Young Analytical Scientists – Magdalena Matczuk

Young Analytical Scientists


Magdalena MatczukJAAS is excited to announce Magdalena Matczuk as one of our Young Analytical Scientists.

Magdalena Matczuk was born in Wlodawa (Poland) in 1986 and received her MSc in Chemical Technology from Warsaw University of Technology, Poland (2010). Her current occupation is an Assistant Professor at Chair of Analytical Chemistry (Warsaw University of Technology). She holds a PhD of Chemical Sciences in Biotechnology (2015). In 2016 she was awarded for the best PhD. thesis in the field of mass spectrometry by Committee of Analytical Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2019 she was granted the European Rising Star Award for Plasma Spectrochemistry.
She has co-authored about 30 scientific papers in the field of separation techniques, mass spectrometry and their hyphenations. Her primary research interests concern the application of the abovementioned analytical techniques to investigate the anticancer drugs’ and tumor-targeted nanomaterials’ transportation under physiological conditions.

Read Dr Matczuk’s paper, New solvents for metal extraction – NADES. Prediction and optimization of efficient extraction of selected metals by ICP-MS/MS.


J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2021, Advance Article, DOI:10.1039/D0JA00492H

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JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2021 Recipient

We are delighted to announce Jacob T. Shelley as the recipient of the JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2021. This Lectureship aims to recognise and support an emerging scientist working in the area of atomic spectrometry in the early stages of their independent career.

 

Introducing Jacob T. Shelley, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA:

Jacob (Jake) Shelley, Alan Paul Schulz Career Development Professor of Chemistry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University. He completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University under Gary Hieftje where he studied novel plasma ionization sources for molecular mass spectrometry.  Jake did postdoctoral research with Graham Cooks at Purdue University developing portable mass spectrometers capable of in situ analyses.  After another post-doc at the University of Münster, he became Assistant Professor at Kent State University and later moved to RPI in 2016.

His research interests lie in the development of new hardware and software tools for mass spectrometry, which enable rapid, sensitive detection and identification of analytes in complex matrices.  In addition, his research group uses high-energy plasma-generated species to perform unique gas-phase synthesis.  These research areas converge in studying chemical origins-of-life through the Rensselaer Astrobiology Research and Education (RARE) Center, where he is the Associate Director.

Jake’s recognitions include a Humboldt Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Bunsen-Kirchoff Award (2017), The Analytical Scientist’s Top 40 Under 40 Power List, Spectroscopy’s 2020 Emerging Leader in Atomic Spectroscopy Award, and 2021 EAS Young Investigator Award.  He’s authored 45 journal articles, 4 issued US patents, and given 50+ invited presentations worldwide.

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ABS Trust: Gordon F. Kirkbright and Edward Steers Bursary Awards, 2022

The Gordon F. Kirkbright bursary award is a prestigious annual award that assists a promising early career 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.

Owing to the generosity of one of our former trustees, an eminent atomic spectroscopist, Professor Edward B.M. Steers, we are now able to award an annual Edward Steers bursary, in addition to the long standing Gordon Kirkbright bursary, to similarly assist a promising early scientist engaged in or utilising analytical spectroscopic techniques.

The ABS Trust defines early career as being either a student, or an employee in a non-tenured academic post or in industry, within 7 years of award of PhD excluding career breaks. The same conditions apply to each bursary.

Applications are invited for both the 2022 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary and the 2022 Edward Steers Bursary.  Although both funds are administered by the ABS Trust, the Kirkbright award is not restricted to spectroscopists, but is open to all involved with or utilising analytical science-based techniques.

Application Forms can be downloaded via:

http://www.abstrust.org/kirkbright-and-steers-bursary-awards

or for further information visit:

http://www.abstrust.org/ or contact abstrustuk.kirkbright@gmail.com

The closing date for entries is 30 November 2021.

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Young Analytical Scientists – Milica Velimirovic

Young Analytical Scientists


JAAS is excited to introduce Milica Velimirovic as one of our Young Analytical Scientists.

Milica Velimirovic obtained a PhD degree in Applied biological science in 2013 from the University of Antwerp. Between 2013 and 2018 she held a post-doctoral position at University of Vienna (Austria) where her work focused on the development of field flow fractionation hyphenated to ICP-MS to support the implementation of the EC recommendation on nanomaterials. Since 2019, she is a senior postdoctoral fellow (FWO) at the Ghent University, “Atomic & Mass Spectrometry – A&MS” research group (Belgium). Her main research interests concern the development of new mass spectrometry analytical methods to access and predict the health and environmental risks of nanomaterials.

