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15th Rio Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry

AIMS AND SCOPE

The aim of the 15th Rio Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry is to bring together experts from universities, academia, official centers, laboratories and industry, to summarize the current progress in different areas of atomic spectrometry and the trends in the applications such as chemical, environmental, geological, biological, food, pharmaceutical and industrial materials and to stimulate contacts and mutual exchange of experiences and ideas.

The 15th RS is held every 2 years and is usually attended by more than 300 participants from 20 countries. It is developed in five days that include the following activities: opening ceremony and conference, invited plenary lectures given by researchers of international prestige, exhibition of novel works under the modality of oral presentations and posters as well as technical seminars of different laboratory suppliers. All submitted works are evaluated and only those of the highest scientific quality are awarded by important publishers (e.g. Elsevier, The Royal Society of Chemistry and Springer). In addition, the works presented at the 15th RS will be included in a book of abstracts and could be published in special issues of international journals after an evaluation performed by recognized external reviewers.

SCIENTIFIC TOPICS

  • Atomic Absorption Spectrometry

  • Electrothermal Atomization

  • Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry

  • Chemical Vapor Generation

  • Sample Preparation

  • Plasma-based Techniques

  • X-Ray Spectrometry

  • Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectrometry

  • Speciation Analysis

  • Hyphenated Techniques

  • Metallomics

  • Computational Spectroscopy and Imaging Techniques

  • Chemometrics in Spectrometry

HISTORY

Since 1988, the Rio Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry (RS), named like this after the first meeting in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) organized by Dr. Bernhard Welz and Dr. Adilson Curtius, has been held in several countries of South America.

The RS was presented as a unique opportunity for students and researchers from South America to establish contact with the greatest specialists in atomic spectrometry of the United States, Canada and Europe. Thanks to this interaction, cooperation agreements, publications, exchange of students and researchers, etc. have emerged, which allowed South America researchers to get recognition in the whole international scientific community.

Such is the success of the RS, that in these 30 years the attendance of students and researchers from South America, Europe, the United States, Canada, etc., has grown with each meeting (more than 350 participants) and the Scientific Committee involves highly prestigious researchers from all over the world.

 

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Gordon F. Kirkbright and Edward Steers Bursary Awards, 2020

The Gordon F. Kirkbright bursary award is a prestigious annual award that assists a promising early career scientist of any nation to attend a recognised scientific meeting or visit a place of learning. The fund for this bursary was established in 1985 as a memorial to Professor Gordon Kirkbright in recognition of his contributions to analytical spectroscopy and to science in general.

Owing to the generosity of one of our former trustees, an eminent atomic spectroscopist, Professor Edward B.M. Steers, we are now, from 2020, in the position of being able to award an Edward Steers bursary, in addition to the long standing Gordon Kirkbright bursary, to similarly assist a promising early scientist engaged in or utilising analytical spectroscopic techniques.

The ABS Trust defines early career as being either a student, or an employee in a non-tenured academic post or in industry, within 7 years of award of PhD excluding career breaks. The same conditions apply to each bursary.

Applications are invited for both the 2020 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary and the 2020 Edward Steers Bursary.  Although both funds are administered by the ABS Trust, the Kirkbright award is not restricted to spectroscopists, but is open to all involved with or utilising analytical science-based techniques.

Application Forms can be downloaded from:

http://www.abstrust.org/kirkbright-bursary-award-application-form

and:

http://www.abstrust.org/steers-bursary-award-application-form

or for further information visit:

http://www.abstrust.org/, or contact abstrustuk@gmail.com

The closing date for entries is 30 November 2019.

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JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2019 Recipient

We are delighted to announce Marta Costas Rodríguez as the recipient of the JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2019. This Lectureship aims to recognise and support an emerging

Marta Costas Rodríguez

scientist working in the area of atomic spectrometry in the early stages of their independent career.

