Asia-Pacific Winter Conference collection now published!

We are pleased to announce that the collection of papers from last year’s meeting is now available to read online.

This is a collection of papers showcasing some of the topical research presented at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, held in Xiamen, China, May 19-22, 2015.

Make sure to read the Introductory Editorial from Guest Editor and Conference Chairman Wei Hang.

You can access the online version of the collection here .

We hope you enjoy reading the collection!

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Will you be attending the 2016 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry?

The 2016 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry is being held on January 10th – January 16th in Tucson, Arizona, USA.

The biennial Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry is sponsored by the ICP Information Newsletter, Inc., a nonprofit research organisation located in Hadley, Massachusetts and Lehigh Acres, Florida, and organised by Dr. Ramon Barnes of the University Research Institute for Analytical Chemistry.

If you are attending the conference why not come and chat to JAAS Executive Editor Philippa Ross at booth 51 in the turquoise ballroom. She will be manning the stand from Sunday the 10th until Wednesday the 13th.

JAAS will also be sponsoring four poster prizes this year, so good luck to all of the entrants!

Why not submit your research to be included in the upcoming JAAS themed issue showcasing the research of those attending the conference? We must receive your submission by February 15th 2016. For more information contact us.

Philippa Ross Philippa Ross

Executive Editor, JAAS.

See you there!

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30th Anniversary Issue of JAAS now published!

In honour of the 30th anniversary year of JAAS, a special collection is now published to celebrate this significant milestone.

Guest Edited by Frank Vanhaecke, Detlef Günther, Gary Hieftje, Joe Caruso, Barry Sharp and Les Ebdon, this collection of papers celebrates the 30th anniversary of JAAS with topics spanning the breadth of analytical atomic spectrometry.

Make sure you read the special editorials:

JAAS – 30 years of manuscripts, citations, and scientific impact

JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship

Current trends: a perspective from 30 years of Atomic Spectrometry Updates

We hope you enjoy reading the collection!

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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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Celebrating 30 years of JAAS – a look back at the top cited papers

In honour of the 30th anniversary year of JAAS, a special editorial is now published in Issue 1, 2016 by David W. Koppenaal, Chief Technology Officer, Pacific Northwest National laboratory, Richland, USA. The editorial looks back over the top 30 publications over the past 30 years and provides insight into both analytical trends and citation behaviour over this period.

To celebrate this landmark anniversary of JAAS, we are delighted to make the top cited papers free to access for four weeks. We hope you enjoy reading the high quality work the journal has published over the last three decades!

Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometric transient signal data acquisition and analyte concentration calculation
Henry P. Longerich, Simon E. Jackson and Detlef Günther
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1996, 11, 899-904
DOI: 10.1039/JA9961100899

Hf isotope ratio analysis using multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry: an evaluation of isobaric interference corrections
Nan-Chin Chu, Rex N. Taylor, Valérie Chavagnac, Robert W. Nesbitt, Rose M. Boella, J. Andrew Milton, Christopher R. German, Germain Bayon and Kevin Burton
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2002,17, 1567-1574
DOI: 10.1039/B206707B

Capabilities of an Argon Fluoride 193 nm Excimer Laser for Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectometry Microanalysis of Geological Materials
Detlef Günther, Rolf Frischknecht, Christoph A. Heinrich and Hans-J. Kahlhert
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1997,12, 939-944
DOI: 10.1039/A701423F

Solid sampling in electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry using commercial atomizers. A review
Carlos Bendicho and Margaretha T. C. de Loos-Vollebregt
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1991,6, 353-374
DOI: 10.1039/JA9910600353

Interferences in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. A review
E. Hywel Evans and Jeffrey J. Giglio
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1993,8, 1-18
DOI: 10.1039/JA9930800001

Precision and accuracy in isotope ratio measurements by plasma source mass spectrometry
Klaus G. Heumann, Stefan M. Gallus, Gunther Rädlinger and Jochen Vogl
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1998, 13, 1001-1008
DOI: 10.1039/A801965G