Read Dr Velimirovic’s review Mass spectrometry as a powerful analytical tool for the characterization of indoor airborne microplastics and nanoplastics.


Biographies of the other authors that contributed to this review can be found below.

Kristof Tirez

Kristof Tirez obtained his MSc degree in Chemistry (1994), MSc in Environmental Sanitation (1995) and PhD in Analytical Chemistry (2013) at Ghent University. Since 1997, Kristof works as a researcher and project leader in the inorganic analytical department of Vito. His main experience and research interests are situated in the determination, fractionation and speciation of elements in a variety of matrices. He acts as a science – policy bridge person and analytical expert for different Flemish public agencies dealing with environmental regulatory monitoring.

 

Sandra Verstraelen

Biomolecular expert, she studied biomedical sciences at the University of Antwerp and obtained her PhD in 2010 from the University of Ghent. She is air-liquid interface project leader coordinating strategic and contract research in this field, expert in vitro assay development and validation using human cell models and molecular technologies, safety testing of chemicals/nanomaterials.

 

Sylvie Remy

Molecular epidemiologist, she obtained her PhD degree in biomedical sciences at the University of Antwerp in 2015. She works as a researcher at VITO assessing the health impact of environmental exposures.

 

Evelien Frijns

Aerosol expert, she received her Master degree in Physical Geography in 2002 from the University of Amsterdam. From 2002 till 2007 she worked as environmental consultant specialized in soil contamination and remediation. Since 2007 she is an aerosol research scientist at VITO and developed expertise in the field of (ufp/nano)aerosol exposure assessment. The current research activities address questions in the area of exposure assessment to airborne ultrafine and nanoparticles in urban, indoor and occupational settings and optimizing methods for generation and characterization of (nano)particles, vapors and gasses for air-liquid interface studies.

 

Gudrun Koppen

Gudrun Koppen is an Engineer in Chemistry and Agricultural Sciences (University of Ghent, Belgium, 1992). She has completed a post-university degree in Environmental Sanitation (partly in Bochum-Germany, 1993). She worked one year as researcher on aerosols at the Institute of Nuclear Research of the University of Ghent (1994).  In 1999, she completed a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences at the Free University of Brussels (Belgium). Since 1999 she works at VITO (Belgium), in the unit Health. She has more than 20 year experience in molecular epidemiology, and biomarker development in the areas of genotoxicity, inflammation and oxidative stress.

 

Anna Rotander

With a PhD from Örebro University in 2011 focused on halogenated substances in Arctic marine mammals, and a 2-year postdoc at the University of Queensland, Australia, studying occupational exposure to highly fluorinated chemicals, Anna has a broad background in the field of mass spectrometry and environmental contaminants. Since 2016 she has dedicated her research to microplastics and carried out several projects aimed at increasing the knowledge of their occurrence, sources, and environmental distribution.

 

Eduardo Bolea-Fernandez

Eduardo Bolea Fernández carried out PhD research at Ghent University, Belgium, and obtained his PhD degree in 2017. His PhD research focused on method development for ultra-trace elemental and isotopic analysis using tandem ICP-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS/MS), a topic carried out in the “Atomic & Mass Spectrometry – A&MS“ research unit. In 2017, he got a postdoctoral research grant (BOF-UGent) focusing on high-precision isotopic analysis of mercury using multi-collector ICP-mass spectrometry for unravelling its biogeochemical cycle. In 2019, he started a new postdoctoral research grant (FWO) based on the development of new analytical methods and their application to metallomics and nanotechnology.

 

Frank Vanhaecke

Frank Vanhaecke is Senior Full Professor at the Department of Analytical Chemistry of Ghent University (Belgium), where he leads the “Atomic & Mass Spectrometry–A&MS“ research group.  His  research  group focuses on the determination, speciation and isotopic analysis of (trace) elements using ICP-mass  spectrometry  (ICP-MS). The A&MS group studies fundamentally-oriented aspects of the technique and develops methods for solving challenging scientific problems in an interdisciplinary context. Frank is (co)author of ~350 journal papers. He was the chairman of the editorial board of JAAS from June 2012–June 2016 and is now member of its International Advisory Board.

