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9th International Symposium on Enabling Technologies

The 9th International Symposium on Enabling Technologies is due to be held from 4th – 5th May, 2017, in Ottawa, Canada.

For 2017, ETP and the Canadian Society for Mass Spectrometry (CSMS) are working together to bringing sponsors and delegates an exciting new program featuring topics relating to: Native MS, MS in medicine, Imaging Advances, Ion Mobility Advances.

Members of CSMS will receive a discount on registrations fees.

Spanning across a packed two days, the 9th International Symposium on Enabling Technologies will include a multitude of distinguished speakers. There is also a poster competitions, with free one year Analytst and Analytical Methods subscriptions up for grabs.

Click here for full programme

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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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Hot articles in Analytical Methods

Take a look at our recent HOT Analytical Methods articles, these are now free to access for the next few weeks!

Graphical Abstract

A fast and highly sensitive method for the detection of canine distemper virus by naked eye
Caroline R. Basso, Claudia C. Tozato, João Pessoa A. Junior and Valber A. Pedrosa
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 2264-2267
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY02644F

Simple one-step preconcentration and cleanup with micellar system for high performance liquid chromatography determination of pyrethroids in traditional Chinese medicine
Ligang Chen and Wenjuan Xing
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 1691-1700
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY02553A

Ammonium salting out extraction with analyte preconcentration for sub-part per billion quantitative analysis in surface, ground and drinking water by flow injection tandem mass spectrometry
Sergio C. Nanita, Laura G. Kaldon and David L. Bailey
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 2300-2312
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY02620A

A chronopotentiometric flow injection system for aptasensing of E. coli O157
Jiahong Lei, Jiawang Ding and Wei Qin
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 825-829
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY02662D

Combining a Portable, Tandem Mass Spectrometer with Automated Library Searching – An Important Step Towards Streamlined, On-Site Identification of Forensic Evidence
Adam E. O’Leary, Herbert Oberacher, Seth E. Hall and Christopher C. Mulligan
Anal. Methods, 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY02778G

Portable Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform (DRIFT) Technique for the Non-invasive Identification of Canvas Ground: IR Spectra Reference Collection
M. Manfredi, E. Barberis, A. Rava, E. Robotti, F. Gosetti and E. Marengo
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 2313-2322
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY02006E


Graphical AbstractThe application of high resolution diffusion NMR for the characterisation and quantification of small molecules in saliva/dentifrice slurries
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Adam Le Gresley, Emma Simpson, Alex J. Sinclair, Neil Williams, Gary R. Burnett, Dave J. Bradshaw and Robert A. Lucas
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 2323-2332
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY02681K

Amino Acid Composition of Human Scalp Hair as a Biometric Classifier and Investigative Lead
Ayat H. B. Rashaid, Peter B. Harrington and Glen P. Jackson
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 1707-1718
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY02588A

Rapid and sensitive detection of Salmonella typhimurium using aptamer conjugated carbon dots as fluorescence probe
Renjie Wang, Yi Xu, Tao Zhang and Yan Jiang
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 1701-1706
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY02880E

Rapid assay of neopterin and biopterin in urine by wooden-tip electrospray ionization mass spectrometry
Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 2913-2916
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY00004A
Bi-cheng Yang, Fa-ying Liu, Jiu-bai Guo, Lei Wan, Juan Wu, Feng Wang, Huai Liu and Ou-ping Huang

Improved Monitoring of P. aeruginosa on Agar Plates
T. A. Webster, H. J. Sismaet, A. F. Sattler and E. D. Goluch
Anal. Methods, 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY02794A

Binding interaction between prazosin and a1A-adrenoceptor: Investigation on the thermodynamic behaviours and the binding mechanism by high performance affinity chromatography
Jing Wang, Qian Li, Lingjian Yang, Yajun Zhang, Jie Yu, Xinfeng Zhao, Jianbin Zheng, Youyi Zhang and Xiaohui Zheng
Anal. Methods, 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY03046J

Characteristics Region Extraction of Time Series Three-dimensional Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Shaohui Yu, Xue Xiao, Nanjing Zhao and Jisheng Yang
Anal. Methods, 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY02984D

Analysis of fatty acids and triacylglycerides by Pd nanoparticle-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry
Yuliya E. Silina, Claudia Fink-Straube, Heiko Hayen and Dietrich A. Volmer
Anal. Methods, 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5AY00705D

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Top ten most accessed Analytical Methods articles from April to June 2014

