In memory of Edward Steers

Professor Edward Steers

Professor Edward Steers

We are saddened to report that Professor Edward Steers of the London Metropolitan University has passed away. Edward was a major figure in glow discharge spectrometry and he was widely respected and admired for his keen scientific insight and encyclopaedic knowledge, and he was universally loved as a genuine and wonderful individual.

While this is indeed sad news, let us remember that Edward reached a fine age and worked for over 60 years on a topic that he loved. And he inspired many young researchers to concentrate on the field of Glow Discharge. He will be missed. – Pete Robinson.

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Will you be attending the 2018 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry?

The 2018 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry is being held on January 8th – January 13th 2018 on Amelia Island, Florida, USA

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

The 2018 Winter Conference explores the most recent applications, developments, fundamentals, and research achieved with analytical plasma sources including glow discharges, inductively coupled plasmas, laser sources, and microwave discharges for elemental trace and ultra-trace, stable isotope, and elemental speciation analyses.

This conference is the 20th in a series of biennial meetings featuring developments in chemical analysis employing electrical discharge sources known as “plasma spectrochemistry”. More than 500 international scientists are expected to attend with 300 invited and contributed presentations and 50 professional development short training courses being offered. The meeting will take place at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort on Amelia Island, Florida.

The pre-registration deadline is October 13, 2017. The registration deadline is December 8, 2017. More information can be found online.

Philippa Hughes, Executive Editor of JAAS will be in attendance and JAAS will also be sponsoring two poster prizes this year – good luck to all of the entrants!

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Congratulations to Lester W. Strock Award Winner: Frank Vanhaecke

The Lester W. Strock Award is given by the New England Section of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy in recognition of a selected publication of substantive research in/or application of analytical atomic spectrochemistry in the fields of earth science, life sciences, or stellar and cosmic sciences.

This year’s winner is none other than former JAAS Editorial Board Chair, and current Advisory Board Member, Frank Vanhaecke.

Frank received a PhD from Ghent University (Belgium) in 1992. Currently, he is Senior Full Professor in Analytical Chemistry at Ghent University, where he leads the ‘Atomic & Mass Spectrometry – A&MS’ research group that is specialized in the determination, speciation and isotopic analysis of (trace) elements via ICP-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). His group studies fundamentally-oriented aspects of the technique and develops methods for solving challenging scientific problems in an interdisciplinary context.

Nowadays, specific topics of research include the direct bulk and spatially resolved analysis (including depth profiling and 2- and 3-dimensional elemental mapping) of solid materials by means of ICP-MS using laser ablation (LA) for sample introduction, the development of speciation strategies based on HPLC-ICP-MS for ADME (absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion) studies in cooperation with the pharmaceutical industry and isotopic analysis using multi-collector ICP-MS. Methods for high-precision isotopic analysis are developed for applications in, among other, the fields of archaeometry, geo- and cosmochemistry and medicine (“isotopic diagnosis”).

So far, Frank’s scientific research has resulted in ca. 350 publications in peer-reviewed journals with over 8000 citations, resulting in an h-factor of 45 (according to ISI’s Web of Science). Frank received a ‘European Plasma Spectrochemistry Award’ for his group’s contributions to this research field. In 2013, he was designated ‘Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy – SAS’.

Congratulations Frank!

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7th Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry

The 7th Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry (APWC) will be held from 12th – 15th November, 2017, in Matsue, Japan.

The conference will be focusing on the ceaseless growth in popularity of plasma sources for atomization, atomic spectroscopy, ionization in mass spectrometry and recent developments of plasma in spectrochemical analysis. APWC will bring together international scientists experienced in theory, instrumentation and applications to discuss and promote progresses in the field. The conference will consist of plenary and parallel sessions, poster presentation, and instruments exhibition. World famous scientists will be invited to give plenary and keynote lectures at the conference.

Scope of the conference

  • Fundamentals, excitation mechanisms, plasma phenomena and modeling
  • Sample introduction and transport phenomena
  • Nanomaterial analysis and characterization
  • Elemental speciation and sample preparation
  • Plasma source optical and mass spectrometry
  • Laser assisted plasma spectrochemistry
  • Stable isotope analysis
  • Advanced materials, surfaces, and interfaces
  • Plasma source instrumentation
  • Novel plasma spectrochemical applications

Important dates

Registration start: 1 Jun. 2017

Deadline of early bird registration: 30 Sept. 2017
Deadline of online registration: 31 Oct. 2017

Presentation registration start: 1 Jun. 2017
Deadline of presentation registration: 30 Sept. 2017

Deadline of abstract submission: 30 Sept. 2017

Accommodation registration start: 1 Jun. 2017
Deadline of accommodation registration: 31 Oct. 2017 (or until full booking)

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Nominations are now open for the JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship

We are delighted to announce we are welcoming nominations for the next JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship. The lectureship is awarded to recognise and support an emerging scientist working in the area of atomic spectrometry in the early stages of their independent career. You can read about the previous winner here.

Lectureship details

The recipient of the lectureship will present their research at a relevant high-profile international meeting (to be agreed with the Editorial Office) 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 Primary Research or Review 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. (*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 February 1st 2018; 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 Editorial Office will screen each nomination for eligibility and draw up a shortlist of candidates based on the nomination documents provided. 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 February 1st 2018.

 

For any queries, please contact the Editorial Office at jaas-rsc@rsc.org.

