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European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry

Dear Plasma Spectrochemists!

The registration deadline for abstracts for the oncoming European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry held in Sankt Anton Austria (19 – 24 February 2017) is approaching!

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACTS FOR THE EWCPS2017
until September 30 2016!

(NOTE: It is also about time to book your accommodation in advance since the venue is very popular – and absolutely worth coming!!! A (rapidly decreasing!) contingent of hotel rooms is still blocked exclusively for conference attendees. Please see more important details on the booking.)

We are also happy to announce that we have awarded 10 YOUNG SCIENTISTS GRANTS – for PhD students to support their participation in the EWCPS2017. The Scientific Committee of EWCPS2017 was in charge of the selection of the grant winners. The ten awardees are already informed about their successful applications and details about the awardees will be available online, soon.

Please note that the nomination deadlines for the PLASMA SPECTROCHEMISTRY awards are approaching, as well:

EUROPEAN AWARD FOR PLASMA SPECTROCHEMISTRY – The “European Award for Plasma Spectrochemistry” is sponsored by Agilent and promotes analytical plasma spectro-chemical developments and applications in Europe. The prize is awarded for a single outstanding piece of work or for continued important contributions in the field.
Application deadline: August 31 2016. More details and application conditions here.

EUROPEAN RISING STAR AWARD FOR PLASMA SPECTROCHEMISTRY –The new “European Rising Star Award for Plasma Spectrochemistry” sponsored by Agilent should honor and promote outstanding contributions of upcoming younger scientists at the beginning of their career within the field of plasma spectrochemistry. Application deadline: August 31 2016. More details and application conditions here.

Looking forward to receiving your abstracts for the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry 2017 in Sankt Anton!

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Open Access articles in JAAS

We are very pleased to share with you below some of the latest Open Access papers published in JAAS that may be of interest to you. These research papers are free to access for all – we hope you enjoy reading them.

Stijn J. M. Van Malderen, Amy J. Managh, Barry L. Sharp and Frank Vanhaecke
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2016, 31, 423-439
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA00430F, Critical Review

Alexandra Sixto, Marta Fiedoruk-Pogrebniak, María Rosende, David Cocovi-Solberg, Moisés Knochen and Manuel Miró
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2016, 31, 473-481
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA00387C, Paper

Alexander Nyrow, Christian Sternemann, John S. Tse, Christopher Weis, Christoph J. Sahle, Kolja Mende, D. C. Florian Wieland, Valerio Cerantola, Robert A. Gordon, Georg Spiekermann, Tom Regier, Max Wilke and Metin Tolan
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2016, 31, 815-820
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA00261C, Technical Note
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Getting closer to secrets on the seabed

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Researchers from Spain have engineered a laser spectrometer to analyse solids underwater that they hope to eventually develop for deep sea research.1

Stand-off laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (ST-LIBS) is a technique to identify the elemental composition of solids at a distance, enabling safe analysis of explosive, radioactive or toxic compounds.2 While this technique is well-developed and widely used in air – Javier Laserna and coworkers at the University of Malaga built a ST-LIBS system able to differentiate between common explosives and contaminants such as hand cream or motor oil3 – there is no current technology to apply it underwater.

Read the full article over at Chemistry World >>


A study of underwater stand-off laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for chemical analysis of objects in the deep ocean
F. J. Fortes, S. Guirado, A. Metzinger and J. J. Laserna
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 1050-1056
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00489B, Paper

Do you fancy submitting an article to JAAS? Why not submit to us here today or alternatively email us with your suggestions!

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European Workshop on Laser Ablation 2016

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European Workshop on Laser Ablation 2016
12 – 15 July 2016
Ljubljana, Slovenia


Registration will open in early 2016!
Early registration deadline (discounted rate) – 20th May 2016

The Registration Fee for participants and students includes:

Entrance to the scientific session
Certificate of attendance
Congress folders, badge, Final Programme and Book of Abstracts
Coffee breaks
Lunches on Wednesday, July 13, Thursday, July 14 and Friday, July 15
Icebreaker Reception on Tuesday, July 12
Afternoon Social Programme on Wednesday, July 13
Gala Dinner on Thursday, July 14

For more information about the conference, please see the webiste

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2015 European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry – Poster Prize Winners

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Poster Prize Winners

1. Monika Winkler, TU Graz, Münzgrabenstraße, Graz, 8010, Austria
“Listen to your RF generator – On the seeming carbon-induced enhancement of elements like arsenic and selenium in inductively coupled plasmas”


