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In memory of Gary Horlick

Professor Gary Horlick

We are sad to report that Professor Emeritus Gary Horlick of the University of Alberta passed away on Thursday, November 1. For over 50 years, Gary Horlick was a leader in the field of atomic spectrometry, contributing to this field with many elegant experiments and a sharp interpretive insight. He will be remembered as a great teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend. – Steve Ray

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In memory of Bernhard Welz

Bernhard Welz (photo by Jorg Feldmann)

I am very saddened to report that last Saturday (June 2), Dr. Bernhard Welz passed away, after severe complications, as consequence of a car accident. Bernhard was cremated last Sunday in Florianópolis (Brazil), the city in which he chose to live for the last 20 years.

Born in Augsburg (Germany), Bernhard was without any doubt one of the driving figures in the development of atomic absorption. As a young doctor, he started doing research in what was then a very new field, when he joined Perkin Elmer in 1967. After more than 30 years working for such company, Bernhard, instead of opting for a peaceful retirement, decided to adventure overseas and became Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, in Florianópolis. And so Bernhard became Bernardo, and started a new life, meeting his wife and co-worker, Maria. His presence and example invigorated atomic spectrometry in Brazil, to the point that it is one of the leading countries in the field now.

Bernhard was tireless and very active until the very end, traveling to conferences all over the world, and presenting his unique work. It is hard to resume his contribution to the field or overestimate his enormous impact. His work for the last 20 years focused on the development of high-resolution continuum source AAS/MAS, but that is only one of his many achievements. His “Bible” on Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, wrote together with M. Sperling in the last edition, still is the reference book in the field. And let’s not forget that he started organizing several successful conferences, such as the Rio Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry, or the German CANAS.

I remember reading his papers (his series on the use of palladium and magnesium nitrate as a universal modifier is certainly noteworthy) as a young Ph.D. student, meeting him as a young post-doc, and becoming his colleague and friend later on, as a not so young scientist. Bernhard was a true giant, and it was a privilege to share time with him, both personally and scientifically. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy certainly remains. A life well-lived, Bernardo. Rest in peace and many thanks!

Martín Resano
Chair of the JAAS Editorial Board

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Introducing the newest members of the JAAS Advisory Board

We are delighted to announce the appointment of four new members to the JAAS Advisory Board. All four of our new members have been recipients of JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureships in recent years. The Lectureship aims to recognise and support an emerging scientist working in the area of atomic spectrometry in the early stages of their independent career.

Lara Lobo, Oviedo University, Spain
Lara Lobo was one of two winners of the 2015 JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship, launched to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the journal. Read Lara’s recent critical review article on depth profile analysis with glow discharge spectrometry here.

Gerardo Gamez, Texas Tech University, USA
Gerardo Gamez was one of two winners of the 2015 JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship, launched to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the journal. Check out Garardo’s article on compressed sensing spectral imaging for plasma optical emission spectroscopy here.

Sohail Mushtaq, University of Bristol, UK
Sohail Mushtaq was the recipient of the 2016 JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship. Read Sohail’s article on “The production of doubly charged sample ions by “charge transfer and ionization” (CTI) in analytical GD-MS” featured in the journal’s fifth Young Analytical Scientists issue.

Márcia Mesko, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil
Márcia Foster Mesko was the recipient of the 2018 JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship. Read her contribution to the recent Young Analytical Scientist Issue of the journal titled “Sample preparation of lipstick for further Cd and Pb determination by ICP-MS: is the use of complexing acids really necessary?

JAAS is guided by an international Editorial Board and Advisory Board – more information on our board members can be found on our website. We welcome the knowledge and expertise our four new Advisory Board members will bring to the journal and we very much look forward to working with them. Welcome to the JAAS team!

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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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In memory of Joe Caruso

Gary Hieftje, Joe Caruso, Maria Montes-Bayon

We are honoured to announce the publication of an online web collection with JAAS and Metallomics dedicated to the memory of Joe Caruso.

Joe was a well-known and highly respected leader in the field of analytical chemistry and plasma spectrochemistry in particular – more recently he made great contributions to the fields of elemental speciation and metallomics. Over the years he had been very active for the Royal Society of Chemistry and as well as serving as Chair for JAAS, he was the founding Chair for Metallomics, and became one of the leaders in this emerging area of exciting research.

This very special compilation highlights analytical research being conducted in these areas. We believe that this collection of papers is a fitting memorial to an inspiring mentor and outstanding chemist.

You can access the collection here, or use the link http://rsc.li/2tHpEQl

We thank the guest editors Gary Hieftje and Maria Montes-Bayon, and those who were able to contribute to the collection for their support of this very special memorial.