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Young Analytical Scientists – David Clases

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JAAS is excited to announce David Clases as one of our Young Analytical Scientists.

David Clases was born in Paderborn (Germany) in 1989 and developed a passion for the natural sciences in his childhood which stimulated his career of scientific enquiry. After graduating from secondary school in the small town of Neuenheerse in 2009, he commenced his study of Chemistry at the University of Münster (Germany), where he obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in 2012 and 2014. Intrigued by Analytical Chemistry as an interdisciplinary science operating at the interface of various fields including medicine, nanotechnology, life- and environmental sciences, he began his PhD studies at the University of Münster under the supervision of Prof. Uwe Karst, and was supported by the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI). As part of a committed and dynamic group, he attained expertise in the application of hyphenated technologies based on inductively coupled plasma – mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and high-resolution molecular MS. During his studies he was supported by the German Academic Exchange Service to visit the working group of Prof. Philip Doble at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia, and returned upon the completion of his PhD program in 2017. At UTS, he became a postdoctoral fellow of the German Research Foundation and worked as part of an interdisciplinary team in a vibrant research environment. He has developed an independent research program featuring novel approaches and methods for the characterisation of elemental and proteomic bioindicators and is interested in the analysis of trace elements and emerging nanomaterials in biological and environmental systems. He is a core member of the Atomic Medicine Initiative and, since 2020, employed as a Lecturer of Analytical Chemistry.

Read Dr Clases’s paper, Determination of gadolinium MRI contrast agents in fresh and oceanic waters of Australia employing micro-solid phase extraction, HILIC-ICP-MS and bandpass mass filtering.


J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2021, Advance Article

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In memory of Akbar Montaser

We were informed of the sad news of the death of Professor Akbar Montaser. He was a prominent member of the plasma spectroscopy community and passed away recently after a long illness.

Akbar Montaser got his basic scientific education in the Pahlevi University of Shiraz, Iran in 1969, then moved to Michigan State University for a PhD in chemistry in 1974, followed by a postdoctoral stay in Ames National Laboratories and Iowa State University. He became Professor at George Washington University in Washington DC where he retired after 32 years in 2012.

Professor Akbar Montaser

Professor Akbar Montaser

Professor Montaser made significant contributions on various methods and tools in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Some of his most important contributions in the field concern sample introduction nebulization techniques and inductively coupled plasma ionization away from the conventional argon ICP source. Many of his papers on these subjects appeared in JAAS. He will be most vividly remembered for his role as writer and editor of a seminal handbook on the methodology. This 1000+ pages bestselling comprehensive handbook appeared in 1998 and is now, considering the fast evolution of the methodology, largely outdated. It remains, however, on the bookshelf of many users as a quick and still reliable source of information.

During the years after his retirement from GWU, Professor Montaser started the task of updating his book. Unfortunately, growing health concerns delayed this undertaking and he finally died before he could end the first volume of what he intended to become a trilogy on the subject as it is today.

Anyone who corresponded with Akbar Montaser will remember that he used to end his correspondence with a quote from the famous Persian poet and Soefi philosopher Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273). The following quote of Rumi fits well with Akbar’s passing away. “Death has nothing to do with going away. The sun sets and the moon sets, but they’re not gone. Death is a coming together”. This is a quote that is open-ended in its meaning and interpretation. We see it here as an open invitation to anyone to pick up the thread of Akbar’s intention for his new book and bring it to successful completion as a worthy sequel of his Magnum Opus of 1998.

The picture shows Professor Akbar Montaser during what may have been his last meeting with his scientific peers and colleagues at the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, February 2019 in Pau, France.

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Young Analytical Scientists – Rui Liu

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JAAS is excited to announce Rui Liu as the latest author of one of our Young Analytical Scientist authors.

Rui Liu is an associate professor of analytical chemistry in Sichuan University. He received his B. S. and Ph. D. degree from Sichuan University in 2004 and 2012, respectively. During the graduate study, he worked as a visiting scholar in National Research Council Canada in 2010-2011. As a postdoctoral researcher, he worked in the Department of Chemistry in Tsinghua University in 2013-2016. He joined the faculty of the College of Chemistry in Sichuan University in 2016. His current research interests are inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry-based immunoassay and its applications in clinical diagnosis.