During the months April – June 2014, the 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

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

Fluorescence turn-off detection of hydrogen peroxide and glucose directly using carbon nanodots as probes
Jianfei Wei, Li Qiang, Jun Ren, Xiangling Ren, Fangqiong Tang and Xianwei Meng
Anal. Methods, 2014, 6, 1922-1927
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY41837E

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

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

Photocatalytic reduction of CO2: a brief review on product analysis and systematic methods
Jindui Hong, Wei Zhang, Jia Ren and Rong Xu
Anal. Methods, 2013, 5, 1086-1097
DOI: 10.1039/C2AY26270C
 

The Folin–Ciocalteu assay revisited: improvement of its specificity for total phenolic content determination
Juan Carlos Sánchez-Rangel, Jorge Benavides, J. Basilio Heredia, Luis Cisneros-Zevallos and Daniel A. Jacobo-Velázquez
Anal. Methods, 2013, 5, 5990-5999
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY41125G

Rhodamine and BODIPY chemodosimeters and chemosensors for the detection of Hg2+, based on fluorescence enhancement effects
M. J. Culzoni, A. Muñoz de la Peña, A. Machuca, H. C. Goicoechea and R. Babiano
Anal. Methods, 2013, 5, 30-49
DOI: 10.1039/C2AY25769F

Quantification of a-polylysine: a comparison of four UV/Vis spectrophotometric methods
Andrea Grotzky, Yuichi Manaka, Sara Fornera, Martin Willeke and Peter Walde
Anal. Methods, 2010, 2, 1448-1455
DOI: 10.1039/C0AY00116C
 

OpenFluor– an online spectral library of auto-fluorescence by organic compounds in the environment
Kathleen R. Murphy, Colin A. Stedmon, Philip Wenig and Rasmus Bro
Anal. Methods, 2014, 6, 658-661
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY41935E

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Probing tissue calcifications for cancer

The presence of calcifications is an early indicator of breast cancer and is detected using a mammography to diagnose the disease. However, both malignant and benign tissues present these calcifications, and the small chemical differences in both cases have been difficult to distinguish. Vibrational spectroscopy has been used to study these differences, but the difficulty arises in trying to locate them deep in tissue.

Researchers in the UK at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Cranfield University and the University of Exeter compared micro CT and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) in locating calcifications embedded within wax biopsy tissue samples. Both techniques successfully located calcifications, and CT had some advantages in resolution, speed and depth. Furthermore, typical collection, such as the dyes used in histological staining can affect the collected spectra. An alternative method such as CT coupled with spectroscopy could potentially find calcifications and detect cancer.

To read more about this study, click the link below which is free until April 19th.

Locating microcalcifications in breast histopathology sections using micro CT and XRF mapping
Robert Scott, Catherine Kendall, Nicholas Stone and Keith Rogers
Anal. Methods, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY42158A

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Geological technique adapted to analyse Aboriginal Australian objects

Australian scientists have used a device initially designed for the mining industry to analyse the mineral content of pigments on wooden objects of cultural significance.

Aboriginal Australian people use mineral pigments such as kaolinite and hematite to decorate wood, bark, resin and other organic substances. The analysis of these materials in a non-destructive way can be extremely challenging. In objects with elaborate designs, what is needed is a technique that can analyse point-by-point and map out the pigments on the surface of the object.

To read the full article by Rebecca Brodie, please visit Chemistry World.

HyLogger™ near-infrared spectral analysis: a non-destructive mineral analysis of Aboriginal Australian objects
Rachel S. Popelka-Filcoff, Alan Mauger, Claire E. Lenehan, Keryn Walshe and Allan Pring
Anal. Methods, 2014,6, 1309-1316
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY41436A, Paper

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Catching viruses associated with cervical cancer

Researchers in the UK have developed an automated bioassay that can spot the forms of the human papilloma virus (HPV) most often linked with cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in women and it is almost always associated with the Human Papilloma virus (HPV), a DNA virus with more than 200 known genotypes. Almost 99% of all cervical cancers are associated with at least one genotype of HPV. Estimates suggest that more than 50% of people will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives and many will not even know it, with most genotypes not being a risk to humans.

Early stages of cervical cancer do not present clear symptoms so a simple and rapid diagnostic test capable of detecting and differentiating multiple HPV types is needed to implement appropriate and timely treatment.