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JAAS Chair of the Editorial Board, Professor Martín Resano (Universidad de Zaragoza) selects his Top 5 articles from recent issues of JAAS

Dr. Resano is Professor in the Department of Analytical Chemistry and member of the I3A research institute at the University of Zaragoza, where he leads the group M.A.R.T.E., that investigates the capabilities and limitations of atomic spectrometry techniques for bulk and spatially resolved trace and isotopic analysis. Current focus is in a) the detection and quantification of nanomaterials; b) the development of minimally invasive methods for analysis of biological fluids; c) the potential of high-resolution graphite furnace molecular absorption spectrometry for elemental and isotopic analysis.

Read Professor Resano’s Editor’s Choice selection via the links below – all articles are free to access for the next 4 weeks!


Separation and detection of gold nanoparticles with capillary electrophoresis and ICP-MS in single particle mode (CE-SP-ICP-MS)
Franze et al., J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/c7ja00040e

This article explores for the first time the coupling of CE with ICP-MS operating in single particle mode, such that information on particle number, particle mean size, size distribution, and elemental composition can be visualized in 3-D single-particle electropherograms. A brilliant idea that follows the trend of adding extra dimensions to separation techniques, in order to achieve better resolution and more information.

Evaluation of a compact VUV spectrometer for elemental imaging by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy: application to mine core characterization
Trichard et al., J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/c7ja00185a

Imaging is a field in which the use of LIBS can represent a breakthrough because of its simplicity, sample throughput and cost-effectiveness. This work is a clear example of the potential of this technique.

Depth profiling of nanometer thin layers by laser desorption and laser postionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry
Yin et al., J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/c7ja00081b

A very impressive work on the performance of a new technique, laser desorption and laser postionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry, for depth profiling of thin layers of Ni and Ta, providing in-depth full isotopic spectra with an average ablation rate as low as 0.026 nm per laser pulse.

Novel non-target analysis of fluorine compounds using ICPMS/MS and HPLC-ICPMS/MS
Jamari et al., J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2017, 32, 942-950, DOI: 10.1039/C7JA00051K

A good example of how elemental information that is nearly impossible to achieve in a conventional way can instead be obtained, in an ingenious way, via the monitoring of molecular species. Plus, a good illustration of the upcoming importance of speciation of non-metals.

Sizing gold nanoparticles using graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry
Leopold et al., J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2017, 32, 723-730, DOI: 10.1039/C7JA00019G

Another brilliant example of innovation, proving how an “old-fashioned” technique can provide new information, in this case enabling the selective detection and quantification of AuNP of different sizes, in the range between 2 and 100 nm.

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In memory of Joe Caruso

Gary Hieftje, Joe Caruso, Maria Montes-Bayon

We are honoured to announce the publication of an online web collection with JAAS and Metallomics dedicated to the memory of Joe Caruso.

Joe was a well-known and highly respected leader in the field of analytical chemistry and plasma spectrochemistry in particular – more recently he made great contributions to the fields of elemental speciation and metallomics. Over the years he had 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.

This very special compilation highlights analytical research being conducted in these areas. We believe that this collection of papers is a fitting memorial to an inspiring mentor and outstanding chemist.

You can access the collection here, or use the link http://rsc.li/2tHpEQl

We thank the guest editors Gary Hieftje and Maria Montes-Bayon, and those who were able to contribute to the collection for their support of this very special memorial.

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Tsukuba Seminar 2017 Poster Prize Winners 2017

Two JAAS poster prizes were given out at the Tsukuba Seminar 2017, organised by the discussion group for Plasmaspectrochemistry. The two day seminar had a focused on fundamental and recent developments of ICP analysis and had speakers from universities, national institutes and industry.

Ms. Misaki Baba (Tokyo Institute of Technology) won one of the awards for her poster titled  “Measurement of reactive species in atmospheric low temperature plasma for applying to analytical and medical field”. The other winner was Mr. Koyo Ido (Tokyo Denki University and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) with his poster “Highly Sensitive Determination of Rb by Cool Plasma ICP-OES”.

The awards were presented by Professor Takafumi Hirata (University of Tokyo, President of the discussion group for Plasmaspectrochemistry, JAAS Editorial Board) and Dr. Hiromitsu Urakami (RSC Japan).

From left to right: Prof. Takafumi Hirata, Ms. Misaki Baba, Mr. Koyo Ido and Dr Hiromitsu Urakami

Congratulations to both winners!

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IMA 2017 last-minute poster deadline

There’s still time to submit!

Thanks to a deadline extension, anyone hoping to submit a poster to IMA 2017 still has time. The deadline has been expanded to 15th July. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the poster presentations.

The 10th International Conference on Instrumental Methods of Analysis (IMA) is due to be held from 17th – 21st September, 2017, in Heraklion, Greece.

The scientific program will consist of keynote lectures, oral and poster presentations, given by a wide mix of scientists ranging from established academics and world leaders in analytical chemistry, all the way through to dynamic and ambitious graduate students. ​In addition, we aim to attract contributions from commercial organizations, including presentations of new instrumentation, new applications and assessment of future commercial trends and opportunities. Furthermore, interesting workshops in the framework of IMA2017 will be organized. We therefore anticipate a very energetic and dynamic scientific gathering!

Click here for more information

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Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award, 2018

The Gordon F. Kirkbright bursary award is a prestigious annual award that enables a promising student/non-tenured young scientist of any nation to attend a recognised scientific meeting or visit a place of learning. The fund for this bursary was established in 1985 as a memorial to Professor Gordon Kirkbright in recognition of his contributions to analytical spectroscopy and to science in general. Although the fund is administered by the Association of British Spectroscopists (ABS) Trust, the award is not restricted to spectroscopists.

Applications are invited for the 2018 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary.

To download an Application Form or for further information visit, http://www.abstrust.org/, or contact abstrustuk@gmail.com

The closing date for entries is 31 December 2018.

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