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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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New JAAS Editorial Chair: A few words with Heidi Goenaga-Infante

The new Chair of JAAS has been announced as Heidi Goeanga-Infante, LGC, London, UK. We recently caught up with Heidi to find out a bit more about her.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role as chair?
I am delighted and feel honoured to be the new chair of JAAS. I am definitely looking forward to working more closely with a fantastic team of RSC editors and colleagues from the JAAS Editorial and Advisory boards.

What are you most looking forward to in your new role as Chair? What are your aims?
Taking up the role of JAAS Chair is a great opportunity to ensure that the journal further builds on its long-standing tradition of publishing innovative research at the forefront of atomic spectrometry. I will have big shoes to fill as the previous Chairs have done a fantastic job but I am willing to learn from their experience and do my very best to take the journal to exciting new areas.

What direction do you see this research field moving in and what do you imagine will be the next big breakthrough?
I envisage that key developments will be driven by needs in life sciences applications with regards to diagnostics and advanced therapeutics. The establishment of multidisciplinary platforms for multiple biomarker quantification and imaging of tissue down to single cells will be invaluable in supporting medical research into the diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases like cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and Wilson’s disease. Also multi-modal approaches developed so far for nanomaterials will be extended to anisotropic materials in more challenging environments and towards applications in nanomedicine.

How do we encourage the next generation of analytical chemists?
I would encourage them to get themselves out there, be proactive in pursuing their dream career, seize new opportunities and last but not least enjoy the journey. Passion and dedication are keys to success.

Whose work do you think is really exciting at the moment?
To mention a group or a few groups in particular will be unfair as I am amazed by the breadth of high quality work in our community. Having said that, I find the advances made in improving sample introduction and instrument calibration for challenging applications of single particle and single cell multi-tag analyses very exciting. This, of course, is nowadays supported by instrumentation developments towards higher sample transport efficiencies, better spatial resolution and speed and, micro-second, quasi-simultaneous multi-element and multi-isotope detection. Also, the increasing use of atomic spectrometry in parallel with techniques such as molecular mass spectrometry and microscopy in the areas of imaging, nanomaterial characterisation and speciation analysis keeps my full attention.

Once again, we’d like to warmly welcome Heidi. We’re looking forward to her term as Chair of the JAAS Editorial Board.

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Community Leaders: Gary Hieftje – themed collection now published

Gary HieftjeThe new themed collection for JAAS titled “Community Leaders: Gary Hieftje” is now published.

This is a collection of papers in celebration of Gary M. Hieftje’s career in analytical atomic spectrometry. Professor Hieftje’s work and impact in the community hardly need any introduction. He has been involved with JAAS in a number of ways (author, referee, guest editor, Editorial and Advisory Board Member) since the journal launched in 1986 and he was the Editorial Board Chair from 2004 – 2006. Gary has contributed over 70 articles to this journal alone and has also served on the Editorial Board of Metallomics.

Guest Edited by Steven J. Ray and Carsten Engelhard. New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.

These papers will be free to read* until 13th Oct, 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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Gordon F. Kirkbright and Edward Steers Bursary Awards, 2021

Thermo-Hilger Award – Call for nominationsThe 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, from 2020, in the position of being 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 2021 Gordon Kirkbright Bursary and the 2021 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@gmail.com

The closing date for entries is 30 November 2020.

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SIMS for biological applications online collection now published

The new themed collection for JAAS titled “SIMS for biological applications” is now published.

This themed collection on SIMS for biological applications, Guest Edited by Professor Dirk Schaumloffel (Universite de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour) highlights the most outstanding work in the area of SIMS, and provides some insight into the newly emerging work in this exciting area of research.

These papers will be free to read* until 31 May, 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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2020 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry Themed Collection

 

We are delighted to announce that once again, JAAS will be publishing an online themed collection from the 2020 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry.

The submission deadline will be 20th March 2020, with the option of having your article published online as soon as it is accepted. The collection will be published online in summer 2020. 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 the Editorial Office (jaas-rsc@rsc.org) 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 collection.

We look forward to reading your next article!

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2020 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry

The 2020 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry will be held in Tucson, Arizona, January 12-18, 2020.

2020 Heritage Lectures include:

Olivier F.X. Donard, IPREM
Gary M. Hieftje, Indiana University
Michael Ketterer, Northern Arizona University
Rob McCrindle, Tshwane University
Richard E. Russo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Scott D. Tanner, Canada

For more information, click here.

JAAS will be sponsoring poster prizes, and Executive Editor Jeanne Andres will be attending. Visit us at booth 47, we hope to see you there!

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Will you be at the 15th Rio Symposium in Mendoza?

Will you be at the 15th Rio Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry, 6-11 October, Mendoza, Argentina?

The aim of the 15th Rio Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry is to bring together experts from universities, academia, official centers, laboratories and industry, to summarize the current progress in different areas of atomic spectrometry and the trends in the applications such as chemical, environmental, geological, biological, food, pharmaceutical and industrial materials and to stimulate contacts and mutual exchange of experiences and ideas.

During the week Rebecca Brodie, JAAS Deputy Editor, will be giving a presentation on ‘How to publish with impact’ on Thursday – 17:00.

JAAS will be also sponsoring four oral prizes, so best of luck!​

 

Rebecca Brodie Rebecca Brodie, Deputy Editor, JAAS, will be attending.

Please feel free to get in touch with me to arrange a meeting:

jaas-rsc@rsc.org

I look forward to meeting you in Mendoza!

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JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship open for nominations

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 £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.) The nominee should also have a level of engagement with the journal JAAS and be a published author in it.

Nominations

Nominations must be received by the Editorial Office by January 31st 2020; 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 (maximum of 2 pages), including achievements and evidence of research independence of the nominee. Please indicate if the nomination is for a series of contributions to the field or a single key piece of high impact work
  • A completed JAAS Emerging Investigator nomination form (please request a form from the office).

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 and a completed nomination form no later than January 31st 2020.

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

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