Top 10 most accessed JAAS articles from April – June 2015

During the months April – June 2015, the most downloaded JAAS articles were:

E. Hywel Evans, Jorge Pisonero, Clare M. M. Smith and Rex N. Taylor
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 1017-1037

DOI: 10.1039/C5JA90017D

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

Simon M. Nelms, Christophe R. Quétel, Thomas Prohaska, Jochen Vogl and Philip D. P. Taylor
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2001, 16, 333-338

DOI: 10.1039/B007913H

Owen T. Butler, Warren R. L. Cairns, Jennifer M. Cook and Christine M. Davidson
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 21-63

DOI: 10.1039/C4JA90062F

Frank Vanhaecke
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 1015-1016

DOI: 10.1039/C5JA90018B

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

Margaret West, Andrew T. Ellis, Philip J. Potts, Christina Streli, Christine Vanhoof and Peter Wobrauschek
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014,29, 1516-1563

DOI: 10.1039/C4JA90038C

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

S. Wagner, S. Legros, K. Loeschner, J. Liu, J. Navratilova, R. Grombe, T. P. J. Linsinger, E. H. Larsen, F. von der Kammer and T. Hofmann
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 1286-1296

DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00471J

Chris F. Harrington, Robert Clough, Steve J. Hill, Yolanda Madrid and Julian F. Tyson
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 1427-1468
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA90028J

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JAAS poster prize winners at Tsukuba seminar

The 2015 Tsukuba Seminar organized by the Discussion Group for Plasma Spectrochemistry was held in Tsukuba, Japan on the 9th & 10th July 2015.

The theme of the 2015 Tsukuba Seminar was on the “Current and Future Contributions of Plasma Spectroscopy onto Chemical Exploitation of Natural Resources”.

Our journal Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry (JAAS) awarded two poster prizes at the Tsukuba Seminar 2015, which included a certificate and a fantastic £100 RSC Book Voucher each.

We are very pleased to announce the winners-

Ken Kakegawa (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Title of the poster: Gas-cylinder-free mass spectrometry of surface adhesion samples using touchable plasma

Rina Matsushita (Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences)

Title of the poster: Development of dual-channel type concentric grid nebulizer for plasma spectrometry

From the left, Ken Kakegawa, Professor Takafumi Hirata, Rina Matsushita

Professor Takafumi Hirata (Kyoto University, President of the Discussion Group for Plasma Spectrochemistry) awarded the prizes to the winners.

Congratulations to Ken and Rina!

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CYTO 2015

To celebrate the upcoming meeting of the 30th Congress of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry – CYTO 2015 – in Glasgow, we’ve put together a small collection of papers on mass cytometry and flow cytometry from JAAS and Analyst. These will be free to read until July 24th.

Deputy Editor Rebecca Brodie will be attending CYTO 2015, so if you are in Glasgow this weekend and would like to discuss the journal, or publishing in general, please do email us.

We hope you enjoy reading these papers.

Gold-nanoparticle coated La, Tb-encoded PS beads and their application in investigating the performance of the inductively coupled plasma of a mass cytometer
Chun Feng, Vladimir I. Baranov and Mitchell A. Winnik
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2013, 28, 1475-1484
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA50149C

Diffusion- and velocity-driven spatial separation of analytes from single droplets entering an ICP off-axis
Olga Borovinskaya, Maryam Aghaei, Luca Flamigni, Bodo Hattendorf, Martin Tanner, Annemie Bogaerts and Detlef Günther
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 262-271
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA50307K

Analyst cover imageMetal/dye-doped core-shell silica nanoparticles for potential use in bioassay
Jung Aa Ko and H. B. Lim
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2013, 28, 630-636
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA30373J

Webcam-based flow cytometer using wide-field imaging for low cell number detection at high throughput
Joshua Balsam, Hugh Alan Bruck and Avraham Rasooly
Analyst, 2014, 139, 4322-4329
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00669K

Making a big thing of a small cell – recent advances in single cell analysis
Kerstin Galler, Katharina Bräutigam, Christina Große, Jürgen Popp and Ute Neugebauer
Analyst, 2014, 139, 1237-1273
DOI: 10.1039/C3AN01939J

High temporal resolution fluorescence measurements of a mitochondrial dye for detection of early stage apoptosis
Divya Iyer, Rachel D. Ray and Dimitri Pappas
Analyst, 2013, 138, 4892-4897
DOI: 10.1039/C3AN01142A

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JAAS 2014 Impact Factor

We are delighted to announce the latest impact factor for JAAS has increased to 3.466 according to the 2014 Journal Citation Reports ®.

