This month’s issue of JAAS is now online and ready for you to read. On the front cover is a very striking and colourful image from the group led by Nerea Bordel and JAAS Advisory Board member Jorge Pisonero at the University of Oviedo, Spain. Together with their team, they have developed a new experimental setup that can apply an intense and transverse magnetic field of up to 70 mT to radiofrequency glow discharge plasma for optical emission spectroscopy. This produces a magnetic field independent of the sample thickness. Read more about their work by clicking below.
An improved analytical performance of magnetically boosted radiofrequency glow discharge
P. Vega, R. Valledor, J. Pisonero and N. Bordel
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1658-1666
There are also a couple of HOT articles in this issue this month. Yuying Huang from the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, and colleagues, have been looking at zinc-containing steelmaking waste, and ways at better dealing with it.
Quantitative Zn speciation in zinc-containing steelmaking wastes by X-ray absorption spectroscopy
Lihua Wang, Xiaoming Lu, Xiangjun Wei, Zheng Jiang, Songqi Gu, Qian Gao and Yuying Huang
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1667-1673
In a step towards determining impurities in pharmaceutical compounds, Jiří Dědina from the Institute of Analytical Chemistry of the ASCR, Czech Republic, and colleagues from the Czech Republic and Brazil have used hydride generation-cryotrapping-gas chromatography-atomic absorption spectrometry for arsenic speciation analysis in an injectable drug. In this case they have tested N-methylglucamine antimonate, a drug used in the treatment of Leishmaniasis, a disease caused by protozoan parasites transmitted through the bite of sandflies.
Selective generation of substituted arsines-cryotrapping-atomic absorption spectrometry for arsenic speciation analysis in N-methylglucamine antimonate
Diogo P. Moraes, Milan Svoboda, Tomáš Matoušek, Erico M. M. Flores and Jiří Dědina
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1734-1742
We also have a Critical Review this month. Dimiter L. Tsalev and Elisaveta Ivanova have reviewed Bulgarian analytical atomic spectroscopists in the new millenium, with an emphasis on direct methods of sampling and pretreatment. Read all about it by clicking below.
Bulgarian analytical atomic spectroscopists in the new millennium—integrated in the European research area
Dimiter L. Tsalev and Elisaveta Ivanova
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1645-1657
The cover article will be free to read for 6 weeks, while the rest of the papers will be free to access for 2 weeks.