Carbon-enhanced inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometric detection of arsenic and selenium and its application to arsenic speciation
Erik H. Larsen and Stefan Stürup
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1994, 9, 1099-1105
DOI: 10.1039/JA9940901099

Enhanced sensitivity in laser ablation-ICP mass spectrometry using helium-argon mixtures as aerosol carrier
Detlef Günther and   Christoph A. Heinrich
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1999,14, 1363-1368
DOI: 10.1039/A901648A

Effect of particle size distribution on ICP-induced elemental fractionationin laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry
Marcel Guillong and Detlef Günther
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2002,17, 831-837
DOI: 10.1039/B202988J

Palladium nitrate–magnesium nitrate modifier for electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. Part 5. Performance for the determination of 21 elements
Bernhard Welz,   Gerhard Schlemmer and  Jayateerth R. Mudakavi
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1992,7, 1257-1271
DOI: 10.1039/JA9920701257

Matrix-effect observations in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
Samantha H. Tan and Gary Horlick
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1987,2, 745-763
DOI: 10.1039/JA9870200745

Arsenic speciation in seafood samples with emphasis on minor constituents: an investigation using high-performance liquid chromatography with detection by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
Erik H. Larsen, Gunnar Pritzl and Steen Honoré Hansen
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1993,8, 1075-1084
DOI: 10.1039/JA9930801075

Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry: achievements, problems, prospects
Steven F. Durrant
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1999,14, 1385-1403
DOI: 10.1039/A901765H

Determination of total and speciated arsenicin rice by ion chromatography and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
Douglas T. Heitkemper, Nohora P. Vela, Kirsten R. Stewart and Craig S. Westphal
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2001,16, 299-306
DOI: 10.1039/B007241I

Fully automated dissolution and separation methods for inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry rock analysis. Application to the determination of rare earth elements. Plenary lecture
Kuppusami Govindaraju and Guy Mevelle
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1987,2, 615-621
DOI: 10.1039/JA9870200615

Metallomics as integrated biometal science
Hiroki Haraguchi
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2004,19, 5-14
DOI: 10.1039/B308213J

Common-Pb corrected in situ U–Pb accessory mineral geochronology by LA-MC-ICP-MS
Matthew S. A. Horstwood, Gavin L. Foster, Randall R. Parrish, Stephen R. Noble and Geoff M. Nowell
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2003, 18, 837-846
DOI: 10.1039/B304365G

Quantitative analysis of major, minor and trace elements in fluid inclusions using laser ablation–inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
Detlef Günther, Andreas Audétat, Rolf Frischknecht and Christoph A. Heinrich
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1998,13, 263-270
DOI: 10.1039/A707372K

Palladium nitrate-magnesium nitrate modifier for graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. Part 2. Determination of arsenic, cadmium, copper, manganese, lead, antimony, selenium and thallium in water
Bernhard Welz, Gerhard Schlemmer and Jayateerth R. Mudakavi
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1988,3, 695-701
DOI: 10.1039/JA9880300695

Magnesium isotope heterogeneity of the isotopic standard SRM980 and new reference materials for magnesium-isotope-ratio measurements
Albert Galy, Olga Yoffe, Philip E. Janney, Ross W. Williams, Christophe Cloquet, Olivier Alard, Ludwik Halicz, Meenakshi Wadhwa, Ian D. Hutcheon, Erick Ramon and Jean Carignan
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2003,18, 1352-1356
DOI: 10.1039/B309273A

Comparing several atomic spectrometric methods to the super stars: special emphasis on laser induced breakdown spectrometry, LIBS, a future super star
James D. Winefordner, Igor B. Gornushkin, Tiffany Correll, Emily Gibb, Benjamin W. Smith and Nicoló Omenetto
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2004,19, 1061-1083
DOI: 10.1039/B400355C