We would like to thank all of our authors, referees, Editorial and Advisory Board members for their contributions to the success of JAAS.

Submit your best work to JAAS today.

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ISEAC 39 – University of Hamburg

The ISEAC 39 Conference will take place at the University of Hamburg from July 19th – July 22nd 2016.

The central subject of the conference is the innovative use of analytical methods for the investigation of environmentally and food relevant questions.

Topics for discussion:

  • Sampling
  • Non-targeted approaches (screening, fingerprinting, profiling, barcoding, omicstechnologies)
  • Targeted approaches (detection, identification and quantification of organic compounds)
  • Rapid testing and on-site applications (sensors, biosensors)
  • Bioinformatics (processing, recycling, sharing, storage)
  • Risk assessment

‘The Symposium will bring together both established and young researchers in academia, public and industrial laboratories involved in the field of environmental and food analytics and hard ware  manufacturers involved in the development and distribution of analytical instrumentation relevant for this interdisciplinary field.’

The meeting will include lectures, poster sessions, an exhibition and will provide plenty of time for the distribution of knowledge on the latest developments in analytical methods for environmental and food analysis.

For more information please contact Prof. Dr. Jose Broekaert or Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer

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The Next Generation – An Interview with Shudi Zhang and Zhibin Yin

We have a double feature today. We interview Shudi Zhang and Zhibin Yin, who are carrying out their PhDs under the supervision of Prof Dr. Wei Hang at Xiamen University (China), and who we had the opportunity to meet during the recent 6th Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry.

Shudi Zhang in his lab in Xiamen

Who or what inspired you to become a scientist?

There was a common saying in Chinese that there would not be anything to be afraid of if you learned Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry well. That was what my parents and teachers had always been telling me. Thereby I studied these subjects strenuously and found them interesting, especially Chemistry. I thought that it was a great wonder to witness two substances reacting with each other and giving rise to various fabulous scenes, like color altering, foaming, glowing, booming and so forth. Plus, it felt so good when I was able to explain the fundamental mechanism of some conventional phenomena in daily life. Hence, I decided to work on Chemistry and try to make a contribution to it.

Why did you choose your research group/University and what factors influenced your choice?

First of all, Chemistry is one of the best majors in Xiamen University, and the milieu here for doing research is perfect. Secondly, Professor Wei Hang has been doing an excellent job in instrumentation and application of mass spectrometry, in which I am very interested. I thought mass spectrometry is the most versatile tool to characterize various chemical compounds, and I wish to master the essence of it. Thirdly, the students in my group are very friendly and accommodating, and I had a great time working and exchanging thoughts with them. So I made my choice to study in Professor Wei Hang’s group in Xiamen University.

Can you explain a bit the purpose of your current research activities?

I’m currently doing simulation and theoretical work in laser ablation/ionization mass spectrometry. Laser ablation technique is well-known for its versatility and simplicity, but it suffers from matrix effect and elemental fractionation. In order to make the technique more applicable, it is imperative to study the fundamental mechanism of the whole laser ionization process and make refinements based on the factors that matter. This is the purpose of my research activities and I’m utilizing Chemometrics and physical simulations to achieve this goal. With chemometric tools, I can figure out and quantify the importance of the physical and chemical properties of the matrices in matrix effect/elemental fractionation through a mathematical point of view. Furthermore, by physical simulation, I can get insight into the detailed processes and check out which ones may give rise to these effects. Currently I’ve proved that the influence of laser pulse width on matrix effect is really a matter of thermal properties of matrices.

How is a typical day in your lab?

Unlike many other supervisors who have a stringent demand for students to arrive at Lab early, Prof. Wei Hang allow us to arrive at 9:00 a.m. and hence work with high efficiency and great energy. Usually I spend half an hour at the beginning of a day to plan the things I’m going to do. There are plenty of mass spectrometers in our group, which guarantees enough time for me to handle spectrometers. Samples have already been loaded into the ionization chamber the previous day at night, so then I would adjust the instrumental parameters, and analyze the samples. Our group goes to lunch together and shares experimental observations and ideas on the way to lunch. In the afternoon, I would process the data obtained in the morning and possibly redo the experiment if there is something wrong with the data. In the evening, I would clean the instrument, load new samples into it and take a brief overview of the work done during the day. After that, I would read some articles relevant to my research area or just something I’m interested in. This is a typical day in my lab.

What common activities are organized in your research group?