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Introducing new JAAS Editorial Board member Dr George Havrilla

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr George Havrilla as a member of the JAAS Editorial Board.


George Havrilla is a scientist 5, in the Chemistry Division, at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1993. His research efforts have included elemental analyses using X-ray fluorescence for bulk, mesoscale and microscale characterization. Before LANL he was at BP Research R&D Cleveland, Ohio and spent 2 years as an NAS/NRC postdoc at the National Bureau of Standards. He has a PhD from West Virginia University (1980) and 2 R&D 100 awards. He has developed novel XRF instruments including MXRF, confocal MXRF and hiRX along with many materials characterization methodologies. Current research interests include XRF applications to materials characterization and international safeguards.


We welcome Dr Havrilla and his expertise and experience to the JAAS Editorial Board. This appointment strenghtens the Board and we look forward to working with Dr Havrilla going forward.

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New JAAS Editorial Chair: A few words with Martín Resano

Martin Resano

The new Chair of the Editorial Board for JAAS has been announced as Martín Resano. We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Martín and find out a bit more about him.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role as chair?

Besides working with very nice people, I think it is learning. Since I joined the Advisory Board and later the Editorial Board of JAAS, I have learnt a lot about how a Journal works and how all my colleagues do things in different ways. I expect the role as Chair will be even more formative. Plus, my wife is very proud of me!

What are your aims?

My aim is to try to further improve JAAS and leave it in a better situation than is now. Obviously, I have big shoes to fill, so it will not be easy. But JAAS community has always been like a family and we want to keep that, we want to keep the human contact in a Web 2.0 world, and we want to make it as easier and swift as possible for authors and reviewers, as well as provide further service (e.g. I like the new citation velocity addition!). I think there is still some room for improvement, for instance regarding proof corrections and MS promotion.

And there is always the inevitable IF. I think the current IF does not completely reflect the quality of the papers that JAAS publishes and I would like to see it going higher. Plus, former Editor and Publisher Niamh O’Connor jokingly (jokingly?) challenged me to beat the IF she achieved with Detlef Gunther as Chair (4.372 in 2010). Let’s see what we can do about that.

What direction do you see this research field moving in and what do you imagine will be the next big breakthrough?

As Bohr said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”

I think atomic spectrometry is a bit dependent on instrumental and technological developments. This happens in all areas, but perhaps it is most obvious in ours, because only a few groups have the knowledge, support and access to resources to build such complex instruments. But we are good at taking advantage of the instruments we have, and even using them for purposes that significantly differ from those for which they were originally designed for, sometimes with very interesting outcomes.

So you can see new papers coming in some areas due to new needs (e.g., characterization of nanomaterials) but also because new instruments make it possible to develop new applications (e.g., new types of lasers, high-resolution continuum source AAS devices, ICP-MS/MS instruments, new XRF imaging applications based on synchrotrons). So it is hard to guess, because I think technologically it is possible to build better instrumentation right now, but the commercial impact has to be taken into account.

From a personal point of view, I would like to see a more powerful high-res continuum source AAS device, I am very curious about the potential of TOF devices for ICP-MS, and I would like to see the prices of fs lasers to finally drop.

And, overall, I think the difference between atomic and molecular spectrometry is becoming very subtle, as former Chair Frank Vanhaecke discussed in a recent JAAS editorial.

How do we encourage the next generation of analytical chemists?

Analytical chemistry is such an interdisciplinary field that enables you to work in any area you really like. Plus, the information we provide is not only useful, but often indispensable.

Whose work do you think is really exciting at the moment?

Everybody in our Editorial and Advisory Board is doing a great job. I feel very comfortable with the team we have, and I think it would be a bit unfair to highlight some group right now.

Instead, I prefer to talk a bit about the past. I grew up as a scientist admiring the work that former JAAS Chairs (such as Barry Sharp, Joe Caruso, Gary Hietfje, Detlef Gunther and Frank Vanhaecke) and other JAAS members (such as Ralph Sturgeon, Jim Holcombe, Bernhard Welz, Scott Tanner) did, and for me it has been a formidable experience and a wonderful journey to be able to not only meet them but to work with most of them. And most of them are still active and doing great Science!

Once again, we’d like to warmly welcome Martín. We’re looking forward to his term as Chair of the JAAS Editorial Board.

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In memory of Shan Gao

Professor Shan Gao

Recently, we received the very sad news that our former colleague and Editorial Board member Professor Shan Gao had passed away, only 53 years old.

