Themed issue on microplastics in the environment now published!

The new themed issue for Analytical Methods titled Microplastics in the environment” is now published.

Guest Edited by Professors Fiona Regan (Dublin City University, UK), Chelsea Rochman (University of California Davis, USA) and Richard Thompson (Plymouth University, UK), this themed issue highlights the outstanding work in microplastics analysis and provides insight into this emerging and important area of research, coinciding with the recent high-profile media coverage on this topic.

All articles in the collection are free* to read until the 17th April 2017 (Access is free through a registered RSC publishing account).

This themed issue is introduced by the Guest Editors in their Editorial:

On the harmonization of methods for measuring the occurrence, fate and effects of microplastics

There are also two additional Editorials from leaders in the field discussing the current challenges facing researchers in microplastics analysis:

Improving microplastics source apportionment: a role for microplastic morphology and taxonomy?

Paul A. Helm

Analytical challenges associated with the determination of microplastics in the environment

Robert C. Hale

We hope you enjoy reading this issue!

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Introducing the new Analytical Methods editorial board Chair: Scott Martin

We are delighted to announce that, from 1st March, 2017, Scott Martin will be taking over as Editor-in-Chief of the Analytical Methods editorial board.

 

Scott Martin is Professor and Department Chair of Chemistry at Saint Louis University. He received his BS and MS degrees from Missouri State University and a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research interests involve the use of microchip devices for monitoring biological systems. This includes development of methods for analyzing cells on-chip through integration of multiple techniques such as cell culture, electrophoresis and electrochemistry.

Up until now, Scott has been making a valuable contribution to the journal through his work as an Associate Editor. He first joined the editorial board in 2013.

We have complete confidence that the future of Analytical Methods is in extremely safe hands.

He will have the unenviable task of following up the fantastic work of former chair, Susan Lunte. The entire Analytical Methods team would like to thank Sue for her continued support and commitment. Thankfully, we are not losing Sue, as she is becoming a member of our advisory board.

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Outstanding Reviewers for Analytical Methods 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 Analytical Methods 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.

Dr Elias Blanco Gil, Universidad Autonoma De Madrid

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

Dr Christopher Foster, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Bin Hu, Wuhan University

Dr Shu-Hui Huo, Nankai University

Dr Dingbin Liu, Nankai University

Professor Antonio Molina-Diaz, University of Jaén

Dr Edward Randviir, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Xueguang Shao, Nankai University

Dr He-Fang Wang, Nankai University

We would also like to thank the Analytical Methods 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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Introducing new Analytical Methods Associate Editor: Professor Chris Easley

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Chris Easley as our newest Associate Editor on the Editorial Board.


Chris Easley is Knowles Associate Professor at Auburn University, USA. The Easley Laboratory focuses on the development of novel microanalytical techniques for performing unique experiments on biological systems. His laboratory’s research spans across multiple scientific disciplines, from analytical chemistry to molecular and cellular biology, using techniques which include ‘microfluidics, fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy, passive flow control, molecular biology, aptamer selection, and electrophoresis’.


We welcome Chris Easley and his expertise to the Analytical Methods Editorial Board as Associate Editor alongside our ten existing Associate Editors. This appointment strengthens the Editorial Board, with all papers handled by an expert in the field. Submit your paper to Professor Easley today!

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

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The Emerging Technologies Competition is looking for food innovation

For five years the Royal Society of Chemistry’s competition has supported start-ups and universities with getting their technologies to market. The competition now has a dedicated food & drink category and is accepting applications until 13 March 2017

The Emerging Technologies Competition is supporting innovation right across the food & drink sector – from smart ingredients and novel delivery technologies, to crop protection, food authenticity, security and traceability.

Winners will be supported by food & drink giants Unilever, Diageo and Mondeléz. This support is completely tailored to the needs of the winner; it may include strategy reviews, assisting with market research, product testing, supporting funding bids, or introductions to brand new networks.

They will also receive:

  • Support with media coverage and publicity
  • Financial mentoring from KPMG
  • Business training from University of Cambridge’s Entrepreneurial Centre
  • Intellectual property advice from Mewburn Ellis LLP
  • £10,000 prize money

The competition has proved a fantastic springboard for entrepreneurial ideas. Winners have gone on to raise a combined total of over £25 million in investment and funding, and one has recently announced a £28 million trade sale. Competition entrants have their business ideas rigorously assessed by specialists from both industry and the public sector, meaning winning has been instrumental in demonstrating a technology’s worth to investors.

Renata Zioben, whose company Haemostatix was bought after winning in the competition in 2015, says:

“[Winning the competition] demonstrated to our share-holders that our product was regarded as highly innovative, and validated the technology for our acquirer.”

