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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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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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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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