Congratulation to the ISEAC 39 poster prize winner

Congratulations to our JAAS Poster Prize winner at the recent ISEAC 39 (39th International Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry) meeting in Hamburg, Germany.  The central subject of the ISEAC-39 conference that took place at the University of Hamburg, from July 19th – 22nd 2016 was the innovative use of analytical methods for the investigation of environmentally and food relevant questions.

The winner was Anja Brandt with her poster on the direct detection of metal nanoparticles by high resolution continuum source GFAAS.

Well done Anja!

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New JAAS Editorial Chair: A few words with Martín Resano

Martin Resano

The new Chair of the Editorial Board for JAAS has been announced as Martín Resano. We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Martín and find out a bit more about him.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role as chair?

Besides working with very nice people, I think it is learning. Since I joined the Advisory Board and later the Editorial Board of JAAS, I have learnt a lot about how a Journal works and how all my colleagues do things in different ways. I expect the role as Chair will be even more formative. Plus, my wife is very proud of me!

What are your aims?

My aim is to try to further improve JAAS and leave it in a better situation than is now. Obviously, I have big shoes to fill, so it will not be easy. But JAAS community has always been like a family and we want to keep that, we want to keep the human contact in a Web 2.0 world, and we want to make it as easier and swift as possible for authors and reviewers, as well as provide further service (e.g. I like the new citation velocity addition!). I think there is still some room for improvement, for instance regarding proof corrections and MS promotion.

And there is always the inevitable IF. I think the current IF does not completely reflect the quality of the papers that JAAS publishes and I would like to see it going higher. Plus, former Editor and Publisher Niamh O’Connor jokingly (jokingly?) challenged me to beat the IF she achieved with Detlef Gunther as Chair (4.372 in 2010). Let’s see what we can do about that.

What direction do you see this research field moving in and what do you imagine will be the next big breakthrough?

As Bohr said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”

I think atomic spectrometry is a bit dependent on instrumental and technological developments. This happens in all areas, but perhaps it is most obvious in ours, because only a few groups have the knowledge, support and access to resources to build such complex instruments. But we are good at taking advantage of the instruments we have, and even using them for purposes that significantly differ from those for which they were originally designed for, sometimes with very interesting outcomes.

So you can see new papers coming in some areas due to new needs (e.g., characterization of nanomaterials) but also because new instruments make it possible to develop new applications (e.g., new types of lasers, high-resolution continuum source AAS devices, ICP-MS/MS instruments, new XRF imaging applications based on synchrotrons). So it is hard to guess, because I think technologically it is possible to build better instrumentation right now, but the commercial impact has to be taken into account.

From a personal point of view, I would like to see a more powerful high-res continuum source AAS device, I am very curious about the potential of TOF devices for ICP-MS, and I would like to see the prices of fs lasers to finally drop.

And, overall, I think the difference between atomic and molecular spectrometry is becoming very subtle, as former Chair Frank Vanhaecke discussed in a recent JAAS editorial.

How do we encourage the next generation of analytical chemists?

Analytical chemistry is such an interdisciplinary field that enables you to work in any area you really like. Plus, the information we provide is not only useful, but often indispensable.

Whose work do you think is really exciting at the moment?

Everybody in our Editorial and Advisory Board is doing a great job. I feel very comfortable with the team we have, and I think it would be a bit unfair to highlight some group right now.

Instead, I prefer to talk a bit about the past. I grew up as a scientist admiring the work that former JAAS Chairs (such as Barry Sharp, Joe Caruso, Gary Hietfje, Detlef Gunther and Frank Vanhaecke) and other JAAS members (such as Ralph Sturgeon, Jim Holcombe, Bernhard Welz, Scott Tanner) did, and for me it has been a formidable experience and a wonderful journey to be able to not only meet them but to work with most of them. And most of them are still active and doing great Science!

Once again, we’d like to warmly welcome Martín. We’re looking forward to his term as Chair of the JAAS Editorial Board.

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LIBS 2016 – deadline approaching

Graphical Abstract


The 9th International Conference on Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy will be held at the Centre de Congres in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc between 12-16 September 2016

“From laser plasmas to analyses” will be the guiding thread of the conference, because between the science and the technology, there is knowledge to be elaborated and expertise to be shared!’

Dates for your diary:

25th July 2016: Early registration fee payment deadline

What to expect on the day:

Five different forms of presentation
Plenary lectures
Invited talks including a snapshot of the LIBS technique by the most active and representative LIBS R&D teams
Oral presentations
Vendor session talks
Poster presentations

For more information about the lectures and for details on specific topics please see the conference program

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT NOW

For more information about the conference please see their website

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Top 10 most accessed JAAS articles between April – June 2016

During the months April – June 2016, the most downloaded JAAS articles were:

Determination of stability constants of strong metal–ligand complexes using anion or cation exchange chromatography and atomic spectrometry detection
M. Wacker and A. Seubert
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014,29, 707-714
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA50358E

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., 2016,31, 35-89
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA90061A

