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HOT articles in JAAS

Take a look at our recent HOT JAAS articles, these are now free to access for the next few weeks!

Speciation Analysis of Antimony in Water Samples via Combined Nano-Sized TiO2 Colloid Preconcentration and AFS Analysis
Xingwen Wang,   Xuankun Li,   Xu Zhanga and   Shahua Qian
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 1944-1948
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00147H
Graphical Abstract

Laser ablation of an indium target: time-resolved Fourier-transform infrared spectra of In I in the 700–7700 cm−1 range
S. Civiš, P. Kubelík, M. Ferus, V. E. Chernov, E. M. Zanozina and L. Juha
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00123K

Laser-Ablation Sampling for Inductively Coupled Plasma Distance-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry
Alexander Gundlach-Graham, Elise A. Dennis, Steven J. Ray, Christie G. Enke, Charles J. Barinaga, David W. Koppenaal and Gary M. Hieftje
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00231H

Characterization of laser ablation sample introduction plasma plumes in fs-LA-ICP-MS
N. L. LaHaye, S. S. Harilal, P. K. Diwakar and A. Hassanein
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00200H

Determination of Total Uranium and Uranium Isotope Ratios in Human Urine by ICP-MS: Results of an Interlaboratory Study
John G. Arnason, Christine N. Pellegri and Patrick J. Parsons
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00235K
Graphical Abstract
Traceable Assigned Values in External Quality Assessment Schemes Compared to Those Obtained by Alternative Procedure: A Case Study for Cu, Se and Zn in Serum
Marina Patriarca, Cas Weykamp, Josiane Arnaud, Robert L. Jones, Patrick J. Parsons and Andrew Taylor
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00260A

Oxygen-18 stable isotope of exhaled breath CO2 as a non-invasive marker of Helicobacter pylori infection
Abhijit Maity, Suman Som, Chiranjit Ghosh, Gourab Dutta Banik, Sunil B. Daschakraborty, Shibendu Ghosh, Sujit Chaudhuri and Manik Pradhan
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00280F

Development of a fast laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry cell for sub-µm scanning of layered materials
Stijn J. M. Van Malderen, Johannes T. van Elteren and Frank Vanhaecke
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00137K

High-precision measurements of tungsten stable isotopes and application to Earth Sciences
Thomas Breton and Ghylaine Quitté
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00184B
Graphical Abstract

Elemental recoveries for metal oxide nanoparticles analysed by direct injection ICP-MS: influence of particle size, agglomeration state and sample matrix
Sylvie Motellier, Arnaud Guiot, Samuel Legros and Brice Fiorentino
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00213J

Exploration of a 3D Nano-channel Porous Membrane Material Combined with Laser-induced Breakdown Spectrometry for Fast and Sensitive Heavy Metal Detection of Solution Samples
Qi Shi, Guanghui Niu, Qingyu Lin, Xu Wang, Jie Wang, Fang Bian and Yixiang Duan
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00220B

Direct element analysis of honeys by atmospheric pressure glow discharge generated in contact with flowing liquid cathode
Krzysztof Greda, Piotr Jamroz, Anna Dzimitrowicz and Pawel Pohl
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00261J

Excitation of higher levels of singly charged copper ions in argon and neon glow discharges
Zdeněk Weiss, Edward B. M. Steers, Juliet C. Pickering, Volker Hoffmann and Sohail Mushtaq
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00309H

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Top ten most accessed JAAS articles from April to June 2014

During the months April – June 2014, the most downloaded JAAS articles were:

Atomic spectrometry updates: Review of advances in atomic spectrometry and related techniques
E. Hywel Evans, Jorge Pisonero, Clare M. M. Smith and Rex N. Taylor
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 773-794
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA90019G

2013 Atomic spectrometry update—A review of advances in environmental analysis
Owen T. Butler, Warren R. L. Cairns, Jennifer M. Cook and Christine M. Davidson
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 17-50
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA90068A

Atomic spectrometry update. Review of advances in the analysis of metals, chemicals and materials
Simon Carter, Andy S. Fisher, Michael W. Hinds, Steve Lancaster and John Marshall
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2013, 28, 1814-1869
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA90051G