2. Andreas Zitek,
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, BOKU Vienna, Department of Chemistry, Division of Analytical Chemistry, VIRIS Lab, Konrad-Lorenz-Straße 24, Vienna, 3430, Austria
“Improving the spatial analysis and interpretation of LA-ICP-MS data by the application of GIS methods – considerations on achievable spatial resolution, uncertainties and multilayer interpretation”


3. Karen Murphy,
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Chemical Sciences Division, Material Measurement Laboratory, 100 Bureau Drive Stop 8391, Gaithersburg, 20899, United States
“Validation of Single Particle (sp)ICP-MS for Measurements of Nanoparticle Size and Evaluation of its Potential to Assess the Influence of the Coating on the Stability of Gold Nanoparticles in Suspension”


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HOT articles in JAAS

Take a look at our recent HOT JAAS articles, these are now free to access for the next few weeks!

Speciation Analysis of Antimony in Water Samples via Combined Nano-Sized TiO2 Colloid Preconcentration and AFS Analysis
Xingwen Wang,   Xuankun Li,   Xu Zhanga and   Shahua Qian
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 1944-1948
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00147H
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Laser ablation of an indium target: time-resolved Fourier-transform infrared spectra of In I in the 700–7700 cm−1 range
S. Civiš, P. Kubelík, M. Ferus, V. E. Chernov, E. M. Zanozina and L. Juha
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00123K

Laser-Ablation Sampling for Inductively Coupled Plasma Distance-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry
Alexander Gundlach-Graham, Elise A. Dennis, Steven J. Ray, Christie G. Enke, Charles J. Barinaga, David W. Koppenaal and Gary M. Hieftje
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00231H

Characterization of laser ablation sample introduction plasma plumes in fs-LA-ICP-MS
N. L. LaHaye, S. S. Harilal, P. K. Diwakar and A. Hassanein
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00200H

Determination of Total Uranium and Uranium Isotope Ratios in Human Urine by ICP-MS: Results of an Interlaboratory Study
John G. Arnason, Christine N. Pellegri and Patrick J. Parsons
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00235K
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Traceable Assigned Values in External Quality Assessment Schemes Compared to Those Obtained by Alternative Procedure: A Case Study for Cu, Se and Zn in Serum
Marina Patriarca, Cas Weykamp, Josiane Arnaud, Robert L. Jones, Patrick J. Parsons and Andrew Taylor
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00260A

Oxygen-18 stable isotope of exhaled breath CO2 as a non-invasive marker of Helicobacter pylori infection
Abhijit Maity, Suman Som, Chiranjit Ghosh, Gourab Dutta Banik, Sunil B. Daschakraborty, Shibendu Ghosh, Sujit Chaudhuri and Manik Pradhan
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00280F

Development of a fast laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry cell for sub-µm scanning of layered materials
Stijn J. M. Van Malderen, Johannes T. van Elteren and Frank Vanhaecke
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00137K

High-precision measurements of tungsten stable isotopes and application to Earth Sciences
Thomas Breton and Ghylaine Quitté
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00184B
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Elemental recoveries for metal oxide nanoparticles analysed by direct injection ICP-MS: influence of particle size, agglomeration state and sample matrix
Sylvie Motellier, Arnaud Guiot, Samuel Legros and Brice Fiorentino
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00213J

Exploration of a 3D Nano-channel Porous Membrane Material Combined with Laser-induced Breakdown Spectrometry for Fast and Sensitive Heavy Metal Detection of Solution Samples
Qi Shi, Guanghui Niu, Qingyu Lin, Xu Wang, Jie Wang, Fang Bian and Yixiang Duan
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00220B

Direct element analysis of honeys by atmospheric pressure glow discharge generated in contact with flowing liquid cathode
Krzysztof Greda, Piotr Jamroz, Anna Dzimitrowicz and Pawel Pohl
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00261J

Excitation of higher levels of singly charged copper ions in argon and neon glow discharges
Zdeněk Weiss, Edward B. M. Steers, Juliet C. Pickering, Volker Hoffmann and Sohail Mushtaq
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00309H

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Top ten most accessed JAAS articles from April to June 2014

During the months April – June 2014, the most downloaded JAAS articles were:

Atomic spectrometry updates: Review of advances in atomic spectrometry and related techniques
E. Hywel Evans, Jorge Pisonero, Clare M. M. Smith and Rex N. Taylor
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 773-794
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA90019G

2013 Atomic spectrometry update—A review of advances in environmental analysis
Owen T. Butler, Warren R. L. Cairns, Jennifer M. Cook and Christine M. Davidson
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 17-50
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA90068A

