European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry 2015 Plasma Award

JAAS Advisory Board member Jörg Feldmann, from the University of Aberdeen, received last week in Münster the 2015 European Award for Plasma Spectrochemistry. The laureate presented his excellent work on identification and quantification of organoarsenic species. Congratulations, Jörg!

Prof. Feldmann in Münster after his Award presentation

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International Symposium on Laser Spectroscopy and Spectral Analysis

The ‘‘International Symposium on Laser Spectroscopy and Spectral Analysis”(ISLSSA)has been held on December 20th-21st 2014 at  Pengzhou, Chengdu, China. ISLSSA was hosted by China Instrument and Control Society and jointly organized by Sichuan University and Pengzhou Municipal Government. There were over 140 delegates joining this conference, who come from America, Spain, Korea, France and China, amounting to more than 30 institutions.

The opening ceremony was hosted by Professor Yixiang Duan, the director of Research Center of Analytical Instrumentation, Sichuan University, China. The secretary general of China Instrument and Control Society, Mr. Xianfeng Zhu; the chairman of China Instrument and Control Society, Near Infrared Spectroscopy Division, Mr. Hongfu Yuan; and the Dean of college of Life Science, Sichuan University, Prof. Zhixiong Xiao were invited as special guests and made their opening speeches.

This international conference was carried out around the topics of laser atomic and molecular spectral analysis technologies, the combination of different laser based technologies, and the hardware designing technology for laser based instrumental systems. Many excellent reports were presented by national and international experts.

The two-day conference included invited talks, academic posters and equipment exhibitions. This international conference was designed to provide a unique platform for exchanging and discussing the advanced technologies in laser spectroscopy, thus jointly promoting the development and progress of laser spectroscopy techniques. Quantitative analysis of fluorite ores, online monitoring for industrial emissions, resources exploration and applications in atmospheric chemistry with laser spectroscopy were discussed in the conference. Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) technology for in-situ and remote analysis of molten metals, for quantitative analysis of viscous liquids, as well as data processing methods with chemometrics for LIBS were also presented in this conference. The conference had a very good academic atmosphere, and delegates took active part in idea exchanges and discussions. With the joint efforts of all participants, this international conference was considerably successful.

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The Next Generation – An Interview with Ásta Heiðrún E. Pétursdóttir

We  begin the year interviewing Ásta Heiðrún E. Pétursdóttir, a post-doc at Matís (Iceland) who recently finished her PhD in Aberdeen under the supervision of Jörg Feldmann.

Ásta in her former lab in Aberdeen

Who or what inspired you to become a scientist?

I always enjoyed the Science subjects in school and college, so I decided to study Mathematics and Chemistry at University. After a couple of years I switched completely to Chemistry; we got to wear cool lab coats, safety goggles and do crazy science experiments in the lab.

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

My MSc (University of Iceland) was based on arsenic and arsenic speciation and mainly took place at Matís, Iceland, which is a dynamic R&D company that among other things aims at ensuring safety and quality of food products. This suited well my research interests. I decided to go abroad for an exchange year via the ERASMUS program, to take courses and get in depth expert guidance in a research group intensively involved in speciation, which was then a new field in my group in Iceland. My supervisor at the time mentioned a few research groups doing arsenic speciation and of those Scotland sounded like a nice place. Rain, wind, mountains and sheep. So just like home.

A few months in I decided to stay and do a PhD in the group (TESLA group at the University of Aberdeen). I have to admit at that point I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do arsenic speciation for 3 more years, if I’d want to live in such a grey city, nor even if I wanted to stay abroad for so long. But the speciation grew on me and now I think it is fascinating, I like the city, I made amazing friends and I couldn’t have wished for a better supervisor. I see now that this was a pretty good decision. I finished my PhD this summer and I’m currently back in the research group in Iceland where the whole process started off, but now as a PostDoc, so I’ve come a circle. It was a good experience to go abroad for my studies, but it’s also great to be back in my old research group.