The most frequent activity is playing badminton. All our group members go to play it every Thursday night to exercise and relax. Regularly, we’ll have a big meal once or twice a month. Additionally, Professor Wei Hang would invite us all to dinner whenever a paper is published or a great deal of job has just been finished. When time is good, we would also go to KTV and sing the songs we love. Moreover, our group will go hiking at the end of each year to relax and enjoy the great scenery. When a student has just graduated, our group will have a short trip to another town to celebrate it. All these activities make me feel that our group is a big harmonious family which deserves fighting for it.

What app/programs do you typically use?

I use Microsoft Word most frequently to write articles, reports and so on. As to data processing, I prefer Origin for its great ability and diverse data-presenting choices, although I also use Microsoft Excel to do some simple data-manipulation. Labview is also a choice for data processing; what is more importantly, I also use it to make programs to control the instruments. In order to get more complicated contour plots, I use Surfer as well. And of course, I use Microsoft PPT to give presentations and report my experimental proceedings. As to my research area, I also use Matlab and FDTD solutions for simulation.

How do you search for scientific information? How do you manage your bibliography?

Most frequently, I use Google Scholar to search articles and other scientific information. SciFinder is another choice, but it takes more time. I manage my bibliography using Endnote software. I think it’s a very convenient tool to categorize and manage the numerous articles you’ve read.

What are your views on JAAS? Which type of articles do you prefer? Do you miss some content?

JAAS is one of the most outstanding journals in atomic spectroscopy. Although I haven’t published an article in JAAS, I’m sure I’m going to send a manuscript in the near future. I’ve read a great deal of JAAS articles dealing with laser ablation and laser ablation-ICP techniques. Moreover, I enjoy reading latest development in instrumentation in JAAS.

What do you like and dislike the most about your work?

I like the great opportunity to learn mass spectrometry, since there are plenty of mass spectrometers in the lab and I have the chance to learn every one of them. I like it when we’re allowed to dismantle a mass spectrometer and to learn the concrete configuration and instrumentation of it, which is undoubtedly a precious experience. I like my accommodating colleagues, the cooperative atmosphere here.

I dislike it when my experimental and simulation results didn’t come out right, when the instrument didn’t function well and when my paper was rejected.

What do you expect to be doing in 5 years time?

From now on, I will spend three years’ time to finish my PhD’s degree. After that, I guess I would either go abroad to get a post-doctoral position to continue my endeavor in atomic spectroscopy or work in some research institutions or companies.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not in the lab?

Outside my research area, I have plenty of hobbies. I like foreign literatures and movies, so I combine them into one activity: watching foreign movies and TV series. I learn English and Japanese this way. I like computer skills as well. Whenever a computer (either mine or my friends’) does not work out right, I will get very excited and try everything I can to solve the problem. Oh, and recently I’m falling in love with photography, since I want to record the beauty of life by myself.

Zhibin Yin in his lab in Xiamen

Who or what inspired you to become a scientist?

I think what inspired me to become a scientist is the life in my school, Xiamen University. I was still a know-nothing teenager and did not touch the fancy scientific world before I went to university. It was the scientific courses, my supervisor Prof. Wei Hang as well as colleagues that inspired me to step into the palace of science. It was an interesting and delightful moment every time I discussed the scientific issues with my colleagues in the lab, such as Weifeng Li, Shudi Zhang, Miaohong He, and Zhisen Liang. I always learn something new no matter who is the winner of the discussion. Additionally, my parents are also the persons who inspired me to become a scientist because they always gave me the freedom to choose what I really like.

Why did you choose your research group/University and what factors influenced your choice?

First of all, I chose Xiamen University as my undergraduate school because it is one of the most beautiful campus in China and it is close to my home. It may sound naive at first but it is true. However, I was attracted and impressed by the history, the culture, the academic atmosphere of this beautiful university. Moreover, the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, where I studied, is the best college in Xiamen University. So is the Analytical Chemistry group. I find out my enthusiasm for mass spectrometry in Prof. Wei Hang group. I like the instrumentation and application of MS very much. That is the reason why I choose to pursue for my PhD degree directly as soon as I got my bachelor degree in the same university, Xiamen University.

As for the choice of my research group, it can be attributed to the fact that I am crazy about Analytical Chemistry. When I was a second-grade undergraduate student, I got a project called “Seeding-Raising Funding”, which encourage undergraduate with curiosity to join the group of interest for scientific research. Compared to synthetic Chemistry, such as Inorganic or Organic Chemistry, I would prefer Analytical Chemistry. So I joined Prof. Wei Hang group, wich opened my academic road. It was the first time I got to know optical and mass spectrometry and I became crazier and crazier about them when I got this insight. The research group has provided me with the platform to learn and grow. I really cherish this hard-won opportunity. I would stick to my original choice if I were permitted to choose again. Another reason why I choose my research group is the colleagues in the lab. I am so happy to work with them during my PhD program.