Shan Gao was Professor of Geochemistry at the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) and part-time professor at Northwestern University. He received his doctor’s degree from the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) in 1989 and was selected to be a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2009 and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. He also worked as associate editor and editorial board member of JAAS successively. His research mainly focused on laser ablation ICP-MS and its application in the analysis of minerals in situ elements and isotopes, chemical compositions of continental crust and the chemical exchange between the crust and mantle.

His contributions to these areas of research will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.

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In memory of Joseph A. Caruso

Joseph Caruso

Professor Joseph Caruso

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our Advisory Board member and dear colleague Professor Joseph Caruso has recently passed away. Over the years he has been very active for the Royal Society of Chemistry and as well as serving as Chair for JAAS, he was the founding Chair for Metallomics, and became one of the leaders in this emerging area of exciting research.

During his career he was honoured with many awards including the American Chemical Society’s Cincinnati Chemist of the Year Award in 1992, the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Society’s Anachem Award in 1994, and the Spectrochemical Analysis Award given by the Analytical Division of the American Chemical Society in 2000. More recently he received the Theophilus Redwood Lectureship Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2013 and the Eastern Analytical Symposium Fields of Analytical Chemistry Award in 2014.

His contributions as a scientist, teacher, colleague and friend will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

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Anakon 2015 and Awards to JAAS Board Members

The ANAKON, a joint conference of German-speaking analytical chemists, organized by the German Chemical Society (GDCh) took place in Graz, Austria, from March 23 to March 26, 2015.

JAAS Editorial Board Member and Online Community Editor Professor Martín Resano (University of Zaragoza), was awarded the prestigious Bunsen-Kirchhoff Preiss for Analytical Spectroscopy for his work on the development of atomic spectrometric techniques.

In addition, during the opening session, JAAS Advisory Board member Professor Detlef Günther (ETH Zürich) was awarded with the Emich Badge (Emich-Plakette) of the ASAC, for merits in micro-and analytical chemistry and his research on LA-ICP-MS.

Well done Martín and Detlef, congratulations on your awards!

An image showing Professor Martín Resano being awarded the Bunsen-Kirchhoff Preiss

Professor Detlef Günther being awarded with the Emich Badge

Professor Martín Resano being awarded the Bunsen-Kirchhoff Preiss Professor Detlef Günther being awarded with the Emich Badge

You can read some of the award winner’s papers below, which are free to access for the next few weeks.

Direct analysis of dried blood spots by femtosecond-laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. Feasibility of split-flow laser ablation for simultaneous trace element and isotopic analysis
M. Aramendía, L. Rello, S. Bérail, A. Donnard, C. Pécheyran and M. Resano
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 296-309

Variable aperture extraction lens for ion beam investigation in inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry
Niko Kivel, Heiko-Dirk Potthast, Ines Günther-Leopold, Frank Vanhaecke and Detlef Günther
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, Advance Article

High-resolution continuum source graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry for direct analysis of solid samples and complex materials: a tutorial review
Martín Resano, Maite Aramendía and Miguel A. Belarra
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 2229-2250

An internal standardisation strategy for quantitative immunoassay tissue imaging using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
Daniel A. Frick, Charlotte Giesen, Teresa Hemmerle, Bernd Bodenmiller and Detlef Günther
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 254-259

Simultaneous determination of Co, Fe, Ni and Pb in carbon nanotubes by means of solid sampling high-resolution continuum source graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry
Martín Resano, Eduardo Bolea-Fernández, Engracia Mozas, María R. Flórez, Patricia Grinberg and Ralph E. Sturgeon
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2013, 28, 657-665

Comparison of 795 nm and 265 nm femtosecond and 193 nm nanosecond laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry for the quantitative multi-element analysis of glass materials
Masaki Ohata, Daniel Tabersky, Reto Glaus, Joachim Koch, Bodo Hattendorf and Detlef Günther
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 1345-1353

Direct determination of Cu isotope ratios in dried urine spots by means of fs-LA-MC-ICPMS. Potential to diagnose Wilson’s disease
Martín Resano, Maite Aramendía, Luis Rello, Mª Luisa Calvo, Sylvain Bérail and Christophe Pécheyran
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2013, 28, 98-106

Development and characterization of custom-engineered and compacted nanoparticles as calibration materials for quantification using LA-ICP-MS
Daniel Tabersky, Norman A. Luechinger, Michael Rossier, Eric Reusser, Kathrin Hametner, Beat Aeschlimann, Daniel A. Frick, Samuel C. Halim, Jay Thompson, Leonid Danyushevsky and Detlef Günther
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 955-962

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