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Congratulations to Associate Editor, Zhen Liu!

2020 Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship WinnerZhen Liu

Analytical Methods would like to congratulate our Associate Editor, Professor Zhen Liu (Nanjing University, China), on being selected as one of the 2020 Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship winners. The prize will be presented to him at Pittcon conference in Chicago, March 1st – 5th, 2020.

Zhen is Distinguished Professor at Nanjing University, China. He obtained his PhD from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Academy of Sciences of China in 1998. After post-doctoral training at Hyogo University (former Himeji Institute of Technology) in Japan as a JPSP scholar (2000-2002) and at the University of Waterloo in Canada (2002-2005), he joined Nanjing University as a Full Professor in 2005. He was appointed as Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo (2011-2014). He was awarded the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (2014). His research interests include separation science, affinity materials, molecular imprinting, bioassays, single cell analysis, hyphenated analytical approaches, and nanomaterials for cancer therapy. He is particularly interested in integrating multidisciplinary knowledge, expertise and skills to overcome challenges in life science, such as disease diagnosis and cancer therapy.

Please join us in congratulating Zhen on this achievement!

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Emerging Contaminants – themed collection open for submissions

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new themed collection on emerging contaminants, guest edited by Analytical Methods Associate Editor Fiona Regan (Dublin City University), Leon Barron (King’s College London) and Sara Castiglioni (Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri).

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Emerging contaminants are pollutants of growing concern. They are mainly organic compounds such as: pesticides, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, hormones, plasticizers, food additives, wood preservatives, laundry detergents, surfactants, disinfectants, flame retardants, and other organic compounds that were found recently in natural wastewater stream generated by human and industrial activities.

We invite primary research and review content focusing on analytical methods that can be used for sampling and pre-treatment for chemicals of concern, chromatographic and other separation methods, including high resolution screening, mass spectrometry for unknowns in samples, and also new column applications.

We acknowledge that current monitoring methods are infrequent and therefore new methods for measurement of CECs are being developed. These methods include chemical sensors and biosensors as well as passive sampling methods. This themed issue also invites papers on real applications to environmental (water, air, soil) and other samples (biological, micro plastics) to demonstrate the widespread occurrence of these chemicals and the challenges in addressing sample matrix analytically. A growing drive to develop effect based methods is emerging and the challenge of quantifying and addressing chemical cocktails will provide interest to the Analytical Methods audience also. 

If you are interested in submitting to this collection, please contact the Analytical Methods Editorial Office.

Submission deadline: 31st March 2020

Articles included in this collection will be published as they are accepted, and collated into an online collection. Please note all submitted manuscripts will be subject to peer review in accordance with the journal’s normal standards.


Read papers in our sister journals Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts and Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology on the topic of PFAS: rsc.li/pfas

 

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Top 10 most downloaded Analytical Methods articles from April – June 2019

Check out these recent Analytical Methods articles, which were the most downloaded between April and June 2019.

The articles have all been made free to read for the next month. Let us know what you think of them, either in the comments below or on twitter @methodsrsc!

 

Reviews

Carbon quantum dots: synthesis, properties, and sensing applications as a potential clinical analytical method

Saipeng Huang, Wenshuai Liu, Pu Hahn, Xin Zhou, Jiewei Cheng, Huiyun Wen and Weiming Xue

Anal. Methods, 2019,11, 2240-2258

DOI: 10.1039/C9AY00068B

 

Methods for the detection of reactive oxygen species

Yinfeng Zhang, Menghong Dai and Zonghui Yuan

Anal. Methods, 2018,10, 4625-4638

DOI: 10.1039/C8AY01339J

 

Communications

Emerging patterns in the global distribution of dissolved organic matter fluorescence

Anal. Methods, 2019,11, 888-893

DOI: 10.1039/C8AY02422G

 

Papers

A methodology for the fast identification and monitoring of microplastics in environmental samples using random decision forest classifiers