Introducing Marta Costas Rodríguez, Ghent University, Belgium:

Marta Costas Rodríguez obtained her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Vigo (Spain) in 2011, where she was awarded with the Extraordinary Doctorate Award (Sciences scope). Her work focused on the development of analytical methods for elemental analysis by spectrometric techniques. Since 2012, she is a postdoctoral researcher (currently with a postdoctoral fellowship from the Flemish Research Foundation FWO – Flanders) in the ‘Atomic & Mass Spectrometry – A&MS’ research group of Prof. Frank Vanhaecke at Ghent University (Belgium). Her research at UGent is mainly dealing with high-precision isotopic analysis in biomedicine. She has supervised 3 Master and 2 PhD students and is currently guiding another 2 PhD students in this field. She is (co)author of 50 peer-reviewed international papers and 4 book chapters and has given some 50 presentations on conferences. Her current research interests are elemental and isotopic analysis by single- and multi-collector ICP-MS and bioimaging with LA-ICP-MS.

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Outstanding Reviewers for JAAS in 2018

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for JAAS in 2018, 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 Cesar Alvarez-Llamas, ICB Laboratory ORCiD: 0000-0001-7793-7000

Dr Antonio Canals, Alicante University ORCiD: 0000-0001-7420-3976

Dr Gregory Eiden, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ORCiD: 0000-0001-8182-7357

Professor Hisash Hayashi, Japan Women’s University ORCiD: 0000-0002-8504-4066

Professor Chris Jeynes, University of Surrey ORCiD: 0000-0002-6404-8957

Dr Jun-Ichi Kimura, JAMSTEC ORCiD: 0000-0002-2677-515X

Dr Joaquim Nobrega, Sao Carlos Federal University ORCiD: 0000-0001-9134-9547

Dr Dirce Pozebon, Rio Grande do Sul Federal university ORCiD: 0000-0003-0143-1753

Dr Jose-Luis Todoli Torro, Alicante University ORCiD: 0000-0002-9151-7050

Dr Alex Ulianov, University of Lausanne ORCiD: 0000-0001-7047-6862

We would also like to thank the JAAS board and the analytical chemistry 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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Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award, 2019

The Gordon F. Kirkbright bursary award is a prestigious annual award that assists a promising early career scientist of any nation to attend a recognised scientific meeting or visit a place of learning. (We define early career as being either a student, or an employee in a non-tenured academic post or in industry, within 7 years of award of PhD excluding career breaks).

The fund for this bursary was established in 1985 as a memorial to Professor Gordon Kirkbright in recognition of his contributions to analytical spectroscopy and to science in general. Although the fund is administered by the Association of British Spectroscopists (ABS) Trust, the award is not restricted to spectroscopists, but is open to all involved with or utilising analytical science-based techniques.

Applications are invited for the 2019 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary.

An Application Form can be downloaded from:

http://www.abstrust.org/kirkirkbright-bursary-award-application-form

or for further information visit:

http://www.abstrust.org/, or contact abstrustuk@gmail.com

The closing date for entries is 30 November 2018.

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Outstanding Reviewers for JAAS in 2017

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for JAAS in 2017, 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.

 

Professor Pawel Pohl, Wroclaw University of Technology, ORCID: 0000-0003-1844-7188

Dr Dmitriy Malinovskiy, LGC limited, ORCID: 0000-0002-7055-2359

Dr Zhe Wang, Tsinghua University, ORCID: 0000-0001-6857-7672

Dr Joaquim Nobrega, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, ORCID: 0000-0001-9134-9547

Dr Erico Flores, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, ORCID: 0000-0001-9785-2477

Professor Jose-Luis Todoli, Universitat d’Alacant, ORCID: 0000-0002-9151-7050

Dr Gregory Eiden, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, ORCID: 0000-0001-8182-7357

Professor Michael Webb, University of North Carolina Wilmington, ORCID: 0000-0003-4762-2555

Dr Andreas Limbeck, Vienna University of Technology, ORCID: 0000-0001-5042-2445

Dr Gábor Galbács, University of Szeged, ORCID: 0000-0002-1799-5329

 

We would also like to thank the JAAS board and the atomic spectroscopy 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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Congratulations to Lester W. Strock Award Winner: Frank Vanhaecke

The Lester W. Strock Award is given by the New England Section of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy in recognition of a selected publication of substantive research in/or application of analytical atomic spectrochemistry in the fields of earth science, life sciences, or stellar and cosmic sciences.