Multiwalled carbon nanotubes as solid-phase extraction adsorbent for the preconcentration of trace metal ions and their determination by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry
Pei Liang, Yan Liu, Li Guo, Jing Zeng and Hanbing Lu
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2004,19, 1489-1492
DOI: 10.1039/B409619C

Flow injection on-line sorbent extraction pre-concentration for graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry
Zhaolun Fang, Michael Sperling and Bernhard Welz
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1990,5, 639-646
DOI: 10.1039/JA9900500639

Gas dynamics of the inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry interface
D. J. Douglas and   J. B. French
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1988,3, 743-747
DOI: 10.1039/JA9880300743

Communication. Isotopic ratio measurement using a double focusing magnetic sector mass analyser with an inductively coupled plasma as an ion source
Andrew J. Walder and   Philip A. Freedman
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1992,7, 571-575
DOI: 10.1039/JA9920700571

Quantitative analysis of trace element abundances in glasses and minerals: a comparison of laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, solution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, proton microprobe and electron microprobe data
Marc D. Norman, William L. Griffin, Norman J. Pearson, Michael O. Garcia and Suzanne Y. O’reilly
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1998,13, 477-482
DOI: 10.1039/A707972I

Investigations of a reduced palladium chemical modifier for graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry
Lucinda M. Voth-Beach and Douglas E. Shrader
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1987,2, 45-50
DOI: 10.1039/JA9870200045

A critical assessment of laser ablation ICP-MS as an analytical tool for depth analysis in silica-based glass samples
Arjan J. G. Mank and Paul R. D. Mason
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1999,14, 1143-1153
DOI: 10.1039/A903304A

Isotope ratio measurement of lead, neodymium and neodymium–samarium mixtures, Hafnium and Hafnium–Lutetium mixtures with a double focusing multiple collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer
Andrew J. Walder,   I. Platzner and Philip A. Freedman
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1993,8, 19-23
DOI: 10.1039/JA9930800019

Signal enhancement in laser ablation ICP-MS by addition of nitrogen in the central channel gas
Zhaochu Hu, Shan Gao, Yongsheng Liu, Shenghong Hu, Haihong Chen and Honglin Yuan
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2008,23, 1093-1101
DOI: 10.1039/B804760J

Determination of arsenic species by high-performance liquid chromatography-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
Diane Beauchemin, K. W. M. Siu, James W. McLaren and Shier S. Berman
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1989,4, 285-289
DOI: 10.1039/JA9890400285

Slurry sample preparation for simultaneous multi-element graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry
Nancy J. Miller-Ihli
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 1988,3, 73-81
DOI: 10.1039/JA9880300073

Happy Anniversary JAAS!

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Top 10 most accessed JAAS articles between July – September 2015

During the months July – September 2015, the most downloaded JAAS articles were:

A. Hope Jahren, Joshua N. Bostic and Brenda M. Davy
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 795-816
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA50339A, Tutorial Review

2015 Atomic Spectrometry Update – a review of advances in X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and their applications

Margaret West, Andrew T. Ellis, Philip J. Potts, Christina Streli, Christine Vanhoof and Peter Wobrauschek

Robert Clough, Simon. T. Belt, E. Hywel Evans, Pete Sutton, Ben Fairman and Tim Catterick
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2003, 18, 1033-1038
DOI: 10.1039/B302880C, Paper

2014 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, Atomic Spectrometry Update

First steps towards a generic sample preparation scheme for inorganic engineered nanoparticles in a complex matrix for detection, characterization, and quantification by asymmetric flow-field flow fractionation coupled to multi-angle light scattering and ICP-MS

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, Paper

Atomic spectrometry update: 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., 2015, 30, 1017-1037
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA90017D, Atomic Spectrometry Update
Ruud Peters, Zahira Herrera-Rivera, Anna Undas, Martijn van der Lee, Hans Marvin, Hans Bouwmeester and Stefan Weigel
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 1274-1285
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00357H, Paper

Instrumental isotope fractionation in multiple-collector icp-ms

Francis Albarède, Emmanuelle Albalat and Philippe Télouk
M. Wacker and A. Seubert
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 707-714
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA50358E, Pape

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

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And remember, you can submit direct to JAAS here

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The 2nd National Conference on Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Chinese Chemical Society Held in Hangzhou

By Nana.

