For this last issue of 2012 we have three lovely covers for you to enjoy. The water-themed front cover comes from Lin Liu at Anyang Normal University, who together with a team from China has developed a colorimetric assay for the determination of arsenic. This was applied to the testing of drinking water and could detect levels set by the World Health Organization.
Simple, rapid and label-free colorimetric assay for arsenic based on unmodified gold nanoparticles and a phytochelatin-like peptide
Ning Xia, Yunfeng Shi, Renchun Zhang, Feng Zhao, Feng Liu and Lin Liu
Anal. Methods, 2012, 4, 3937-3941
Our inside front cover comes from Okayama University, Japan, where a team led by Michihiro Miyake has been looking at layered double hydroxides, often used as inorganic hosts for developing functional materials.
Determination of carbonate ion contents in layered double hydroxides by FTIR spectrometry
Toshiyuki Tanaka, Yoshikazu Kameshima, Shunsuke Nishimoto and Michihiro Miyake
Anal. Methods, 2012, 4, 3925-3927
The striking image on the back cover showcases research into surface plasmon-coupled emission-based sensors by Professor Yao-Qun Li’s research group from the Department of Chemistry and Key Laboratory of Analytical Sciences, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China.
Directional surface plasmon-coupled emission of CdTe quantum dots and its application in Hg(II) sensing
Xiao-Qing Liu, Qian Liu, Shuo-Hui Cao, Wei-Peng Cai, Yu-Hua Weng, Kai-Xin Xie and Yao-Qun Li
Anal. Methods, 2012, 4, 3956-3960
These three cover papers will be free to read for 6 weeks.
This issue also features a HOT article by Haifei Zhang and colleagues at the Univeristy of Liverpool. Capillary columns were prepared and evaluated on their use in HPLC. This paper will be free for 2 weeks.
Preparation of aligned porous silica monolithic capillary columns and their evaluation for HPLC
Adham Ahmed, Peter Myers and Haifei Zhang
Anal. Methods, 2012, 4, 3942-3947