This year’s winner is none other than former JAAS Editorial Board Chair, and current Advisory Board Member, Frank Vanhaecke.

Frank received a PhD from Ghent University (Belgium) in 1992. Currently, he is Senior Full Professor in Analytical Chemistry at Ghent University, where he leads the ‘Atomic & Mass Spectrometry – A&MS’ research group that is specialized in the determination, speciation and isotopic analysis of (trace) elements via ICP-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). His group studies fundamentally-oriented aspects of the technique and develops methods for solving challenging scientific problems in an interdisciplinary context.

Nowadays, specific topics of research include the direct bulk and spatially resolved analysis (including depth profiling and 2- and 3-dimensional elemental mapping) of solid materials by means of ICP-MS using laser ablation (LA) for sample introduction, the development of speciation strategies based on HPLC-ICP-MS for ADME (absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion) studies in cooperation with the pharmaceutical industry and isotopic analysis using multi-collector ICP-MS. Methods for high-precision isotopic analysis are developed for applications in, among other, the fields of archaeometry, geo- and cosmochemistry and medicine (“isotopic diagnosis”).

So far, Frank’s scientific research has resulted in ca. 350 publications in peer-reviewed journals with over 8000 citations, resulting in an h-factor of 45 (according to ISI’s Web of Science). Frank received a ‘European Plasma Spectrochemistry Award’ for his group’s contributions to this research field. In 2013, he was designated ‘Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy – SAS’.

Congratulations Frank!

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7th Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry

The 7th Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry (APWC) will be held from 12th – 15th November, 2017, in Matsue, Japan.

The conference will be focusing on the ceaseless growth in popularity of plasma sources for atomization, atomic spectroscopy, ionization in mass spectrometry and recent developments of plasma in spectrochemical analysis. APWC will bring together international scientists experienced in theory, instrumentation and applications to discuss and promote progresses in the field. The conference will consist of plenary and parallel sessions, poster presentation, and instruments exhibition. World famous scientists will be invited to give plenary and keynote lectures at the conference.

Scope of the conference

  • Fundamentals, excitation mechanisms, plasma phenomena and modeling
  • Sample introduction and transport phenomena
  • Nanomaterial analysis and characterization
  • Elemental speciation and sample preparation
  • Plasma source optical and mass spectrometry
  • Laser assisted plasma spectrochemistry
  • Stable isotope analysis
  • Advanced materials, surfaces, and interfaces
  • Plasma source instrumentation
  • Novel plasma spectrochemical applications

Important dates

Registration start: 1 Jun. 2017

Deadline of early bird registration: 30 Sept. 2017
Deadline of online registration: 31 Oct. 2017

Presentation registration start: 1 Jun. 2017
Deadline of presentation registration: 30 Sept. 2017

Deadline of abstract submission: 30 Sept. 2017

Accommodation registration start: 1 Jun. 2017
Deadline of accommodation registration: 31 Oct. 2017 (or until full booking)

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Nominations are now open for the JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship

We are delighted to announce we are welcoming nominations for the next JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship. The lectureship is awarded to recognise and support an emerging scientist working in the area of atomic spectrometry in the early stages of their independent career. You can read about the previous winner here.

Lectureship details

The recipient of the lectureship will present their research at a relevant high-profile international meeting (to be agreed with the Editorial Office) and receive a contribution of up to £2000 to cover associated travel and accommodation costs. They will be awarded a certificate and asked to contribute a Primary Research or Review Article to JAAS.

