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In memory of Jan Košler

Recently, we received the very sad and unexpected news that our Advisory Board member Professor Jan Košler had passed away, only 49 years old.

Jan Kosler

Professor Jan Košler, Photograph: University of Bergen

Jan graduated from Charles University, Prague, in 1988 and went on to do his PhD in Glasgow, Scotland, where he finished in 1993. He became lecturer, and in 2003, Associate Professor at Charles University, Prague. During this period, he spent one year in Memorial University, Canada and two years in Bergen as a visiting research fellow. In 2005 he got an Associate Professorship at the Department of Earth Science of the University of Bergen and became a full professor there in 2007. During his time in Bergen, Jan spent one year at University of Vienna, Austria, and this last year at the Geological Survey of Canada in Ottawa, Canada.

As an internationally respected analytical geochemist, Jan had a particular research interest in isotope geochemistry, isotopic dating and mass spectrometry development, particularly in natural small-scale isotope ratio variations. In his research, he made use of various micro-beam techniques, such as laser ablation ICP-MS or secondary ion mass spectrometry, and he was regarded as a leading expert in this field. His research focus spanned from hydrothermal mineral deposits on the Mid-Atlantic ridge to the use of isotope geochemistry for deciphering the provenance of sediments and the evolution and cycling of crustal rocks in orogenic belts. He had an enviable track record of publishing innovative analytical developments.

Jan was a principal investigator on a number of projects and had broad international networks. As part of his research, he carried out field work in Europe, Africa, South America and Western Antarctica. Besides being an outstanding scientist, he had broad teaching experiences, in petrology, mineralogy, geochemistry, isotope geology and laser ablation techniques. Jan was a respected and very well-liked teacher and supervisor.

JAAS has always appreciated Jan’s efforts for the well-being of the journal and for convincing his fellow geochemists to publish their analytical developments in our journal. We will all miss Jan’s friendly face on the conferences we attend, as well as the stimulating scientific discussions and social talks with him. With Jan Košler the scientific community is losing a dedicated colleague and a very good friend.

Our thoughts are with his family, his wife Alena and his son and daughter.

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New JAAS Editorial Chair: A few words with Frank Vanhaecke

Since the announcement of Frank Vanhaecke becoming the new Chair of the Editorial Board for JAAS, we’ve had the opportunity to have a little chat with our incoming Chair.

What are your aims? First and foremost, I’ll be aiming to continue the fantastic efforts of my predecessors, Detlef and Gary being the most recent!

Any goals for your term as Chair? To stimulate the publication of even more original interdisciplinary research involving atomic spectrometry in JAAS e.g., from the fields of biomedicine and geochemistry, whilst preserving the attention for fundamental topics. We would also like to encourage more authors who are working in the development of techniques for elemental research such as synchrotron radiation XRF, X-ray absorption spectrometry XAS and isotope ratio mass spectrometry IRMS.

Anything else? Our primary goal of course has to be to further strengthen the position of JAAS as the leading journal exclusively devoted to atomic spectrometry in the community.

We’d of course like to welcome Frank once again, and we’re looking forward to his term as Chair of the JAAS Editorial Board.

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2012 Strock Award for JAAS Advisory Board member Ralph Sturgeon

Professor Ralph SturgeonThe Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) and the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) have announced that JAAS Advisory Board member Professor Ralph Sturgeon of the National Research Council, Canada, has been selected as the recipient of the New England Section of the SAS’s 2012 Lester W. Strock Award.

This award has been established by the New England Section and is given annually to an author 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.

Professor Sturgeon will present the Strock Award Plenary Lecture entitled “Vapor Generation – Make It Your Second Thought for Sample Introduction” on Thursday October 4th at the SciX conference in Kansas, USA.

Ralph follows in the footsteps of other JAAS Board members as recipient of this award, including Gary Hieftje, John Olesik, Detlef Günther and Annemie Bogaerts.

Congratulations, Ralph!

Take a look at a few of Ralph’s recent papers in JAAS below:

Perspective: Some speculations on the mechanisms of photochemical vapor generation
Ralph E. Sturgeon and Patricia Grinberg
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012,27, 222-231
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA10249H

Technical Note: UV photochemical generation of volatile cadmium species
Joaquim A. Nóbrega, Ralph E. Sturgeon, Patricia Grinberg, Graeme J. Gardner, Christine S. Brophy and Edivaldo E. Garcia
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2011,26, 2519-2523
DOI: 10.1039/C1JA10252D

Critical Review: Applications of chemical vapor generation in non-tetrahydroborate media to analytical atomic spectrometry
Peng Wu, Liang He, Chengbin Zheng, Xiandeng Hou and Ralph E. Sturgeon
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2010,25, 1217-1246
DOI: 10.1039/C003483E
From themed issue 2010 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry

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New Editorial Board Chair for JAAS: Frank Vanhaecke

After four wonderful years, Detlef Guenther is stepping down as the Chair of the JAAS Editorial Board. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Detlef for all of his hard work and dedication to the journal and look forward to his continued contributions as an Advisory Board member. And while we will miss him, we wish him all the very best for his future endeavors.

