JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2016 Winner announced

We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2016 JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship. This Lectureship was launched to recognise and support an emerging scientist working in the area of atomic spectrometry in the early stages of their independent career and we received many exceptional and highly deserving nominations this year.

Congralutaions to Sohail Mushtaq, London Metropolitan University!

Lectureship award details

As a winner of the lectureship, Sohail will be able to present his research at a relevant high-profile international meeting and receive a contribution of up to £2000 each to cover associated travel and accommodation costs. He will be awarded a certificate and invited to contribute a paper to JAAS.

You can read more about eligibility and the selection process in the call for nominations post.

We will be posting more information about our winner soon!

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Top 10 Reviewers for JAAS

In celebration of Peer Review Week, with the theme of Recognition for Review – we would like to highlight the top 10 reviewers for JAAS in 2016, as selected by the editorial team for their significant contribution to the journal.

We would like to say a massive thank you to these reviewers as well as the JAAS board and all of the analytical community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

Name

Institution

Pawel Pohl

Wroclaw University of Technology

Dmitriy Malinovskiy

LGC group

Jose Miguel Vadillo

Universidad de Malaga

Jorge Pisonero

University of Oviedo

Jorg Bettmer

University of Oviedo

Sun Lanxiang

University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Gábor Galbács

University of Szeged

Zhe Wang

Tsinghua University

Norbert Jakubowski

Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)

Thomas Prohaska

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences

As a little added bonus to celebrate Peer Review Week, for the next four weeks our reviewers will be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize! Simply submit a review for any of our journals between 19 September and 16 October 2016 and you will be automatically eligible for a chance to win one of our fantastic prizes.

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JASIS Poster Prize Winners 2016

The annual seminar “A Guide to Plasma Spectrochemistry – From sample digestion to practical analytical examples” was held at the JASIS Conference in Makuhari, Japan on 6th September 2016.

One of the  winners of the Poster Prize competition was Ms Mari Aida from Tokyo Institute Technology with her poster “Desorption/ionization mass spectrometry method for mapping of skin-surface compounds using low power laser and non-thermal plasma”.

The other winner was Mr Yuuki Tanaka from Kyoto University with his poster “Evaluating the changes in bone mineral balance for CKD and Diabetic model rat through the Calcium isotopic signatures”.

Congratulations to Yuuki and Mari!

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Themed issue dedicated to elemental speciation analysis now published

The new themed issue for JAAS dedicated to showcasing the latest high impact research in speciation analysis is now published.

Guest edited by Professor Gunda Koellensperger and Dr Heidi Goenaga-Infante, this issue is dedicated to the newly emerging work in this exciting area of research.

Read their introductory editorial here .

You can check out the complete issue here.

Enjoy!


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European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry

Written by Thomas Prohaska, Johanna Irrgeher, Stephan Hann, Daniel Pröfrock and Andreas Zitek

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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Will you be at LIBS 2016?

Will you be at LIBS 2016 on Sept 12-14 in Chamonix, France?

The 9th International Conference on Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) will be held in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France this September.  If you are attending the meeting, why not find me and have a chat about JAAS, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and publishing in general, and let me explain why our journals are the best home for your research.

Rebecca Brodie Rebecca Brodie, Deputy Editor, JAAS.

Please feel free to get in touch with me before the conference to arrange a meeting.

I look forward to meeting you in Chamonix!

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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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