Eligibility

The lectureship is open worldwide to researchers working in atomic spectrometry within the scope of JAAS who are at an early stage of their independent career. The nominee has to be under ten years* from gaining their PhD and those who hold a senior permanent position are not eligible for the award. (*Appropriate consideration will be given to those who have taken a career break or followed a different study path.)

Nominations

Nominations must be received by the Editorial Office by February 1st 2018; researchers cannot nominate themselves and members of the Editorial Board judging panel are not eligible to receive the lectureship.

Nominations must include:

  • A letter of recommendation, including achievements and evidence of research independence of the nominee
  • A brief biography of the nominee, including a summary of education and career
  • A list of relevant publications, highlighting those of particular significance as judged by the nominator

Selection

The Editorial Office will screen each nomination for eligibility and draw up a shortlist of candidates based on the nomination documents provided. The lectureship winner will be selected by the JAAS Editorial Board based on the originality, quality, impact and significance of the candidate’s research, as highlighted in their nomination.

Submit a nomination

To make a nomination please send the Editorial Office a letter of recommendation, nominee biography and publication list no later than February 1st 2018.

 

For any queries, please contact the Editorial Office at jaas-rsc@rsc.org.

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JAAS Chair of the Editorial Board, Professor Martín Resano (Universidad de Zaragoza) selects his Top 5 articles from recent issues of JAAS

Dr. Resano is Professor in the Department of Analytical Chemistry and member of the I3A research institute at the University of Zaragoza, where he leads the group M.A.R.T.E., that investigates the capabilities and limitations of atomic spectrometry techniques for bulk and spatially resolved trace and isotopic analysis. Current focus is in a) the detection and quantification of nanomaterials; b) the development of minimally invasive methods for analysis of biological fluids; c) the potential of high-resolution graphite furnace molecular absorption spectrometry for elemental and isotopic analysis.

Read Professor Resano’s Editor’s Choice selection via the links below – all articles are free to access for the next 4 weeks!


Separation and detection of gold nanoparticles with capillary electrophoresis and ICP-MS in single particle mode (CE-SP-ICP-MS)
Franze et al., J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/c7ja00040e

This article explores for the first time the coupling of CE with ICP-MS operating in single particle mode, such that information on particle number, particle mean size, size distribution, and elemental composition can be visualized in 3-D single-particle electropherograms. A brilliant idea that follows the trend of adding extra dimensions to separation techniques, in order to achieve better resolution and more information.

Evaluation of a compact VUV spectrometer for elemental imaging by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy: application to mine core characterization
Trichard et al., J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/c7ja00185a

Imaging is a field in which the use of LIBS can represent a breakthrough because of its simplicity, sample throughput and cost-effectiveness. This work is a clear example of the potential of this technique.

Depth profiling of nanometer thin layers by laser desorption and laser postionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry
Yin et al., J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/c7ja00081b

A very impressive work on the performance of a new technique, laser desorption and laser postionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry, for depth profiling of thin layers of Ni and Ta, providing in-depth full isotopic spectra with an average ablation rate as low as 0.026 nm per laser pulse.

Novel non-target analysis of fluorine compounds using ICPMS/MS and HPLC-ICPMS/MS
Jamari et al., J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2017, 32, 942-950, DOI: 10.1039/C7JA00051K

A good example of how elemental information that is nearly impossible to achieve in a conventional way can instead be obtained, in an ingenious way, via the monitoring of molecular species. Plus, a good illustration of the upcoming importance of speciation of non-metals.

Sizing gold nanoparticles using graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry
Leopold et al., J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2017, 32, 723-730, DOI: 10.1039/C7JA00019G

Another brilliant example of innovation, proving how an “old-fashioned” technique can provide new information, in this case enabling the selective detection and quantification of AuNP of different sizes, in the range between 2 and 100 nm.

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