Atomic spectrometry update: Review of advances in the analysis of clinical and biological materials, foods and beverages
Andrew Taylor, Martin P. Day, Sarah Hill, John Marshall, Marina Patriarca and Mark White
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 386-426
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA90001D

Synchrotron-based chemical imaging reveals plumage patterns in a 150 million year old early bird
Phillip. L. Manning, Nicholas P. Edwards, Roy A. Wogelius, Uwe Bergmann, Holly E. Barden, Peter L. Larson, Daniela Schwarz-Wings, Victoria M. Egerton, Dimosthenis Sokaras, Roberto A. Mori and William I. Sellers
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2013, 28, 1024-1030
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA50077B

Effect of dwell time on single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry data acquisition quality
Aaron Hineman and Chady Stephan
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 1252-1257
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00097H

Atomic spectrometry updates. Review of advances in elemental speciation
Robert Clough, Chris F. Harrington, Steve J. Hill, Yolanda Madrid and Julian F. Tyson
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 1158-1196
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA90029D

2013 Atomic spectrometry update—A review of advances in X-ray fluorescence spectrometry
Margaret West, Andrew T. Ellis, Philip J. Potts, Christina Streli, Christine Vanhoof, Dariusz Wegrzynek and Peter Wobrauschek
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2013, 28, 1544-1590
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA90046K

Silver nanoparticle characterization using single particle ICP-MS (SP-ICP-MS) and asymmetrical flow field flow fractionation ICP-MS (AF4-ICP-MS)
Denise M. Mitrano, Angela Barber, Anthony Bednar, Paul Westerhoff, Christopher P. Higgins and James F. Ranville
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1131-1142
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA30021D

What happens when n = 1000? Creating large- n geochronological datasets with LA-ICP-MS for geologic investigations
Alex Pullen, Mauricio Ibáñez-Mejía, George E. Gehrels, Juan C. Ibáñez-Mejía and Mark Pecha
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 971-980
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00024B

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Hair elements distinguish ethnicity and gender

A new forensic tool, being developed by scientists in Canada, uses a combination of spectroscopy and statistical analysis to determine a person’s gender and ethnicity from a thread of head hair.

Trace evidence, like hair, can help determine who was at a crime scene © Shutterstock

Trace evidence, like hair, can help determine who was at a crime scene © Shutterstock

Evidence left at the scene of a crime can be in many different forms including fingerprints, blood, fibres, paint chips and hair. It is the role of forensic scientists to analyse this evidence, which is often only present in very small amounts, to help find the culprits. In previous research, blood has been used to identify gender and ethnicity, but a problem with this is that blood can deteriorate quickly and can easily be destroyed or contaminated.

To read the full article, visit Chemistry World.

Original article can be read below:

Ethnic background and gender identification using electrothermal vaporization coupled to inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry for forensic analysis of human hair
Lily Huang and Diane Beauchemin
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 1228-1232
DOI: 10.1039/C4JA00071D

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2014 Lester W. Strock Award for JAAS Editorial Board member Steven J. Ray

The Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) and the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) have announced that JAAS Editorial Board member Dr. Steven J. Ray, from Indiana University, has been selected as the recipient of the New England Section of the SAS’s 2014 Lester W. Strock Award “in recognition of the paper published in the 2011 Journal of the American Society of Mass Spectrometry” entitled “First Distance-of-Flight Instrument: Opening a New Paradigm in Mass Spectrometry”

This award has been established by the New England Section and is given annually to an author 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.

Dr. Ray will present the Strock Award Plenary at the SAS National Meeting Sept 30, 2014 at the SciX 2014 Conference Reno, NV

Congratulations, Steve!

Dr. Steven J. Ray

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Exhaled isotopes give hope to spotting sepsis early

Measuring 13C isotope levels in the breath of paediatric patients could save lives by giving an early indication of sepsis.

More than 30,000 cases of severe sepsis are estimated to occur in the UK every year. But Daniel Bütz and co-workers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US, are seeking to fight these figures.

As for many conditions, early identification increases survival rate – however, this is not easy. Existing methods to check for sepsis either lack the sensitivity needed for early detection or are both expensive and invasive.

To read the full article, please go to Chemistry World.