The 2nd National Conference on Mass Spectrometric Analysis (CNMS) of Chinese Chemical Societywas held on October 16-19, 2015 in Hangzhou, China. This conference was hosted by the Chinese Chemical Society and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The 2nd NCMS was organized by Mass Spectrometry Division of Chinese Chemical Society and the Department of Chemistry of Zhejiang University. More than 1000 conventioneers including scientists, experts and students attended the conference.

The opening ceremony of the conference was chaired by Prof.Yuanjiang Pan from Zhejiang University. Prof. Jianhong Luo, the vice-president of Zhejiang University, Prof. Hongyuan Chen from Nanjing University, and Prof. Qiankun Zhuang from NSFC gave the opening speeches.

Prof. Yuanjiang Pan of Zhejiang University chaired the Opening Ceremony

Prof. Jianhong Luo of Zhejiang University gave the opening speech

Prof. Hongyuan Chen of Nanjing University during the opening speech

Prof. Qiankun Zhuang of NSFC during the opening speech

During this symposium, 17 plenary lecturers including 5 academicians, 56 invited speakers, 54 contributed speakers and 26 young scientists presented their latest academic achievements in mass spectrometry, which were related to instrumentation developments, mass spectrometric fundamentals, as well last to he development and application of mass spectrometric technologies. 16 excellent young scientists and 30 excellent posters were awarded. The meeting provided a great opportunity for extensive academic and technical exchanges on research progress in the hope of promoting the development of mass spectrometry in China. In addition, many analytical instrument manufacturers, including Shimadzu, Agilent, Hitachi, Bruker and so on, exhibited their relevant instruments and technical application data.

The well-organized conference was highly appreciated by the attendees and sponsors, which pushes forward mass spectrometric research and applications and promotes the development of Science and Technology in mass spectrometry.

Conference Hall

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Call for papers: Themed issue on speciation analysis

You are invited to contribute to the upcoming JAAS themed issue showcasing the latest discoveries and developments in speciation analysis.

Guest Edited by Professor Gunda Koellensperger (University of Vienna, Austria) and Dr Heidi Goenaga-Infante (LGCGroup, London, UK) this upcoming themed issue will highlight the most outstanding work in the area of speciation analysis, and also provide some insight into the newly emerging work in this exciting area of research.

For your article to be considered for the speciation analysis themed issue we must receive your manuscript by March 1st 2016.

Communications, full papers and review articles are welcomed, if you are interested in submitting a paper for this themed issue please contact us to let us know.

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Oceanography, Geoanalysis and Marine Science in JAAS

Check out this collection of articles published in JAAS showcasing the applications of spectroscopy-based techniques in oceanography, marine science and geoanalysis research.

If you work in this area, why not submit your next paper to JAAS?

Rare earth element analysis in natural waters by multiple isotope dilution – sector field ICP-MS
Tristan C. C. Rousseau, Jeroen E. Sonke, Jerome Chmeleff, Frederic Candaudap, François Lacan, Geraldo Boaventura, Patrick Seyler and Catherine Jeandel
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2013, 28, 573-584
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA30332B
From themed collection 2013 Top 25 most read JAAS articles

Resolution of inter-laboratory discrepancies in Mo isotope data: an intercalibration
Tatiana Goldberg, Gwyneth Gordon, Gareth Izon, Corey Archer, Christopher R. Pearce, James McManus, Ariel D. Anbar and Mark Rehkämper
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2013, 28, 724-735
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA30375F

