Archive for July, 2010

Celebrating the 10th birthday of the European Laser Ablation Workshop

Jorge Pisonero, University of Oviedo, JAAS Advisory Board Member

The 10th European Workshop on Laser Ablation in Elemental and Isotopic Analysis was held in the popular city of Kiel, one of the main maritime centres of Germany and well-known for the annual Kiel Week, which is the biggest sailing event in the world. The local organizers of the workshop, headed by Jan Fietzke, Dieter Garbe-Schönberg and Thor Hansteen, did a wonderful job attracting more than 100 enthusiastic participants from 15 countries, in this way demonstrating the growing interest on the laser ablation analytical techniques.

The increasing number of papers reporting on laser ablation applications, in both elemental and isotopic chemistry, indicates that laser ablation has become a mature analytical tool that is widely used in many disciplines. In this sense, the bi-annual European Workshop is an adequate platform for a truly multidisciplinary arrangement. In the words of this year local organizers: “This workshop mirrors the present state-of-the-art in laser ablation and intends to bring together experienced and new users, theorists and practitioners, scientific users and manufacturers”. In fact, they managed it perfectly, and even the conference dinner (a wonderful cruise) kept the participants together for an intense exchange! 

The Workshop was divided into 8 different sessions, including: fundamentals of particle formation and transport; calibration, standardization, reference materials; femtosecond laser ablation; instrumentation; applications in geochemistry; imaging, applications in life science; forensics, materials science, and nuclear research;  and applications in biogeochemistry. Additionally, several invited lectures given on individual topics and lively discussions with the authors during poster sessions, contributed to the success of the workshop. The outstanding session chairmen, including: R. Hergenröder, B. Hattendorf, D. Günther, W. Müller, F. Vanhaecke, N. Jakubowski , D. Garbe-Schönberg and J. Fietzke, successfully organized exciting and thrilling debates at the end of the sessions, in the panel discussions. Moreover, the exhibition of instruments attracted all of the conference attendees, and new instrumentation as well as improvements in existing systems were presented.

Attendees to the 10th European Workshop on Laser Ablation, Kiel, Germany

Finally, I would like to point out that the next European Workshop on Laser Ablation (EWLA11) will be organized by the Research Groups of Laser and Plasma Spectroscopy and Analytical Spectrometry from the University of Oviedo, Spain. It will take place in June 2012 in Gijón, a lovely city on the north coast of Spain (by the Cantabric sea), which combines beautiful beaches, excellent gastronomy, and green mountains. We will try to organize an interesting, exciting and interactive workshop and we are looking forward to meeting you there!

Read recent articles in JAAS by Jorge Pisonero on the topic of laser ablation ICP-MS:

Numerical simulation analysis of flow patterns and particle transport in the HEAD laser ablation cell with respect to inductively coupled plasma spectrometry
Helmut Lindner, David Autrique, Jorge Pisonero, Detlef Günther and Annemie Bogaerts
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2010, 25, 295-304, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/B920905K

Critical review of GD-MS, LA-ICP-MS and SIMS as inorganic mass spectrometric techniques for direct solid analysis
Jorge Pisonero, Beatriz Fernández and Detlef Günther
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2009, 24, 1145-1160, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/B904698D

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2010 Winter Conference themed issue published in JAAS

The themed issue from the 2010 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry is now available online. The articles in the issue are from the conference, which was held earlier this year in Fort Myers, Florida, USA, on January 3-9.

Highlights from the issue include:

Read the other articles in the issue, and for the latest content published in JAAS, visit the website.

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JAAS Presentation Prize at Laser Ablation Workshop

Congratulations to Christoph Kurta from Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria, who was awarded the JAAS Presentation Prize at the recent 2010 European Workshop on Laser Ablation held at in Kiel, Germany from 29 June – 1 July, 2010. Well done Christoph!

Keep up to date with the latest research on laser ablation published in JAAS, www.rsc.org/jaas

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JAAS celebrates 25th anniversary at BNASS!

BNASS 2010 was held as a one-day meeting this year on the 7th July in Cambridge. The meeting was attended by JAAS Deputy Editor Vibhuti Patel, and was a combination of Manufacturere User Group Meetings from ThermoFisher Scientific and Agilent Technologies, four keynote speakers and an interactive poster session and mixer.

The speakers were:

Clive Thompson, ALcontrol Laboratories, Yorkshire, UK
Katrin Loeschner, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark
Jackie Morton, Health and Safety Laboratory, Buxton, UK
Barry Sharp, Loughborough University, UK

Continuing the celebrations of 25 years of publication, there was a JAAS sponsored lunch for delegates, followed by birthday cake! Happily, our 25th anniversary co-incided with 30 years of BNASS, so there was even more reason to celebrate.

A JAAS poster prize was also presented to the best poster, and this was awarded to Liz Leese from HSL (Health and Safety Laboratory), UK. Well done!

JAAS Deputy Editor Vibhuti Patel

May Copsey, Editor of JAAS and Professor Barry Sharp, JAAS Editorial Board member and keynote speaker

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10th European Workshop on Laser Ablation

The 2010 European Workshop on Laser Ablation was held at the Steigenberger Hotel in Kiel, Germany from 29 June – 1 July, 2010.
Each session showcased work on fundamental studies, method development and interesting applications, with plenty of time for discussion and debate.  Some of the exciting topics were:

  • Fundamentals of particle formation and transport
  • Calibration, standardization and reference materials
  • Femtosecond laser ablation
  • Forensics, materials science and nuclear research
  • Applications in biogeochemistry

Plenary lectures were provided by Günter Huber of the University of Hamburg, and JAAS Editorial Board member Frank Vanhaekce of the University of Ghent.

Kiel, Germany

This conference was organized by the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences, Christian-Albrechts-University and the Kiel Cluster of Excellence.  Around 110 international delegates participated in a program comprising 28 talks and 29 poster presentations.  The latest technological advances in LA-ICP-MS were also on display by 14 exhibitors.

The Scientific Committee decided that the next European Workshop on Laser Ablation will be held in Oviedo, Spain in 2012. Until then, don’t forget you can stay informed of the latest in laser ablation by signing up to the free JAAS e-alerts.

- Beatriz Fernandez

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International Glow Discharge Symposium 2010

The 2010 International Glow Discharge Symposium is to be held in Albi, France from August 22-25, 2010 at University Jean-Francois Champollion.  The Symposium will unite both research scientists and analytical users to discuss the current state-of-the art methods and to define the scientific problems to be addressed as the technique advances.

More information can be found at the event website.

If your interests include glow discharge spectroscopy, this is the conference to attend!

Steve Ray, JAAS News Editor

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8th International Sector-Field ICP-MS Conference 2009

The 8th International Sector Field ICP-MS Conference took place in Ghent, Belgium in September 2009. Watch out for a selection of articles from this conference which will be published in the next issue of JAAS.

Sessions and social time at the 8th International Sector-Field ICP-MS Conference

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JAAS impact factor holds top place

The recently published 2009 Journal Citation Reports® show that JAAS maintains its position as the leading journal in atomic spectrometry publishing primary research, with an impact factor of 3.45!

Authors in JAAS can not only continue to enjoy recognition by publishing in a high impact journal, but also benefit from an international readership, fast times to publication and the excellent service provided by RSC Publishing.

Why not read the latest or submit your work today?

Footnote:
The Impact Factor provides an indication of the average number of citations per paper. Produced annually by ISI®, 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 2009 Impact Factors, calculated by ISI®, released June 2010.

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