Benedikt Hufnagl, Dieter Steiner, Elisabeth Renner, Martin G. J. Lӧder, Christian Laforsch and Hans Lohninger

Anal. Methods, 2019,11, 2277-2285

DOI: 10.1039/C9AY00252A

 

Analytical determination of heroin, fentanyl and fentalogues using high-performance liquid chromatography with diode array and amperometric detection

Hadil M. Elbardisy, Christopher W. Foster, Loanda Cumba, Lysbeth H. Antonides, Nicolas Gilbert, Christopher J. Schofield, Tarek S. Belal, Wael Talaat, Oliver B. Sutcliffe, Hoda G. Daabees and Craig E. Banks

Anal. Methods, 2019,11, 1053-1063

DOI: 10.1039/C9AY00009G

 

Chemical analysis using 3D printed glass microfluidics

Eran Gal-Or, Yaniv Gershoni, Gianmario Scotti, Sofia M. E. Nilsson, Jukka Saarinen, Ville Jokinen, Clare J. Strachan, Gustav Boije af Gennäs, Jari Yli-Kauhaluoma and Tapio Kotiaho

Anal. Methods, 2019,11, 1802-1810

DOI: 10.1039/C8AY01934G

 

Using castor oil to separate microplastics from four different environmental matrices

Thomas Mani, Stefan Frehland, Andreas Kalberer and Patricia Burkhardt-Holm

Anal. Methods, 2019,11, 1788-1794

DOI: 10.1039/C8AY02559B

 

A switch-on fluorophore using water molecules via hydrogen bonding and its application for bio-imaging of formaldehyde in living cells

Yile Wang, Yifan Chen, Yan Huang, Qi Zhang, Yucang Zhang, Jianwei Li and Chunman Jia

Anal. Methods, 2019,11, 2311-2319

DOI: 10.1039/C9AY00281B

 

Technical Briefs

The correlation between regression coefficients: combined significance testing for calibration and quantitation of bias

Analytical Methods Committee

Anal. Methods, 2019,11, 1845-1848

DOI: 10.1039/C9AY90041A

 

Why do we need the uncertainty factor?

Analytical Methods Committee

Anal. Methods, 2019,11, 2105-2107

DOI: 10.1039/C9AY90050K

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Emerging Investigators Series – Meng Liu

We are delighted to introduce our latest Analytical Methods Emerging Investigator, Meng Liu!

Meng Liu obtained a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Dalian University of Technology in 2012. He was a postdoctoral fellow co-supervised by Dr. Yingfu Li and Dr. John Brennan at McMaster University between 2013 and 2017. He is now a Professor in the School of Environmental Science and Technology at the Dalian University of Technology. His research interests include functional DNAs and paper-based analytical devices.

Read Meng’s Emerging Investigator Series paper “Graphene oxide-circular aptamer based colorimetric protein detection on bioactive paper” and find out more about him in the interview below.

 

 

 

 

 

Your recent Emerging Investigator Series paper focuses on graphene oxide-circular aptamer based colorimetric protein detection on bioactive paper. How has your research evolved from your first article to this most recent article?

Previously, we report on the first effort to select circular aptamers for proteins (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 8013). However, a great challenge that remains is how to design a biosensing platform that are highly compatible with this circular aptamer and broadly applicable for wide ranging targets.

 

What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment?

The circular aptamer can help us to improve the specificity of the sensor.

 

In your opinion, what are the key design considerations for developing a graphene oxide-circular aptamer based assay for colorimetric protein detection on bioactive paper?

The sequence of the circular aptamer should be carefully designed.

 

What do you find most challenging about your research?

How to turn data into knowledge and product.

 

How do you spend your spare time?

Reading and sporting.

 

Which profession would you choose if you were not a scientist?

Doctor.

 

Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?

The question mark is the key to any science.

 

If you’d like to read other papers in the Emerging Investigators Series, please visit our website.

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