Now, Ross Stevenson and co-workers at the University of Strathclyde and Renishaw Diagnostics have developed a quick and efficient bioassay that uses surface-enhanced Raman scattering spectroscopy (SERS) to differentiate between different HPV genotypes.

To read the full article, please visit Chemistry World.

Human papilloma virus genotyping by surface-enhanced Raman scattering
Sam Hibbitts, P. Lewis White, Julie Green, Graeme McNay, Duncan Graham and Ross Stevenson
Anal. Methods, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AY00155A, Communication

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HOT Articles in Analytical Methods

Take a look at our new hot articles just published in Analytical Methods. These papers are all free to read until January 6th 2014. Enjoy the reading!

Multianalytical approach to explain the darkening process of hematite pigment in paintings from ancient Pompeii after accelerated weathering experiments
Maite Maguregui, Kepa Castro, Héctor Morillas, Josu Trebolazabala, Ulla Knuutinen, Rita Wiesinger, Manfred Schreiner and Juan Manuel Madariaga
Anal. Methods, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY41741G, Paper

A new method to determine the thickness of platinum nanofilm simply by measuring its electrical resistance
Yujing Sun, Zhiwei Wen, Fugang Xu, Yue Zhang, Yan Shi, Haichao Dai and Zhuang Li
Anal. Methods, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY41488D, Communication

A real-time cell-electronic sensing method for comparative analysis of toxicity of water contaminants
Haiying Du, Jinhua Li, Birget Moe, Claire F. McGuigan and Xing-Fang Li
Anal. Methods, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY41686K, Paper

Magnetic imprinted surface enhanced Raman scattering (MI-SERS) based ultrasensitive detection of ciprofloxacin from a mixed sample
Zhinan Guo, Lei Chen, Haiming Lv, Zhi Yu and Bing Zhao
Anal. Methods, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY40866C, Paper

Synthesis, characterization and adsorption performance of molecularly imprinted nanoparticles for tripterine by precipitation polymerization
Yuan Liu, Guifeng Zhang, Lihong Deng, Jiandu Lei, Lianyan Wang and Jing He
Anal. Methods, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY41772G, Paper

Selection, identification and application of a DNA aptamer against Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin A
Yukun Huang, Xiujuan Chen, Yu Xia, Shijia Wu, Nuo Duan, Xiaoyuan Ma and Zhouping Wang
Anal. Methods, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3AY41576G, Paper

Multianalytical approach to explain the darkening process of hematite pigment in paintings from ancient Pompeii after accelerated weathering experiments

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Detecting iron the smart way

Spanish scientists have developed a way to quantitatively measure the amount of iron in a solution using a colour changing material and photos taken on a smartphone. Detecting iron the smart way

Iron is present in almost every aspect of our lives but an excess, known as iron overload, can cause significant long term effects ranging from liver damage to arthritis as a result of iron deposition in organs or joints. As such, the amount of iron in a variety of environments needs to be carefully monitored.

Unlike traditional quantitative techniques, which require removing samples to the lab for assessment by trained specialists, the new approach devised by José Miguel García and colleagues at the University of Burgos can return a result within 15 minutes. Central to the technique is 8-hydroxyquinoline, a particularly stable iron chelator, which is immobilised on a polymer disk and will change colour depending on the amount of iron chelated to it.

To read the full article, please visit Chemistry World.

Solid sensory polymer substrates for the quantification of iron in blood, wine and water by a scalable RGB technique
Saúl Vallejos, Asunción Muñoz, Saturnino Ibeas, Felipe Serna, Félix Clemente García and José Miguel García
J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3TA12703F

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Eye spy cyanide

The colour of cyanide poisoning is purple, according to researchers in Switzerland who have developed a method that enables them to quickly detect blood cyanide levels through a simple colour change.

The two-step method to detect cyanide. (A) Adding a chemosensor to a blood sample, followed by extracting the purple chemosensor–cyano complex from the sample. (B) Washing the column with water

The two-step method to detect cyanide. (A) Adding a chemosensor to a blood sample, followed by extracting the purple chemosensor–cyano complex from the sample. (B) Washing the column with water

Cyanide poisoning as a result of smoke inhalation can have serious or fatal consequences unless an antidote is rapidly administered. Current methods for determining cyanide poisoning, including microdiffusion, microdistillation and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry detection, can take up to an hour to give results and are not suitable for point-of-care settings.

Read the full article in Chemistry World online.

Rapid visual detection of blood cyanide
Christine Männel-Croisé and Felix Zelder
Anal. Methods, 2012, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2AY25595B

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