LA-ICPMS elemental imaging of complex discontinuous carbonates: An example using large benthic foraminifera
David Evans and Wolfgang Müller
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2013, 28, 1039-1044
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA50053E
From themed collection 2013 Elemental Imaging

Precise determination of δ88Sr in rocks, minerals, and waters by double-spike TIMS: a powerful tool in the study of geological, hydrological and biological processes
Leonid A. Neymark, Wayne R. Premo, Nikolay N. Mel’nikov and Poul Emsbo
J. Anal. At. Spectrom, 2014, 29, 65-75
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA50310K

High precision osmium elemental and isotope measurements of North Atlantic seawater

Abdelmouhcine Gannoun and Kevin W. Burton
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 2330-2342
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00265B

Determination of heavy metals in marine sediments using MAME-GFAAS

Ana M. Hernández-Martínez, Carolina Padrón-Sanz, M. Esther Torres Padrón, Zoraida Sosa Ferrera and Jose Juan Santana Rodríguez
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 435-442
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00342J

Application of handheld energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry to carbonate studies: opportunities and challenges
Jennifer Quye-Sawyer, Veerle Vandeginste and Kimberley J. Johnston
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 1490-1499
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA00114E

Mg/Ca ratios measured by laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS): a new approach to decipher environmental conditions
A. García-Escárzaga, S. Moncayo, I. Gutiérrez-Zugasti, M. R. González-Morales, J. Martín-Chivelet and J. O. Cáceres
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 1913-1919
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA00168D

Precise analysis of calcium stable isotope variations in biological apatites using laser ablation MC-ICPMS

Théo Tacail, Philippe Télouk and Vincent Balter
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA00239G

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Correlating Mg/Ca ratios with paleotemperatures: LIBS is the new way!

What if there were actual dinosaurs on Isla Nublar as depicted in Spielberg’s Jurassic Park? What if they had succeeded in conquering the world? What would the dinosaurs be like? Palaeontology helps us to answer such questions. The world surrounding us today is a consequence of a series of events that happened over a long period of time. Looking back in time by reconstruction of the climatic and environmental variability in the past helps us to understand the current climatic, geographical as well as anthropological makeup of our world.

The study of biological remains from archaeological sites is useful to reconstruct the past climate and gain insight into human activities. Among these, shells of molluscs are excellent archives of  environmental conditions that existed during the life of the organism as well as indicators of human behaviour.

The chemical makeup of the shells as well as stable isotope ratios, mainly δ18O are associated with the sea water temperature. Trace element (such as Mg, Ca) ratios in the biogenic carbonate of shells provide geochemical data of high potential. A strong correlation of Mg/Ca with temperature has been shown in experimental work on different molluscs. But the analytical techniques used for the study involved long sample preparation procedures, microgram order of samples and are cost ineffective. In order to overcome these problems,  J. O. Caceres et al. at Complutense University, Spain, have shown for the first time the usage of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) to obtain the Mg/Ca ratios in the shells of modern specimens of the mollusc Phorcus lineatus.

In their recent JAAS article, they have demonstrated the feasibility of the LIBS technique as an analytical methodology for the determination of climate patterns and their correlation with other techniques such as δ18O. LIBS analysis of 47 samples of P. lineatus collected over a period of a year was carried out to evaluate the potential of Mg/Ca ratios in the shells to infer sea water paleotemperatures. ‘LIBS allow us to obtain results quickly with considerable cost reduction without the loss of archaeological materials’, conclude J. O. Caceres et al.

To learn more about the detailed analysis and correlation of Mg/Ca ratios with sea water paleotemperatures by using LIBS, read the full article for free* by using the following link-

Mg/Ca ratios measured by laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS): a new approach to decipher environmental conditions
A. García-Escárzaga, S. Moncayo, I. Gutiérrez-Zugasti, M. R. González-Morales, J. Martín-Chivelet and J. O. Cáceres
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 1913-1919
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA00168D


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