Can you explain a bit the purpose of your current research activities?

I am engaged in the research and development of new analytical methods based on laser ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LI-TOFMS) and new MS instruments. In my last project, I focused in acquiring the information on metal/nonmetal elements, molecules, as well as molecular fragments of organometallic compounds simultaneously by high irradiance LI-TOFMS. In my view, this corresponds very well with the new JAAS scope, seeking for new sources that provide both atomic and molecular information. It is time-saving and easy-to-operate that acquiring the elemental, fragmental, and molecular information simultaneously by LI-MS.

In my current research, I will be active in the project devoted to focus the micron-sized spot to the nano-scale spot by laser irradiance. Lateral resolution in the laser-dependent technique is restricted to micron by the diffraction limit. However, there is an urgent need for developing a new analytical method that goes deep into nano-world. Hence, I try to introduce the near-field effect to LI-MS in order to obtain nano-scale resolution.

How is a typical day in your lab?

We do not follow the old saying that “The early bird gets the worm”, instead we go to the lab at about 9 o’clock a.m. Compared to getting up early, I prefer to do the research with efficiency. I always schedule my work every day on my way to the lab, and start to work quickly as soon as I arrive at the lab. Generally speaking, I will warm up the home-made laser ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer (LI-TOFMS) laser, as well as the cooling water system and the oscilloscope. Data processing is right behind finishing experiments, in case more experiments needed to be supplemented. I think the happiest time in a day is the mealtime, because all of us in the lab can discuss the interesting experiment phenomena, and share what has happened all over the world.

In addition to daily experiments, I spend most of my time reading literature, thinking why he/she came up with this wonderful idea, and taking notes about the most innovative points at night. We will finish our typical day at about 10 o’clock p.m.

What common activities are organized in your research group?

Every Thursday afternoon is the most important time of the week for us. Group meeting will be held for discussing the results we have obtained and what bottlenecks have been encountered. Moreover, we can share the fantastic ideas of original papers. After group meeting finishes, all of us will play badminton in the evening. Moreover, our group will organize a short trip to another town for relaxing and sightseeing in the summer vacation.

What app/programs do you typically use?

In consideration with home-built LI-MS instruments, there are a lot of programs we should use. For example, LabVIEW 8.5 is used to control laser, high-voltage pulse train generator, and collect the data from a digital storage oscilloscope. Origin 8.5 is used for processing data and producing final mass spectra. I also use AutoCAD and Photoshop for editing graphics. Additionally, we will use Solidworks 2014 to build 3D MS instruments and SIMION 8.0 to simulate the ion trajectory in the electrostatic field of LI-TOFMS. Last but not least, we mostly use Microsoft Office, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint etc.

How do you search for scientific information? How do you manage your bibliography?

In Xiamen University, we can choose SciFinder Scholar or Web of Science for scientific information. However, I always use Google Scholar to find the literatures of interest for convenience. It is all-inclusive and easy to search that most of my colleagues use it.

For bibliography management, Endnote X7 is the apple of my eyes because it is highly compatible and easy to manage numerous literatures, as well as indispensable when preparing a manuscript.

What are your views on JAAS? Which type of articles do you prefer? Do you miss some content?

It is well-know that JAAS is at the forefront of analytical atomic spectrometry publishing. Because I am engaged in the field of laser and mass spectrometry, JAAS is one of the most important journals I follow. I will keep an eye on the up-to-date manuscripts, such as advance articles, and accepted manuscripts. Actually, I have registered as a member of RSC publishing and opened Email Alerts Service, so I am informed as soon as new issues of JAAS have been published. I have published a paper in JAAS, the comments from peer review process is very constructive and helpful. I always pay close attention to the field of laser and mass spectrometry, especially the new instrumental concepts and constructions. I hope JAAS can publish more themed collections about instrument development in near future.

What do you like and dislike the most about your work?

What I like the most about my work is that some inspirations come up to my brain when I read the literature. It is so exciting if I obtain the results just as I expected. Prof. Wei Hang always encourages us to disassemble the broken instruments and fix them up by ourselves. What I like most is to find what is wrong with an instrument and smoothly fix it.

What I dislike is the academic atmosphere in China, most of time we have to fight for the publishing numbers and high impact factor, the research innovation and significance are always ignored. Especially, many groups that are devoted to instrumental development can’t publish high impart factor papers, but they are very important.

What do you expect to be doing in 5 years time?