We are pleased to announce that the new Chair for JAAS is Frank Vanhaecke, from Ghent University, Belgium. Frank’s main research interests lie in the determination, speciation and isotopic analysis of trace elements using ICP-MS. He is especially interested in the direct analysis of solid materials using both ETV-ICPMS and LA-ICPMS, chemical and high mass resolution for overcoming spectral interferences and isotope ratio determination using single- and multi-collector ICPMS.

As an experienced Editorial Board member for the journal, Frank is fully qualified to be filling Detlef’s shoes, and we are very much looking forward to his term as Chair.

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Arsenic-resistant bacterium still needs phosphate for growth

A paper co-authored by JAAS Editorial Board Chair, Detlef Günther has been published in Science and contributes to an ongoing discussion on the role of arsenic in the bacterial isolate GFAJ-1.

In December 2010, Felisa Wolfe-Simon and colleagues published a paper, also in Science, which proposed that GFAJ-1 could substitute small amounts of phosphorus in its DNA with arsenic. This claim would have significant implications for our understanding of life, since all known forms of life on Earth typically use oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, phosphorus and sulfur.

This new work from Detlef and fellow researchers at ETH Zürich shows that GFAJ-1 is able to grow at low phosphate concentrations even under high arsenate concentrations, but cannot grow in phosphorus-depleted, arsenate-containing medium. They combined physiological experiments with ICP-OES and ICP-MS to provide evidence that whilst GFAJ-1 is highly resistant to arsenate, but still requires phosphate for growth. The authors say that the molecular basis for arsenate resistance in GFAJ-1 could be the subject of further investigations.

GFAJ-1 Is an Arsenate-Resistant, Phosphate-Dependent Organism
Tobias J. Erb, Patrick Kiefer, Bodo Hattendorf, Detlef Günther, Julia A. Vorholt
DOI: 10.1126/science.1218455

Also published in Science is a paper from Rosie Redfield and colleagues at Princeton University, which supports the conclusions from the ETH group:

Absence of Detectable Arsenate in DNA from Arsenate-Grown GFAJ-1 Cells
Marshall Louis Reaves, Sunita Sinha, Joshua D. Rabinowitz, Leonid Kruglyak, Rosemary J. Redfield
DOI: 10.1126/science.1219861

Though not quite as controversial, take a look at some recent content in JAAS on arsenic:

Technical Note: Rapid screening of arsenic species in urine from exposed human by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry with germanium as internal standard
A. Castillo,  C. Boix,  N. Fabregat,  A. F. Roig-Navarro and J. A. Rodríguez-Castrillón
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 354-358
DOI: 10.1039/C1JA10289C

An interlaboratory study of arsenic speciation analysis of whole blood
Kanna Ito,  Walter Goessler,  Hakan Gürleyük,  Brian Wels,  Christopher D. Palmer,  Mary Frances Verostek and Patrick J. Parsons
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2011, 26, 1740-1745
DOI: 10.1039/C1JA10040H

Intracellular, time-resolved speciation and quantification of arsenic compounds in human urothelial and hepatoma cells
Joerg Hippler,  Ricarda Zdrenka,  Robin A. D. Reichel,  Daniel G. Weber,  Peter Rozynek,  Georg Johnen,  Elke Dopp and Alfred V. Hirner
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2011, 26, 2396-2403
DOI: 10.1039/C1JA10150A

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Dr. Ralph E. Sturgeon receives Lester W. Strock Award

JAAS Advisory Board member Dr. Ralph E. Sturgeon of National Research Council Canada (Institute for National Measurement Standards) has been named recipient of the 2012 Lester W. Strock Award. 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. More details on the award and on Dr. Sturgeon career are available in the SCIX website, since the award will be presented during the SCIX 2012 conference.

Have a look at the most recent articles published by Dr. Sturgeon in JAAS!

Some speculations on the mechanisms of photochemical vapor generation,

Ralph E. Sturgeon and Patricia Grinberg,

J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 222-231

UV photochemical generation of volatile cadmium species,

Joaquim A. Nóbrega,  Ralph E. Sturgeon,  Patricia Grinberg, Graeme J. Gardner,  Christine S. Brophy and Edivaldo E. Garcia,

J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2011, 26, 2519-2523

Congratulations Ralph!