Changes in breath carbon isotope composition as a potential biomarker of inflammatory acute phase response in mechanically ventilated pediatric patients
Juan P. Boriosi, Dennis G. Maki, Rhonda A. Yngsdal-Krenz, Ellen R. Wald, Warren P. Porter, Mark E. Cook and Daniel E. Bütz
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA50331C, Paper

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2015 European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry

Those of you who attended the Closing Ceremony of the recent 2013 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry in Krakow, will have heard that the RSC was planning to host the 2015 European Winter Conference in Glasgow, with Professor Joerg Feldmann from University of Aberdeen as Chair.

You may also have seen that nominations to host the conference in 2015 are now open again, and you could be wondering why this is.

We are sad to say that our submitted bid was not felt to be suitable by the Continuation Committee, and so we have respectfully acknowledged their decision. However we would like to take this opportunity to assure you that we did not withdraw our support, and that it has always been our intention to act in support of the community and in accordance with your wishes.

We became involved in the bidding process because after the Zaragoza conference, we were approached by members of the community who asked if the RSC would be willing to consider supporting a bid to bring the conference back to the UK after 20 years. Following careful consideration of the Conference Constitution, we consulted with the Chair of the Krakow conference to ask whether our involvement as a society would be possible. No concerns were raised with us that were not addressed in our bid and in discussions with the Committee, prior to the awarding of the bid to Glasgow.

After this initial agreement made in Krakow, the Committee still had serious concerns regarding aspects of the bid, including the level of the involvement of the RSC, such that they do not believe it to be in the best interest of the community for us bring the Winter Conference back to the UK in 2015.

The RSC has a long history of involvement with the atomic spectrometry community and the Winter Conferences.  Our intention with the Glasgow bid was and will continue to be, to support the community in whatever way we can. It goes without saying that we look forward to working with and supporting you in the future.

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JAAS Poster Prize: 2012 Asia-Pacific Winter Conference

We are pleased to announce that the JAAS Poster Prize from the recent 2012 Asia-Pacific Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, Jeju, Korea has been awarded to Ms. Hae-Jin Jung from Inha University Korea.

Ms Jung’s Poster was on the topic “Single particle analysis by the combined use of quantitative ED-EPMA, Raman microspectrometry, and ATR-FT-IR imaging techniques”.

Congratulations Hae-Jin! Jeju typhoon

 

For those who attended the conference, we hope that you managed to make it home safely! 

Don’t forget to submit your article to the JAAS themed issue which will include articles presented at the conference. The submission deadline for this is 1st October, and articles can be submitted through the journal website, www.rsc.org/jaas.

 
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Top Ten most-read JAAS articles in June

This month sees the following articles in JAAS that are in the top ten most accessed in June:

Considerations for measurement of individual nanoparticles or microparticles by ICP-MS: determination of the number of particles and the analyte mass in each particle  
John W. Olesik and Patrick J. Gray  
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1143-1155 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA30073G 

SIMS imaging of the nanoworld: applications in science and technology 
Mathias Senoner and Wolfgang E. S. Unger  
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1050-1068 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA30015J 

A snapshot of atomic and elemental analysis on the nanoscale 
May Copsey and Vibhuti Patel  
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1049-1049 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA90038F 

Silver nanoparticle characterization using single particle ICP-MS (SP-ICP-MS) and asymmetrical flow field flow fractionation ICP-MS (AF4-ICP-MS)  
Denise M. Mitrano, Angela Barber, Anthony Bednar, Paul Westerhoff, Christopher P. Higgins and James F. Ranville 
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1131-1142 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA30021D 

Atomic spectrometry update. Advances in atomic spectrometry and related techniques 
E. Hywel Evans, Christopher D. Palmer and Clare M. M. Smith  
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 909-927 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA90022J

Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS): a Personal Odyssey III  
Henry P. Longerich  
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1181-1184 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA90023H 

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for analysis of micro and nanoparticles 
Prasoon K. Diwakar, Kristofer H. Loper, Anna-Maria Matiaske and David. W. Hahn 
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1110-1119 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA30012E

Critical aspects of sample handling for direct nanoparticle analysis and analytical challenges using asymmetric field flow fractionation in a multi-detector approach  
A. Ulrich, S. Losert, N. Bendixen, A. Al-Kattan, H. Hagendorfer, B. Nowack, C. Adlhart, J. Ebert, M. Lattuada and K. Hungerbühler 
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1120-1130 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA30024A 

