JAAS 30 weeks to 30 – Week 10!

 Cassiterite fingerprinting by LA-ICP-MS

Hans-Eike Gabler et al.

This week is tin! This week’s paper is from a themed collection from the 2013 European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, Krakow, Poland.

The US Government has classiifed cassiterite (SnO2) as a ‘conflict mineral’. This means that all companies that use tin in their products must verify that their tin does not originate from conflict regions such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo where there is an ongoing violent conflict. In this paper, Gabler et al. look at a geochemical fingerprinting method for cassiterite based on LA-ICP-MS.

Cassiterite fingerprinting by LA-ICP-MS
Hans-Eike Gäbler, Sönke Rehder, Andreas Bahr, Frank Melcher and Simon Goldmann
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2013, 28, 1247-1255
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA50106J

Week 15 will be…crystal

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New JAAS Impact Factor announced : 3.4!

JAAS, 2014, Issue 1We are delighted to announce that our latest Impact Factor* has risen to 3.4!

JAAS remains the leading journal dedicated to publishing research in atomic spectrometry and is the place to publish innovative research on the fundamental theory and application of spectrometric techniques. Readership is cross-disciplinary and includes such varied fields as: atomic spectrometry, mass spectrometry, biomedical and clinical science, geochemistry and environmental sciences, materials and nanoanalysis, forensics and archaeometry.

The Editorial office thanks all of our Board members, authors, readers and reviewers for their continued support, and we look forward to celebrating the 30th anniversary of JAAS next year!

We invite you to submit your latest piece of high impact work with us here.

Click through to see how the other Royal Society of Chemistry journals did.

*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 2013 Journal Citation Reports®, (Thomson Reuters, 2014).

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European Workshop on Laser Ablation – Oral Prize Winner!

JAAS Oral Prize winner presentation

Frank Vanhaecke presents Amy Managh with the JAAS Best Oral Prize at EWLA 2014.

The 12th European Workshop on Laser Ablation was recently held at the Royal Holloway University of London, 8-11 July. The wide range of applications and fundamental developments presented at the meeting was impressive, as were the large number of posters and oral presentations.

Frank Vanhaecke, Chair of the Editorial Board for JAAS, was on hand to award the JAAS sponsored Best Oral Prize to Amy Managh, Loughborough Univeristy, for her talk titled ‘Single Cell Analysis Using a Fast-Washout LA-ICP-MS Interface’.

She was presented with a certificate and iPod nano. Congratulations Amy!

Thank you also to RHUL for being such wonderful hosts. We look forward to the 13th EWLA in 2016.

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Recent HOT articles in JAAS

Take a look at these new HOT articles just published in JAAS. These papers will be free to read for the next 4 weeks. Enjoy!

Diode laser thermal vaporization ICP MS with a simple tubular cell for determination of lead and cadmium in whole bloodDiode laser thermal vaporization ICP MS with a simple tubular cell for determination of lead and cadmium in whole blood
Pavla Foltynová, Antonín Bednařík, Viktor Kanický and Jan Preisler
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00113C

Sequence-specific recognition of single-stranded DNA using atomic absorption spectrometry

Hong Zhang, Zhifang Zhu, Zunxiang Zeng and Liansheng Ling
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00087K

Highly efficient single-cell analysis of microbial cells by time-resolved inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
Shin-ichi Miyashita, Alexander S. Groombridge, Shin-ichiro Fujii, Ayumi Minoda, Akiko Takatsu, Akiharu Hioki, Koichi Chiba and Kazumi Inagaki
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00040D

Method for isotope ratio drift correction by internal amplifier signal synchronization in MC-ICPMS transient signals
Cadmium isotope ratio measurements in environmental matrices by MC-ICP-MS
Alkiviadis Gourgiotis, Sylvain Bérail, Pascale Louvat, Hélène Isnard, Julien Moureau, Anthony Nonell, Gérard Manhès, Jean-Louis Birck, Jérôme Gaillardet, Christophe Pécheyran, Frédéric Chartier and Olivier F. X. Donard
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00118D

Cadmium isotope ratio measurements in environmental matrices by MC-ICP-MS

Nicola Pallavicini, Emma Engström, Douglas C. Baxter, Björn Öhlander, Johan Ingri and Ilia Rodushkin
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00125G

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JAAS 30 weeks to 30- Week 5!

 Strontium isotopic and tree-ring signatures of Cedrus brevifolia in Cyprus

Van Lerberghe et al

This week is wood! This paper featured in a 2012 themed issue on Archaeometry. In it, Van Lerberghe
et al used strontium isotopes in an attempt to provenance archaeological cedar wood from the east Mediterranean region. One of the roles cedar had in ancient Egypt and the Near East was in shipbuilding. The provenance of recovered wood is only surmised in studies to date.