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Prof. Gary M. Hieftje receives ACS award

JAAS Editorial Board member Professor Gary M. Hieftje of Indiana University has been named recipient of the 2012 ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Analytical Chemistry, sponsored by Waters Corporation. More information is available in http://www.analyticalsciences.org/

Congratulations Gary!


photo by Jocelyn Bowie

photo by Jocelyn Bowie

Read the latest contributions of Prof. Hieftje in JAAS:

Glow discharge imaging spectroscopy with a novel acousto-optical imaging spectrometer
M. Voronov, V. Hoffmann, T. Wallendorf, S. Marke, J. Mönch, C. Engelhard, W. Buscher, S. J. Ray and G. M. Hieftje
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 419-425
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA10325G

Perspective : Ambient mass spectrometry: Approaching the chemical analysis of things as they are
Jacob T. Shelley and Gary M. Hieftje
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2011, 26, 2153-2159
DOI: 10.1039/C1JA10158G

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Professor Shan Gao elected Academician

Professor Shan GaoJAAS Editorial Board member Professor Shan Gao of China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) has been elected academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was founded in 1949; it is a leading academic institution and comprehensive research and development center in natural science, technological science and high-tech innovation in China.

Congratulations Professor Gao!

Read Prof. Gao’s editorial on the development of atomic spectrometry in China:

Editorial: The rise of atomic spectrometry in China over the past 25 years
Shan Gao
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2010, 25, 1803-1807
DOI: 10.1039/C0JA00045K

You may also be interested in this:

Technical Note: Contrasting matrix induced elemental fractionation in NIST SRM and rock glasses during laser ablation ICP-MS analysis at high spatial resolution
Zhaochu Hu, Yongsheng Liu, Lu Chen, Lian Zhou, Ming Li, Keqing Zong, Lvyun Zhu and Shan Gao
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2011, 26, 425-430
DOI: 10.1039/C0JA00145G

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Sabine Becker wins 2012 Winter Conference Award in Plasma Spectrochemistry

JAAS Advisory Board member Sabine Becker has been named as the recipient of the 2012 Winter Conference Award in Plasma Spectrochemistry.

The award honours scientists who have made the most noteworthy contributions to the field of plasma spectrochemistry, and will be presented to to Dr Becker during the 2012 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry to be held in Tucson, Arizona, USA, 9-24 January 2012.  Congratulations Sabine!

Editor of JAAS, Dr May Copsey, will be attending the conference and would be delighted to meet you there.

In the meantime, take a look at some of Dr Becker’s recent work:

Pozebon et al., 2010Bioimaging of metals in thin mouse brain section by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry: novel online quantification strategy using aqueous standards
Dirce Pozebon, Valderi L. Dressler, Marcia Foster Mesko, Andreas Matusch and J. Sabine Becker
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2010, 25, 1739-1744
DOI: 10.1039/C0JA00055H

Mass spectrometric imaging of elements in biological tissues by new BrainMet technique—laser microdissection inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LMD-ICP-MS)
Bei Wu, Stefan Niehren and J. Sabine Becker
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2011, 26, 1653-1659
DOI: 10.1039/C1JA10106D

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2011 R&D100 Award Winners

R&D Magazine recently announced the 2011 R&D100 award winners, and this year’s awardees included several names familiar to JAAS readers.  The “Array Detection Technology for Mass Spectrometry” was identified as one of the 100 most influential technological achievements/products of the year.

The award-winning technology comes from a collaboration between government, academic, and private sector entities:

  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (Charles Barinaga and David Koppenaal)
  • Indiana University (Gary Hieftje, James Barnes, Greg Shilling, Jeremy Felton, and Steven Ray)
  • University of Arizona (M. Bonner Denton and Roger Sperline), Imager Laboratories (Gene Atlas)
  • SPECTRO Analytical Instruments/Ametek (Dirk Ardelt)

The array detector (also known as the Focal Plane Camera) is a solid-state monolithic integrated circuit device designed specifically as adetector for mass spectrometry. It was first employed for atomic mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), but has more recently found other uses in ion mobility spectrometry and molecular mass spectrometry.  A commercial version of the detector can be found in the new SPECTRO MS instrument.

Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards have identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to the market.  The Awards, widely recognized as the “Oscars of Innovation”, identifies and celebrates the top high technology products of the year.

More information can be found here.

Congratulations award winners!

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