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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

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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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JAAS Board member publishes paper in Science

Editorial Board member Scott Tanner has just published an exciting paper in Science, showing a brilliant proof of principle for the novel technology of mass cytometry and providing a uniquely detailed view of cell differentiation in the human hematopoietic system.

This tackles a problem central to biomedical science: identifying the lineages and phenotypes of specialised cells and tracking their molecular differentiation during differentiation.

Access the paper using the link below.

Congratulations, Scott!

Single-Cell Mass Cytometry of Differential Immune and Drug Responses Across a Human Hematopoietic Continuum
Sean C. Bendall, Erin F. Simonds, Peng Qiu, El-ad D. Amir, Peter O. Krutzik, Rachel Finck, Robert V. Bruggner, Rachel Melamed, Angelica Trejo, Olga I. Ornatsky, Robert S. Balderas, Sylvia K. Plevritis, Karen Sachs, Dana Pe’er, Scott D. Tanner and Garry P. Nolan
Science 6 May 2011: 687-696
DOI: 10.1126/science.1198704

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European Winter Conference 2013

The next European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry will be held 10-15 February 2013 in Krakow, Poland.

Chair of the meeting will be JAAS Editorial Board member Joanna Szpunar from the Laboratory of Bio-Inorganic and Environmental Analytical Chemistry at CNRS, Pau, France.  She will be supported by Co-Chair Paweł Kościelniak from the Faculty of Chemistry at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow.

Krakow is known as one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Central Europe, and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The EWCPS is being organised with the support of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Polish Society of Chemistry, the President of the City of Krakow and the Rector of the Jagiellonian University.

To find out more, visit www.chemia.uj.edu.pl/ewcps and keep an eye on JAAS News – we’ll give you more updates as we have them.

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Alfredo Sanz-Medel and Frank Vanhaecke share the 2011 European Plasma Award

The 2011 European Plasma Award was presented to both Professor Alfredo Sanz-Medel (Univeristy of Oviedo, Spain) and Prof. Frank Vanhaecke (Ghent University, Belgium) for their significant contributions to plasma spectrochemistry. The European Plasma Award is sponsored by Agilent Technologies.

Prof. Alfredo Sanz-Medel

Prof. Sanz Medel presented an award lecture entitled ” Mass Spectrometry for isotopes, elements, molecules, and nanoparticles“,  Prof. Vanhaecke then followed with a lecture entitled “Having fun at the scientific playground: Isotope ratio applications using (multi-collector) ICP-mass spectrometry“.

Prof. Frank Vanhaecke

It goes without saying that both lecturers were excellent and well received, but perhaps the most interesting aspect of the award ceremony was the evident esteem in which the award winners held one another and the philosophy of research that each touched upon (and that is largely held in common between them).  These are certainly two excellent teachers, researchers, and colleagues–and the award is richly deserved in each case!

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