Strontium isotopic and tree-ring signatures of Cedrus brevifolia in Cyprus
Sara Rich, Sturt W. Manning, Patrick Degryse, Frank Vanhaecke and Karel Van Lerberghe
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 796-806
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA10345A

This paper will be free to read for 3 weeks!

Week 10 will be…. Tin!

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Hair elements distinguish ethnicity and gender

Written by Rebecca Brodie for Chemistry World

A new forensic tool, being developed by scientists in Canada, uses a combination of spectroscopy and statistical analysis to determine a person’s gender and ethnicity from a thread of head hair.

Trace evidence, like hair, can help determine who was at a crime scene © Shutterstock

Trace evidence, like hair, can help determine who was at a crime scene © Shutterstock

Evidence left at the scene of a crime can be in many different forms including fingerprints, blood, fibres, paint chips and hair. It is the role of forensic scientists to analyse this evidence, which is often only present in very small amounts, to help find the culprits. In previous research, blood has been used to identify gender and ethnicity, but a problem with this is that blood can deteriorate quickly and can easily be destroyed or contaminated.

To read the full article, visit Chemistry World.

Original article can be read below:

Ethnic background and gender identification using electrothermal vaporization coupled to inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry for forensic analysis of human hair
Lily Huang and Diane Beauchemin
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 1228-1232
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00071D

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JAAS 30 weeks to 30- Week 3!

 Speciation of chromium in cow's milk by solid-phase extraction/dynamic reaction cell inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (DRC-ICP-MS)

This week is leather! We had to be a little creative with our choice this week. While we couldn’t find a paper that looked specifically at leather, we did find one investigating another product we get from cows, in this case milk.

Speciation of chromium in cow’s milk by solid-phase extraction/dynamic reaction cell inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (DRC-ICP-MS)
Abayneh A. Ambushe, Robert I. McCrindle and Cheryl M. E. McCrindle
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2009, 24, 502-507
DOI: 10.1039/B819962K

This paper will be free to read until 4th July!

In 2 weeks… Wood!

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JAAS 30 weeks to 30 – Week 2!

Rapid analysis of volatile arsenic species released from lake sediment by a packed cotton column coupled with atomic fluorescence spectrometry

Rapid analysis of volatile arsenic species released from lake sediment by a packed cotton column coupled with atomic fluorescence spectrometry

Continuing our lead up to the 30th anniversary of JAAS, this week we have a paper for cotton.

Rapid analysis of volatile arsenic species released from lake sediment by a packed cotton column coupled with atomic fluorescence spectrometry
Chun-Gang Yuan, Kegang Zhang, Zhenhua Wang and Guibin Jiang
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2010, 25, 1605-1611
DOI: 10.1039/C0JA00005A

This paper will be free to read until 30th June.

Next week… leather

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JAAS 30th Anniversary in 2015 – 30 weeks to 30!

Combining XANES, ICP-AES, and SEM/EDS for the study of phytate chelating treatments used on iron gall ink damaged manuscripts

Combining XANES, ICP-AES, and SEM/EDS for the study of phytate chelating treatments used on iron gall ink damaged manuscripts

Next year sees the 30th Anniversary for JAAS, and to celebrate we are marking out the 30 weeks leading up to this fantastic milestone! Each week we will be highlighting a JAAS paper that corresponds (albeit sometimes very loosely) with the traditional wedding anniversary presents.

To kick start us off, week 1 is Paper.

Combining XANES, ICP-AES, and SEM/EDS for the study of phytate chelating treatments used on iron gall ink damaged manuscripts
Véronique Rouchon, Eleonora Pellizzi, Maroussia Duranton, Frederik Vanmeert and Koen Janssens
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2011, 26, 2434-2441
DOI: 10.1039/C1JA10185D

This paper will be free to read until June 27th.

Next week….Cotton!

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Synchrotron radiation and neutrons in art and archaeology (SR2A 2014) registration deadline soon!

Synchrotron radiation and neutrons in art and archaeology (SR2A-2014)

Musée du Louvre, Paris, 9—12 Sept 2014

Deadline for Early bird registration and Poster abstracts: June 15th

For more information see the website: www.sr2a-2014.org

The conference will consist of three full days of oral presentations and poster sessions in the heart of the Louvre museum, Paris, France: 9—12 September 2014.

SR2A-2014 is open to all interested professionals, including archaeologists, conservation scientists, conservators, geochemists and material scientists, researchers with experience utilising large-scale research facilities and other analytical techniques, curators, cultural heritage managers, art historians, students, potential users of synchrotrons, etc. The Louvre venue is intended to provide an unprecedented opportunity for professionals from Europe and worldwide to meet and share their expertise and experience.

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