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

In my PhD I focused mainly on the speciation of inorganic arsenic, because of its toxicity and potential upcoming legislation on inorganic arsenic in food (e.g. rice) in Europe. I was interested in seeing what affected the determination of inorganic arsenic; the extraction? The instrumental method? None of the above? I did some method development and published a few papers on this. I also looked into lipid-soluble arsenic. It’s been an under researched area but is gaining more attention now. The arsenolipids are of interest since there are still so many unanswered questions regarding them. At the University of Aberdeen I had fantastic opportunities to study this, as there is extensive knowledge present within the group on this subject matter and unique combination of instrumentation facilitating easier determination of the arsenolipids. At the moment I’m continuing my work on inorganic arsenic, but would like to get back to the arsenolipids in the near future.

How is a typical day in your lab?

When I’m in the lab most time goes into sample preparation, analysis or method development. I’ve also been supervising students which I find enjoyable. I do spend a considerable time outside of the lab, working on data treatment, writing papers or grant proposals.

What common activities are organized in your research group?

In my current workplace we have regular division meetings where we discuss the recent developments within the group. We also have several social events planned each year, such as the recent Christmas dinner and in the autumn the whole company went on a staff trip, visiting interesting companies and we ended the day in the Blue Lagoon, a geo-thermal Lagoon/Spa – a great day out.

What app/programs do you typically use?

I mostly use Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc), I also use statistical software such as SigmaStat, integration software (Origin) and instrumental ones such as Chemstation, Masshunter or Xcalibur.

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

I tend to use Web of Science for my research. Sometimes Scopus. I’ve been using Endnote to manage my bibliography.

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

I haven’t published anything in JAAS so far, but I’m sure I will submit a manuscript there. It is one of the go to journals for ICP-MS work and many of the articles I read have been published in JAAS.

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

I think most scientists agree that science can be very frustrating at times when nothing seems to work. Then as soon as things start working you forget all about that.

What I like is the diversity of my days, where I’m sometimes working hard in the lab and at others I’m thinking of new ideas for research projects. I also enjoy writing papers and the idea of getting my research across to other scientists.  I think my work is challenging and great for engaging with other people.

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

I hope to be able to continue in my line of work and I would like to still work on my own research. I would be happy to be here at Matís in Iceland, the research facilities have grown recently with new instrumentation and I would like to familiarize myself with them with the prospect of using them for my work. I believe I would enjoy to manage different projects and supervise students.

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

In my free time I hang out with family and friends, often trying to convince people to play board games with me. I play the clarinet and the piano as well. I also like to go climbing (bouldering) every now and then. Now that I have moved back to Iceland I try to the nice warm swimming pools as often as I can. They are lovely.

Thanks a lot, Ásta, and all the best for 2015!

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JAAS 30 Weeks to 30 – Week 30!

LA-ICPMS elemental imaging of complex discontinuous carbonates: An example using large benthic foraminifera

Evans & Muller

Well this is it, we’ve reached Week 30, and this time the theme is pearl! Our paper this week is from our Elemental Imaging themed issue.

Researchers from the UK are looking at benthic foraminifera, tiny carbonate sea organisms, and using them to look at palaeoenvironmental information and to study the climate of the past.

This paper will be free to read until Jan 31st .

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

Thank you for following us on our countdown to the 30th Anniversary of JAAS! We hope you have enjoyed the journey and had a chance to see the wide breadth of research that we publish.

See you in 2015!

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2015 European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry themed issue

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We are delighted to announce that once again, JAAS will be publishing a themed issue from the 2015 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry.

The submission deadline for the issue will be 10th April 2015, with the option of having your article published online as soon as it is accepted. The issue will be published online and in print in summer 2015. If you need any extra time to complete your manuscript, do let us know and we would be happy to discuss this with you.

We welcome the submission of communications, full papers and technical notes, and all articles will be subject to peer-review. If you are interested in writing a review article for the issue, please do not hesitate to contact me (jaas-rsc@rsc.org) or JAAS Editorial Board Chair, Frank Vanhaecke, to discuss a possible topic.

You can submit your article by uploading your manuscript through the journal website. Don’t forget to mention in your cover letter that you article is intended for the Winter Conference themed issue.

We look forward to reading your next article!

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Themed issue dedicated to Barry Sharp is now online

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We are delighted to announce that the JAAS themed issue dedicated to Barry Sharp is now online. The issue features papers in celebration of Barry Sharp’s significant contribution to analytical science over his career, click through to read the introduction by Les Ebdon.

