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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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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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Tsukuba Seminar 2017 Poster Prize Winners 2017

Two JAAS poster prizes were given out at the Tsukuba Seminar 2017, organised by the discussion group for Plasmaspectrochemistry. The two day seminar had a focused on fundamental and recent developments of ICP analysis and had speakers from universities, national institutes and industry.

Ms. Misaki Baba (Tokyo Institute of Technology) won one of the awards for her poster titled  “Measurement of reactive species in atmospheric low temperature plasma for applying to analytical and medical field”. The other winner was Mr. Koyo Ido (Tokyo Denki University and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) with his poster “Highly Sensitive Determination of Rb by Cool Plasma ICP-OES”.

The awards were presented by Professor Takafumi Hirata (University of Tokyo, President of the discussion group for Plasmaspectrochemistry, JAAS Editorial Board) and Dr. Hiromitsu Urakami (RSC Japan).

From left to right: Prof. Takafumi Hirata, Ms. Misaki Baba, Mr. Koyo Ido and Dr Hiromitsu Urakami

Congratulations to both winners!

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JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship recipient

We are delighted to announce Sohail Mushtaq as the recipent of the 2016 JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship. This Lectureship was launched to recognise and support an emerging scientist working in the area of atomic spectrometry in the early stages of their independent career.

Sohail Mushtaq

Sohail Mushtaq

Introducing Sohail Mushtaq, London Metropolitan University:

Sohail Mushtaq received his M.Sc degree in 2005 and his M.Phil in 2007, both from the Government College University Lahore (GCUL), Pakistan. During his M.Phil research project, he was awarded a scholarship by the ICSC-World Laboratory and also appointed as M.Phil Research Fellow at Salam Chair, Physics Department, GCUL. After his M.Phil degree he was selected as the Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher at Imperial College London to work with Prof. J. C. Pickering in the EC Research Training Network on Analytical Glow Discharges (GLADNET). After his PhD in 2011 at Imperial College on the effects of small amounts of molecular gases in analytical glow discharges, he took up a postdoctoral position with Prof. Edward Steers at London Metropolitan University. He has extensive experience of using the Imperial Fourier Transform spectrometer and glow discharge sources, and has carried out experimental work at EAG (Syracuse, USA), EMPA (Thun, Switzerland), BAM (Berlin) and IFW Dresden (Germany). He has made a significant impact in the field with 17 publications; including three papers with work featured on the front cover of JAAS and is internationally known for his work on molecular gases in glow discharges. He was awarded the Payling prize for the best contribution by a young scientist at the 2nd IGDSS (Internl. GDS Symposium), Prague. His main research interest is in the fundamental processes in glow discharges and their dependence on the plasma constituents.

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JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2016 Winner announced

We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2016 JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship. This Lectureship was launched to recognise and support an emerging scientist working in the area of atomic spectrometry in the early stages of their independent career and we received many exceptional and highly deserving nominations this year.

Congralutaions to Sohail Mushtaq, London Metropolitan University!

Lectureship award details

As a winner of the lectureship, Sohail will be able to present his research at a relevant high-profile international meeting and receive a contribution of up to £2000 each to cover associated travel and accommodation costs. He will be awarded a certificate and invited to contribute a paper to JAAS.

You can read more about eligibility and the selection process in the call for nominations post.

We will be posting more information about our winner soon!

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Congratulation to the ISEAC 39 poster prize winner

Congratulations to our JAAS Poster Prize winner at the recent ISEAC 39 (39th International Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry) meeting in Hamburg, Germany.  The central subject of the ISEAC-39 conference that took place at the University of Hamburg, from July 19th – 22nd 2016 was the innovative use of analytical methods for the investigation of environmentally and food relevant questions.

The winner was Anja Brandt with her poster on the direct detection of metal nanoparticles by high resolution continuum source GFAAS.

Well done Anja!

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Extended deadline for JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship

In order to ensure we receive as many high quality nominations as we can, we have extended the deadline for nominations for the JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship to 1st July 2016.

Lectureship details

The recipient of the lectureship will present their research at a relevant high-profile international meeting 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 Perspective or Research 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.

Nominations

Nominations must be received by the Editorial Office by 1st July 2016; 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 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 1st July 2016.

JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship Nomination

You can read about last year’s inaugural winners here.

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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. This lectureship was launched last year to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the journal, and is awarded annually 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 last year’s inaugural winners here.

Lectureship details

The recipient of the lectureship will present their research at a relevant high-profile international meeting 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 Perspective or Research 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.

Nominations

Nominations must be received by the Editorial Office by June 1st 2016; 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 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 June 1st 2016.

JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship Nomination

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The 6th Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistryheld in May 19th- 22rd at Xiamen, China

The 6th Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry (2015APWC) was successfully held from May 19th to 22rd in Xiamen, China. The conference was hosted by Xiamen University and the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and organized by the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Xiamen University and the Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Spectrochemical Analysis & Instrumentation. More than 330 atomic spectrometry experts and scholars from 16 countries and regions, including United States of America, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, India, etc. attended this conference.

The opening ceremony of the conference was chaired by the Conference Chairman Professor Wei Hang of Xiamen University. Professor Yunbao Jiang, dean of the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of Xiamen University, and Prof.Benli Huang, Honorary Chairman of 2015APWC, made the welcoming remarks. Professor Ramon Barnes, the founder of Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, introduced previous Winter Conferences on Plasma Spectrochemistry to the attendees and made congratulations to Prof.Benli Huang on his 90th birthday. Prof. Gary Hieftje from Indiana University and Prof. Guibin Jiang from Chinese Academy of Eco-Environment Center delivered conference Plenary Lectures.

Prof. Wei Hang

Prof. Ramon Barnes

Prof. Benli Huang

Prof. Gary Hieftje

Prof. Guibin Jiang

During the conference, more than 50 well-known scholars gave excellent lectures. Extensive academic and technical exchanges on research progress took place on a variety of domains, including plasma spectral/mass spectral analysis, analytical instrumentation, elemental speciation analysis, environmental analysis, food and drug analysis, laser-induced plasma spectrochemistry, applications of plasma spectrochemistry, etc. In the conference, many analytical instrument manufacturers, including Perkin Elmer, Agilent, Shimadzu, Thermo Fisher, Spectro, Nu Instrument, Analytik Jena and so on, exhibited their relevant instruments and technical application data.

Prof. Zhifang Chai (middle)

In this conference, Prof.Zhifang Chai was awarded the ‘Life Achievement Award for Atomic Spectrometry in China’ for his outstanding contribution in atomic analysis and characterization. In order to encourage graduate students to attend the conference and share their latest research work, 10 best posters were selected and awarded. The well-organized conference was highly appreciated by the attendees and sponsors, which pushes forward spectral research and application and promotes the development of Science and technology in Atomic Spectrometry.

(Thanks a lot for the information to Prof. Wei Hang, Xiamen University.)

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Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award, 2016

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Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award, 2016, now open for nominations

The Gordon F. Kirkbright bursary award is a prestigious annual award that enables a promising student/non-tenured young 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. Although the fund is administered by the Association of British Spectroscopists (ABS) Trust, the award is not restricted to spectroscopists.

Applications are invited for the 2016 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary.

For further information contact John Chalmers at, email: vibspecconsult@aol.com

The closing date for entries is 31 December 2015.

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