Because I needn’t go through the Master stage (from Bachelor degree to PhD degree directly), I have three years left before I can get my PhD degree. Right now, I can’t make up my mind about what exact career I will be engaged in. But definitely, I will be occupied in the laser-related or MS-related area. I like instrumental R&D a lot, especially MS instruments, so it is my Bible for the direction of future development. No matter what employment direction I choose, I will go abroad for further study as a post-doctoral fellow after I get my PhD degree. I think it is a great experience for expanding my horizons. What I should do in the remaining 3 years of PhD is working harder, learning more, and making good preparation for the future.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not in the lab?

Sometimes I will stay in the lab for experiments and reading literatures, or I will hang out with my best friends or colleagues on some weekends. I like reading, watching foreign movies, and communicating with people. If I have enough time, I will choose to travel for gaining experience. Because there is a common saying in Chinese that “Either travelling or reading, body and soul, there must be one on the road”. Having a good rest in my room is also a good choice to keep myself energetic for the work next week.

Thanks a lot to both of you for sharing your thoughts with us!

Have a look at Zhibin’s most recent article in JAAS:

Comprehensive analysis of metalloporphyrins via high irradiance laser ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry, Z. Yin, B. Sun, X. Wang, X. Cheng, W. Hang and B. Huang, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 1714-1719.

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Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 30th Anniversary Event

By Nana.

The Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry (JAAS) celebrated its 30th Anniversary after the closing ceremony of the 6thAsia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry (2015APWC) at Xiamen (China) on May 22rd. At the Event, Deputy Editor Rebecca Brodie recalled the origin of JAAS, recounted its history and development, and outlined its current status. With the mutual support of atomic spectrometrists and JAAS, the Journal is ranked as the top journal for original research in Atomic Spectrometry. Prof. Gary Hieftje made a speech representing the Editorial Board and International Advisory Committees of JAAS. He thanked JAAS’s contributors and readers for all their support and hoped for its continuation. He also expressed the appreciation of the JAAS board, the conference attendees, and the foreign visitors towards the 2015APWC organizers and staff for their excellent organization of the event and for their hospitality.

JAAS Deputy Editor Rebecca Brodie

Prof. Dr. Gary M. Hieftje

Members of JAAS Editorial Board and International Advisory Committees, including Dmitry Bandura, Ramon Barnes, Carsten Engelhard, Naoki Furuta, Heidi Goenaga-Infante, Wei Hang, Xiandeng Hou, Zhaochu Hu, Yi Lv, Jorge Pisonero, Steven Ray, Martín Resano, Rick Russo, and Lu Yang, together with RCS Editorial Development Manager Guanqun Song and about 160 atomic spectrometrists attended the event celebrating JAAS’s 30th Anniversary.

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

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

By Nana.

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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Top 10 most accessed JAAS articles from January – March 2015

During the months January – March 2015, the most downloaded JAAS articles were:

The mapping and differentiation of biological and environmental elemental signatures in the fossil remains of a 50 million year old bird
Victoria M. Egerton, Roy A. Wogelius, Mark A. Norell, Nicholas P. Edwards, William I. Sellers, Uwe Bergmann, Dimosthenis Sokaras, Roberto Alonso-Mori, Konstantin Ignatyev, Arjen van Veelen, Jennifer Anné, Bart van Dongen, Fabien Knoll and Phillip L. Manning
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 627-634
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00395K

2014 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., 2015, 30, 21-63
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA90062F

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
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00313F

Atomic Spectrometry Update – A Review of Advances in X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry
Margaret West, Andrew T. Ellis, Philip J. Potts, Christina Streli, Christine Vanhoof and Peter Wobrauschek
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 1516-1563
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA90038C

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

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

Coupled techniques for arsenic speciation in food and drinking water: A Review

Bashdar Sadee, M. E. Foulkes and S. J. Hill
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 102-118
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00269E

Atomic spectrometry update.  Review of advances in the analysis of metals, chemicals and functional materials.
Bridget Gibson, Simon Carter, Andy S. Fisher, S. Lancaster, John Marshall and Ian Whiteside
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 1969-2021
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA90045F

The Determination of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether Congeners by Gas Chromatography Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry

Robert F. Swarthout, Jr., John R. Kucklick and W. Clay Davis
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2008, 23, 1575-1580
DOI: 10.1039/B809173K

Current approaches to calibration in LA-ICP-MS analysis
Natalia Miliszkiewicz, Stanisław Walas and Anna Tobiasz
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 327-338
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00325J

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Current approaches to calibration in LA-ICP-MS analysis
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DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00325J

http://xlink.rsc.org/?doi=10.1039/

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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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