In addition to his extensive scientific contributions, Barry played a key role in the birth of JAAS and as well as being a founding member of the Editorial Board went on to hold the post of JAAS Chair. We offer our sincerest thanks to Barry for all his involvement and support of the journal, which this year is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary.

Take a look at the full themed issue online


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, 30, 119-125
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00137K

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, 30, 139-147
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00231H

Direct elemental analysis of honeys by atmospheric pressure glow discharge generated in contact with a flowing liquid cathode
Krzysztof Greda, Piotr Jamroz, Anna Dzimitrowicz and Pawel Pohl
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 154-161
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00261J

C18-coated stir bar sorptive extraction combined with HPLC-ICP-MS for the speciation of butyltins in environmental samples
Xiangju Mao, Wenying Fan, Man He, Beibei Chen and Bin Hu
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 162-171
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00294F

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Optimizing GC-ICP-MS for ultra-trace quantification of PBDEs in natural water samples using species-specific isotope dilution
Adriana González-Gago, Daniel Pröfrock and Andreas Prange
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 180-190
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00112E

Investigation of silver nanoparticles and plasma protein association using flow field-flow fractionation coupled with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (FlFFF-ICP-MS)
Panida Wimuktiwan, Juwadee Shiowatana and Atitaya Siripinyanond
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 245-253
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00225C

An internal standardisation strategy for quantitative immunoassay tissue imaging using laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
Daniel A. Frick, Charlotte Giesen, Teresa Hemmerle, Bernd Bodenmiller and Detlef Günther
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 254-259
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00293H


Ultraviolet radiation combined with microwave-assisted wet digestion of Antarctic seaweeds for further determination of toxic elements by ICP-MS

Marcia F. Mesko, Rochele S. Picoloto, Lizângela R. Ferreira, Vanize C. Costa, Claudio M. P. Pereira, Pio Colepicolo, Edson I. Muller and Erico M. M. Flores
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, 30, 260-266
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00264D


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

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Nominations are open for the JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship

We are delighted to announce we are welcoming nominations for the inaugural JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship. Launching to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the journal, the lectureship will be awarded annually from 2015 to recognise and support an emerging scientist working in the area of atomic spectrometry in the early stages of their independent career.

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 scope of JAAS who are at an early stage of their independent career. Typically this will be within 10 years of completing their PhD, but appropriate consideration will be given to those who have taken a career break or followed a different study path.

Nominations

Nominations must be received by the Editorial Office by March 1st 2015; 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. The winner will be selected at the spring Editorial Board meeting and the recipient announced shortly afterwards.

Submit a nomination

To make a nomination please send the Editorial Office a letter of recommendation, nominee biography and publication list no later than March 1st 2015.

JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship Nomination

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JAAS 30 Weeks to 30 – Week 25!

Single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry: evaluation of three different pneumatic and piezo-based sample introduction systems for the characterization of silver nanoparticles

B. Franze et al

Week 25 is silver! This week’s paper is from our Nanoanalysis themed issue.

A worldwide concern over the toxicity risk of nanoparticles means that it is important to provide analytical tools that can characterize various types of nanomaterials in a sensitive and fast way. In this paper a team from Germany compared three techniques for the characterization of silver nanoparticles.

This paper will be free to read until Dec 5th .

Single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry: evaluation of three different pneumatic and piezo-based sample introduction systems for the characterization of silver nanoparticles
Bastian Franze, Ingo Strenge and Carsten Engelhard
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1074-1083
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA00003B

Week 30 will be…pearl

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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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EWCPS 2015 – European Winter Conference – Upcoming dates!

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Important dates to remember:

Nomination of candidates for the European Plasma Award         October 31, 2014
Submission of abstracts for posters and oral presentations          October 31, 2014
Notification of acceptance for regular presentations                      November 17, 2014
Early-bird registration at reduced fee                                                November 30, 2014
Submission of abstracts for late poster presentations                    December 12, 2014
Notification of acceptance for poster presentations                        December 31, 2014

For more information about the conference, please follow the link EWCPS2015.

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