themed issue now published

Issue 17 is our themed issue on Emerging Investigators, featuring papers from some of the rising stars of analytical science. The aim of this issue was to highlight some of the outstanding young analytical scientists of today, and in doing so capture newly emerging high-impact areas of research – once you’ve taken a look at the papers, we hope you’ll agree that we’ve succeeded in doing this!

The issue is introduced in an Editorial from the Guest Editors: Lane Baker of Indiana University and Ryan Bailey of the University of Illinois.

Lane Baker and Ryan Bailey

Emerging investigators 2015
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 6936-6936
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY90061A

We’d like to thank Lane and Ryan for all their work, and all the authors for giving us such a great collection of papers. You can find out more about all of our Emerging Investigators in our profile piece:

Contributors to the emerging investigators issue
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 6937-6946
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY90060C

Check out the rest of the issue here: http://rsc.li/1NJPGDE

We hope that you enjoy this themed issue – please let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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Royal Society of Chemistry NMR Discussion Group – 8th Annual Postgraduate Meeting, University of Manchester

A conference report by Stephen Byard – NMR DG Secretary.

The annual NMR Discussion Group Postgraduate  Meeting  is  now  an established event and the 8th  meeting was hosted by the School of Chemistry, University of Manchester.  As always, the meeting provided an ideal forum for early career research workers to present their work in an informal environment, either orally or as a poster.    Established researchers, from both academia and industry, also attended the meeting as delegates.  A diverse range of topics was presented, covering all magnetic resonance related disciplines, including small molecule  characterisation,  solid-state NMR, imaging and molecular biology.

To complement presentations given by early career  research  workers,  overview  lectures  were  delivered  by  Professor  David Middleton (University of Lancaster) and Dr Mathias Nilsson (University of Manchester) on ‘Adventures in Biomolecular Design and Solid-State NMR’ and ‘Pure Shift NMR’ respectively.  The meeting was sponsored by Thermo Scientific and the Royal Society of Chemistry, and prizes were awarded for the best oral and poster presentations. Judging was carried out by three independent members of the NMR Discussion Group Committee.

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The prize for the best oral presentation was awarded to Davy Sinnaeve (Ghent University/University of Manchester), for his work on Ultrahigh resolution 1H – 1H coupling measurements, by Professor Gareth Morris  (NMR  DG Chairperson) and  Dr   Andrew   McLachlan  (Thermo Scientific).

<<< (Left to right: Professor Gareth Morris, Dr Andrew McLachlan and Dr Davy Sinnaeve)

The prize for the best poster presentation was  awarded to  Giulia Bignami (University of St Andrews) for Solid-state NMR Characterisation of 17O- and 29Si- enriched Zeolites by Professor Gareth Morris  and  Dr  Matt  Cude  (Analytical Methods, Royal Society of Chemistry).
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(Left to  right: Professor  Gareth  Morris, Dr Matt Cude and Giulia Bignami) >>>
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Both prize winners have been invited to make oral presentations at a joint Anglo- German NMR Discussion Group meeting which will be held at the Technische Universität Darmstadt in September 2015.

The 9th NMR Discussion Group Postgraduate Meeting will be held at the University of Oxford in June 2016, and details of all NMR DG events are made available on our website http://www.nmrdg.org.uk/

Stephen Byard – NMR DG Secretary.

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