Atomic spectrometry update. Review of advances in the analysis of metals, chemicals and materials
Simon Carter, Andy S. Fisher, Michael W. Hinds, Steve Lancaster and John Marshall
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2013, 28, 1814-1869
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA90051G

Atomic spectrometry update: Review of advances in the analysis of clinical and biological materials, foods and beverages
Andrew Taylor, Martin P. Day, Sarah Hill, John Marshall, Marina Patriarca and Mark White
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 386-426
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA90001D

Synchrotron-based chemical imaging reveals plumage patterns in a 150 million year old early bird
Phillip. L. Manning, Nicholas P. Edwards, Roy A. Wogelius, Uwe Bergmann, Holly E. Barden, Peter L. Larson, Daniela Schwarz-Wings, Victoria M. Egerton, Dimosthenis Sokaras, Roberto A. Mori and William I. Sellers
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2013, 28, 1024-1030
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA50077B

Effect of dwell time on single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry data acquisition quality
Aaron Hineman and Chady Stephan
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 1252-1257
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00097H

Atomic spectrometry updates. Review of advances in elemental speciation
Robert Clough, Chris F. Harrington, Steve J. Hill, Yolanda Madrid and Julian F. Tyson
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 1158-1196
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA90029D

2013 Atomic spectrometry update—A review of advances in X-ray fluorescence spectrometry
Margaret West, Andrew T. Ellis, Philip J. Potts, Christina Streli, Christine Vanhoof, Dariusz Wegrzynek and Peter Wobrauschek
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2013, 28, 1544-1590
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA90046K

Silver nanoparticle characterization using single particle ICP-MS (SP-ICP-MS) and asymmetrical flow field flow fractionation ICP-MS (AF4-ICP-MS)
Denise M. Mitrano, Angela Barber, Anthony Bednar, Paul Westerhoff, Christopher P. Higgins and James F. Ranville
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1131-1142
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA30021D

What happens when n = 1000? Creating large- n geochronological datasets with LA-ICP-MS for geologic investigations
Alex Pullen, Mauricio Ibáñez-Mejía, George E. Gehrels, Juan C. Ibáñez-Mejía and Mark Pecha
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 971-980
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00024B

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Hair elements distinguish ethnicity and gender

A new forensic tool, being developed by scientists in Canada, uses a combination of spectroscopy and statistical analysis to determine a person’s gender and ethnicity from a thread of head hair.

Trace evidence, like hair, can help determine who was at a crime scene © Shutterstock

Trace evidence, like hair, can help determine who was at a crime scene © Shutterstock

Evidence left at the scene of a crime can be in many different forms including fingerprints, blood, fibres, paint chips and hair. It is the role of forensic scientists to analyse this evidence, which is often only present in very small amounts, to help find the culprits. In previous research, blood has been used to identify gender and ethnicity, but a problem with this is that blood can deteriorate quickly and can easily be destroyed or contaminated.

To read the full article, visit Chemistry World.

Original article can be read below:

Ethnic background and gender identification using electrothermal vaporization coupled to inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry for forensic analysis of human hair
Lily Huang and Diane Beauchemin
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 1228-1232
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00071D

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2014 Lester W. Strock Award for JAAS Editorial Board member Steven J. Ray

The Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) and the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) have announced that JAAS Editorial Board member Dr. Steven J. Ray, from Indiana University, has been selected as the recipient of the New England Section of the SAS’s 2014 Lester W. Strock Award “in recognition of the paper published in the 2011 Journal of the American Society of Mass Spectrometry” entitled “First Distance-of-Flight Instrument: Opening a New Paradigm in Mass Spectrometry”

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.

Dr. Ray will present the Strock Award Plenary at the SAS National Meeting Sept 30, 2014 at the SciX 2014 Conference Reno, NV

Congratulations, Steve!

Dr. Steven J. Ray

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Exhaled isotopes give hope to spotting sepsis early

Measuring 13C isotope levels in the breath of paediatric patients could save lives by giving an early indication of sepsis.

More than 30,000 cases of severe sepsis are estimated to occur in the UK every year. But Daniel Bütz and co-workers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US, are seeking to fight these figures.

As for many conditions, early identification increases survival rate – however, this is not easy. Existing methods to check for sepsis either lack the sensitivity needed for early detection or are both expensive and invasive.

To read the full article, please go to Chemistry World.

Changes in breath carbon isotope composition as a potential biomarker of inflammatory acute phase response in mechanically ventilated pediatric patients
Juan P. Boriosi, Dennis G. Maki, Rhonda A. Yngsdal-Krenz, Ellen R. Wald, Warren P. Porter, Mark E. Cook and Daniel E. Bütz
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA50331C, Paper

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