Read Dr Liu’s paper on single nanoparticle analysis for homogeneous immunoassay of CA19-9 for serological evaluation


J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2021, 36, 279-284

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JAAS Desktop Seminar featuring Vassilia Zorba and George Donati

 

The Royal Society of Chemistry is delighted to announce our inaugural free, online-only RSC Desktop Seminar Lectureship Series, featuring virtual talks by our recent journal lectureship winners. Each session will include an introductory talk by a journal board member as well as the lectureship winner. The RSC Desktop Seminar Lectureship Series is an effort to not only replace in-person research seminars during the current pandemic situation but to also expand access for researchers around the world looking to connect to some of the leading minds in the chemical sciences.

This webinar will allow researchers to hear from the JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2020 winner.

JAAS desktop seminar: Register now!

18th February 2021; 10am US (EST); 3pm GMT

 

Speakers

 

Programme

10:00 EST    Introduction

10:05 EST    Ultrafast laser filaments for remote sensing of isotopes in solids – Vassilia Zorba

10:25 EST    Questions

10:30 EST    Multi-signal methods: a different perspective on calibration – George Donati

11:10 EST    Questions

11:25 EST    Closing remarks

 

Featuring:

 

Dr Vassilia Zorba

Dr Vassilia Zorba is the Group Leader for the Laser Technologies Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA. She is also an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the development of the next-generation of laser tools for advanced sensors and laser-based manufacturing. Her research interests include ultrafast laser-material interactions, non-linear optics, remote sensing, laser-induced plasma chemistry, and laser ablation-based chemical analysis in electrochemical energy storage, with emphasis on next-generation Li-ion batteries. Her work has also focused on femtosecond laser surface structuring technologies and biomimetic material functionalization.

Scientific talk: “Ultrafast laser filaments for remote sensing of isotopes in solids”

 

Dr George Donati

George L. Donati obtained his M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar, Brazil, 2004), and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Wake Forest University (WFU, USA, 2010), where he received The American Institute of Chemists’ Outstanding Graduate Student Award. During his postdoctoral fellowship at UFSCar, George contributed to the development of the interference standard method (IFS). He is currently an Associate Research Professor at the Department of Chemistry of Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, NC, where he developed the methods of multi-energy calibration (MEC), multi-isotope calibration (MICal), multispecies calibration (MSC) and multi-flow calibration (MFC), and contributed to developing the standard dilution analysis method (SDA). His research at WFU focus on the development of portable instrumentation and novel calibration methods for spectrochemical analysis, as well as the use of atomic spectrometry and advanced statistical tools to diagnose and understand diseases.

Scientific talk: “Multi-signal methods: a different perspective on calibration”

 

We hope that you can join us for this exciting event.

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21st National Conference on Molecular Spectroscopy poster prizes awarded

The 21st National Conference on Molecular Spectroscopy was held Oct 30-Nov 2, 2020, at Sichuan University, China.

Our journal, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry (JAAS) was happy to award four poster awards at the conference, with prizes including a £100 RSC book e-voucher and a certificate.

Congratulations to the winners!

Aihua Gao, Northwest University

Aihua Gao, School of Physics, Northwest University
Title: Spectral analysis during the Dye Wastewater Safranine T Degradation by Atmospheric Glow Discharge

 

Lihua Wang, Shimadzu

Lihua Wang, Shimadzu CO. LTD
Title: Qualitative and quantitative analysis of plastic beads in personal care products

Zili Huang, Sichuan University

Zili Huang, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University
Title: Single Particle ICP-MS Based Combined-Biomarkers Strategy for Pancreatic Cancer Prognosis

Ziyan Li, Sichuan University

Ziyan Li, Analytical & Testing Center, Sichuan University
Title: Mass Spectrometric Assay of Alpha-Fetoprotein Isoforms for Accurate Serological Evaluation

 

 

 

 

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2020 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry collection now published

The online themed collection from the 2020 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry is now published!

This online collection of papers from this year’s meeting, Guest Edited by Professor Ramon Barnes highlights work presented in Tucson.

These papers will be free to read* until 31 October, 2020.

We hope you enjoy the collection!

Why not submit your high impact research to JAAS today.

*Access is free through an RSC account (free to register)

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