Improved sample preparation and quality control for the characterisation of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in sunscreens using flow field flow fractionation on-line with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
Volker Nischwitz and Heidi Goenaga-Infante  
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1084-1092 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA10387G 

Single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry: evaluation of three different pneumatic and piezo-based sample introduction systems for the characterization of silver nanoparticles 
Bastian Franze, Ingo Strenge and Carsten Engelhard 
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1074-1083 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA00003B 

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Top Ten most-read JAAS articles in May

This month sees the following articles in JAAS that are in the top ten most accessed in May:

Silver nanoparticle characterization using single particle ICP-MS (SP-ICP-MS) and asymmetrical flow field flow fractionation ICP-MS (AF4-ICP-MS) 
Denise M. Mitrano, Angela Barber, Anthony Bednar, Paul Westerhoff, Christopher P. Higgins and James F. Ranville  
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1131-1142 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA30021D 

Atomic spectrometry update. Advances in atomic spectrometry and related techniques 
E. Hywel Evans, Christopher D. Palmer and Clare M. M. Smith  
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 909-927 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA90022J 

Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS): a Personal Odyssey III 
Henry P. Longerich 
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, Advance Article 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA90023H 

Critical aspects of sample handling for direct nanoparticle analysis and analytical challenges using asymmetric field flow fractionation in a multi-detector approach 
A. Ulrich, S. Losert, N. Bendixen, A. Al-Kattan, H. Hagendorfer, B. Nowack, C. Adlhart, J. Ebert, M. Lattuada and K. Hungerbühler  
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1120-1130 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA30024A 

Atomic spectrometry update-X-ray fluorescence spectrometry 
Margaret West, Andrew T. Ellis, Philip J. Potts, Christina Streli, Christine Vanhoof, Dariusz Wegrzynek and Peter Wobrauschek  
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2011, 26, 1919-1963 
DOI: 10.1039/C1JA90038B 

Rapid bulk analysis using femtosecond laser ablation inductively coupled plasma time-of-flight mass spectrometry 
Jhanis J. González, Dayana D. Oropeza, Henry Longerich, Xianglei Mao and Richard E. Russo  
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, Advance Article 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA10368K 

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for analysis of micro and nanoparticles 
Prasoon K. Diwakar, Kristofer H. Loper, Anna-Maria Matiaske and David. W. Hahn  
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1110-1119 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA30012E 

Overcoming challenges in analysis of polydisperse metal-containing nanoparticles by single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry 
Robert B. Reed, Christopher P. Higgins, Paul Westerhoff, Soheyl Tadjiki and James F. Ranville  
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1093-1100 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA30061C 

Improved sample preparation and quality control for the characterisation of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in sunscreens using flow field flow fractionation on-line with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry 
Volker Nischwitz and Heidi Goenaga-Infante  
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1084-1092 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA10387G 

Single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry: evaluation of three different pneumatic and piezo-based sample introduction systems for the characterization of silver nanoparticles 
Bastian Franze, Ingo Strenge and Carsten Engelhard  
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2012, 27, 1074-1083 
DOI: 10.1039/C2JA00003B 

Why not take a look at the articles today and blog your thoughts and comments below.

Fancy submitting an article to JAAS?  Then why not submit to us today!

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Tomas Hirschfeld and FACSS Student Award Submission Deadline Nearing

The submission deadline for the Tomas Hirschfeld Award and FACSS Student Award is May 15, 2012.  Both awards recognize excellent graduate students based upon the entirety of their research as they progress towards their degree, and multiple recipients for each award are possible.
In order to be considered for either award, graduate students must submit an abstract to the SciX conference (http://www.scixconference.org) and note their intention to be considered for the award on the abstract submission webpage.  The applicant must then assemble a dossier and forward required information to the FACSS office.  More information is available at: http://www.scixconference.org/index.php/awards/facss-2012-student-award-and-tomas-a-hirschfeld-award
Please contact the FACSS office with any questions (FACSS@FACSS.ORG). Remember, application packets must be postmarked (or emailed) no later than May 15.
Dr. Steven J. Ray
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