In addition, the competition has seen university groups spin out into promising businesses, and small businesses expand overseas, enter commercial contracts, conduct industrial scale trials and collectively double their number of employees.

The competition closes for applications 13 March. Find out more and enter here.

The competition is supporting innovation right across the food & drink sector. The category spans a broad range of topics, including:

Healthy food and nutrition | Food safety | Smart ingredients | Novel delivery technologies | Food and raw material authenticity, security and traceability | Clean label | Food ingredient stability and monitoring | Crop protection and agricultural productivity | Water quality | Sustainable practices in process efficiency and waste minimisation

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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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25 Most Accessed Analytical Methods Articles of 2016

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

3D-printed microfluidic devices: fabrication, advantages and limitations—a mini review
Chengpeng Chen, Benjamin T. Mehl, Akash S. Munshi, Alexandra D. Townsend, Dana M. Spence and R. Scott Martin
Anal. Methods, 2016,8, 6005-6012
DOI: 10.1039/C6AY01671E

Aluminium foil as a potential substrate for ATR-FTIR, transflection FTIR or Raman spectrochemical analysis of biological specimens
Li Cui, Holly J. Butler, Pierre L. Martin-Hirsch and Francis L. Martin
Anal. Methods, 2016,8, 481-487
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY02638E

SERS study of bacteria using biosynthesized silver nanoparticles as the SERS substrate
Balaprasad Ankamwar, Ujjal Kumar Sur and Pulak Das
Anal. Methods, 2016,8, 2335-2340
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY03014E

Green fluorescent protein-based assays for high-throughput functional characterization and ligand-binding studies of biotin protein ligase
Samuel P. Askin, Thomas E. H. Bond and Patrick M. Schaeffer
Anal. Methods, 2016,8, 418-424
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY03064A

Forensic electrochemistry: simultaneous voltammetric detection of MDMA and its fatal counterpart “Dr Death” (PMA)
Loanda R. Cumba, Jamie P. Smith, Khaled Y. Zuway, Oliver B. Sutcliffe, Devaney R. do Carmo and Craig E. Banks
Anal. Methods, 2016,8, 142-152
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY02924D

 

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 Analytical Methods @MethodsRSC on Twitter.
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Sign up to the new alerting system for Analytical Abstracts

Analytical Abstracts is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s specialised literature updating service for analytical science.  Covering a wide range of sources, the service keeps you keeps you up to date with the most recent developments from the field.

Recently, the Analytical Abstracts website underwent a transformation, with a new user interface and searching tools. We have also developed a brand new email alerting system that allows you to tailor your alerts to your research interests. This new system is now up and running and the previous weekly alerts are being phased out.

To ensure you continue to stay up to date with the latest research from across the analytical sciences, make sure you sign up to the new alerting system now before the old system becomes unavailable at the end of November.

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IWA Regional Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Catchment Management

Dublin City University Water Institute are delighted to host the forthcoming IWA Regional Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Catchment Management, taking place in DCU’s Helix Conference Centre,  October 23 – 27 2016.

DCU Water Institute aims at addressing national, international and global water resource problems through excellence in research, education and innovation in water science, technology, management and governance.

The main topics to be addressed at the conference will be:

  • Applications of Innovation Technologies
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Critical Pollution Source Areas
  • Diffuse Pollution
  • Diffuse Pollution Impacts
  • Ecosystem Health
  • Emerging Innovative Technologies: Sensing & Decision Support
  • Emerging Innovative Technologies: Wastewater
  • Emerging Pollutants
  • Governance & Policy
  • Green Solutions
  • Integrated Catchment Management
  • Integrated Catchment & Agriculture
  • Storm Water Management
  • Value of Citizen /Stakeholder Engagement
  • Water Economics Roundtable*

Plenary speakers at the conference include Professor Bertrand-Krajewski, John Matthews and William Sarni.

You can register for the conference here and find out more about the conference here.

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Top 10 Reviewers for Analytical Methods

In celebration of Peer Review Week, with the theme of Recognition for Review – we would like to highlight the top 10 reviewers for Analytical Methods 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 Analytical Methods board and all of the analytical community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

Name

Institution

Edward Randviir

Manchester Metropolitan University

Lingxin Chen

Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry

Liu Dingbin

Nankai University

Xiaoxiao He

Hunan University

Xuegang Shao

Nankai University

Elias Blancoo Gil

Universidad Autonoma De Madrid

Antonio Molina Diaz

University of Jaen

Xiang Cao

Britol-Myers Squibb Company

S Walorcyzk

Institute of Plant Protection-National Research Institute

Juewen Liu

University of Waterloo

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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