The potential for a carbon stable isotope biomarker of dietary sugar intake
A. Hope Jahren, Joshua N. Bostic and Brenda M. Davy
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2016,31, 197-202
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA00293A

Elemental bio-imaging using laser ablation-triple quadrupole-ICP-MS
David P. Bishop, David Clases, Fred Fryer, Elizabeth Williams, Simon Wilkins, Dominic J. Hare, Nerida Cole, Uwe Karst and Philip A. Doble
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2016,31, 197-202
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA00293A

Femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy
Timur A. Labutin, Vasily N. Lednev, Alexey A. Ilyin and Andrey M. Popov
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2016,31, 90-118
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA00301F

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

Atomic spectrometry update. Review of advances in the analysis of metals, chemicals and functional materials
Simon Carter, Andy Fisher, Raquel Garcia, Bridget Gibson, Steve Lancaster, John Marshall and Ian Whiteside
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015,30, 2249-2294
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA90045J

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

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
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015,30, 1839-1889
DOI: 10.1039/C5JA90033F

Detection, quantification and derivation of number size distribution of silver nanoparticles in antimicrobial consumer products
Claudia Cascio, Otmar Geiss, Fabio Franchini, Isaac Ojea-Jimenez, François Rossi, Douglas Gilliland and Luigi Calzolai
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015,30, 1255-1265
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00410H

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New Impact Factor for JAAS announced

We are delighted to announce the latest Impact Factor for JAAS is 3.379 according to the 2015 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.

*The Impact Factor provides an indication of the average number of citations per paper. Produced annually, Impact Factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations in a year by the number of citeable articles published in the preceding two years. Data based on 2015 Journal Citation Reports®, (Thomson Reuters, 2016).

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Extended deadline for JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship

In order to ensure we receive as many high quality nominations as we can, we have extended the deadline for nominations for the JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship to 1st July 2016.

Lectureship details

The recipient of the lectureship will present their research at a relevant high-profile international meeting and receive a contribution of up to £2000 to cover associated travel and accommodation costs. They will be awarded a certificate and asked to contribute a Perspective or Research Article to JAAS.

Eligibility

The lectureship is open worldwide to researchers working in atomic spectrometry within the scope of JAAS who are at an early stage of their independent career. The nominee has to be under ten years from gaining their PhD and those who hold a senior permanent position are not eligible for the award.

Nominations

Nominations must be received by the Editorial Office by 1st July 2016; researchers cannot nominate themselves and members of the Editorial Board judging panel are not eligible to receive the lectureship.

Nominations must include:

A letter of recommendation, including achievements and evidence of research independence of the nominee

A brief biography of the nominee, including a summary of education and career

A list of relevant publications, highlighting those of particular significance as judged by the nominator

Selection

The lectureship winner will be selected by the JAAS Editorial Board based on the originality, quality, impact and significance of the candidate’s research, as highlighted in their nomination.

Submit a nomination

To make a nomination please send the Editorial Office a letter of recommendation, nominee biography and publication list no later than 1st July 2016.

JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship Nomination

You can read about last year’s inaugural winners here.

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EWLA 2016 themed issue with JAAS

As with previous EWLA conferences in the past, JAAS is proud to be publishing a themed issue on laser ablation to feature papers from the conference and to highlight the latest advances in laser-based microanalytical techniques.

The deadline for submission is 30 September 2016.

  • Submitted papers can be based on oral or poster presentations given at the meeting
  • There will be no upper limit to the number of papers an author can submit
  • All submissions will be subject to initial assessment and peer review in the usual manner and must meet the usual standards and requirements for the journal
  • This themed issue is scheduled to be published in early 2017

You can submit your article using the JAAS portal

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In memory of Shan Gao

Professor Shan Gao

Recently, we received the very sad news that our former colleague and Editorial Board member Professor Shan Gao had passed away, only 53 years old.

Shan Gao was Professor of Geochemistry at the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) and part-time professor at Northwestern University. He received his doctor’s degree from the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) in 1989 and was selected to be a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2009 and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. He also worked as associate editor and editorial board member of JAAS successively. His research mainly focused on laser ablation ICP-MS and its application in the analysis of minerals in situ elements and isotopes, chemical compositions of continental crust and the chemical exchange between the crust and mantle.

His contributions to these areas of research will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.

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LIBS 2016

Graphical Abstract


The 9th International Conference on Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy will be held at the Centre de Congres in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc between 12-16 September 2016

“From laser plasmas to analyses” will be the guiding thread of the conference, because between the science and the technology, there is knowledge to be elaborated and expertise to be shared!’

Dates for your diary:

31st May 2016: Abstract submission deadline
13th July 2016: Early registration fee payment deadline

What to expect on the day:

Five different forms of presentation
Plenary lectures
Invited talks including a snapshot of the LIBS technique by the most active and representative  LIBS R&D teams
Oral presentations
Vendor session talks
Poster presentations

For more information about the lectures and for details on specific topics please see the conference program

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT NOW

For more information about the conference please see their website

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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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