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September 2022

Martin, Nan and Camilla defended successfully their PhD research and passed their Vivas at the University of Aberdeen. Martin’s research area was mercury and its interactions with organic solvents, arsenic and arsenic speciation were the subjects of Nan’s and Camilla’s research. Congratulations to all three of them.

August 2022

TESLA in the news


In some rice samples from America, an unusual arsenic compound was identified: the dimethylarsonyldimethylarsinic acid, one of the few known compounds containing several arsenic atoms per molecule.

June 2022

Tesla group outing: climbing some via ferratas in the Carinthian Alps.

Raquel got the prize for best presentation at the CSI (Spain). Congratulations, Raquel!


Bassam’s paper has been published in Analytical Chemistry about the “magic mobile phase of 1,2-hexanediol” which gives a lot of eluting power so that no platinum cones for ICPMS are necessary, but at the same time a good separation by reversed-phase-LC is possible.

May 2022


Global warming and more precipitation increase the mobility of arsenic from soil into the groundwater and into the atmosphere.

Viktoria’s publication, a microcosm study which looks at methylation and thiolation of arsenic in Swiss soil is online available at STOTEN, a collaboration with Adrien Mestrot at University of Bern. The paper was in the top ten of all STOTEN downloads in the first week.

Congratulation Viktoria.

TESLA in the news again, unforeseen climate change effect on the mobility of toxic compounds in soils



April 2022

At the UK Archaeological Science conference 20-22 April 2022 in Aberdeen, Scotland, Dr Magdalena Blanz and colleagues won the  Runnerup Poster Prize for early career researchers.

The poster, titled "Ratios of strontium and barium to calcium as complementary palaeodietary indicators of seaweed consumption", it describes research done by Magdalena and colleagues during her doctoral studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland. This research is published now in the Journal of Archaeological Science: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2022.105551 

Raquel Gonzalez de Vega won the travel award from the University for a visit to Stockholm to study PFASs analysis there.


March 2022


A study in livers of birds of prey which have been found in Scotland in the last 10 years and on which post-mortem studies have been carried out showed that the mercury pollution of the birds has to do with maritime influence on their diet.

Farewell party

due to the retirement of Ms. Angela List and Ms. Mag. Maja Surnev on March 17th, 2022 at the Analytical Chemistry.

Good luck, health and relaxation!

Februar 2022


A new paper about arsenic speciation in wild and farmed shrimps from Brazil was published by Wladiana from her research stay at TESLA.


Group outing:

A weekend skiing trip from the keen TESLA ski enthusiasts to Klippitztörl. Something for the experts and the beginners....

January 2022


Magdalena has published a new paper about the identification of feed in archaeological finding by determining the trace elements in teeth. She is in particular interested in seaweed use in Neolithic times. This is a collaboration with the archaeological sciences at the University of Highlands and Islands and University of Glasgow in Scotland. The paper has been published in Journal of Archaeological Sciences.

TESLA team effort in measuring inorganic arsenic in rice and influencing food policy at EU and global level received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2021 (Soil science Uni Aberdeen received the highest Honour awarded to UK higher and further eduction).  https://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/15582/  and in particular: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/stories/influencing-food-policy/index.html


Poster prize for Viktoria Mueller. Viktoria presented a work how climate change has an influence on arsenic mobility in soil at the 2022 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry in Tucson, Arizona (17-22 Jan). This work is a collaboration with Prof. Adrien Mestrot at University of Bern, Switzerland. Congratulations, well deserved.

Jörg gave a keynote lecture on PFAS analytics at the same event. David's presentation "Characterization of Nano and Micrometre-scaled Structures in the Environment via Single Particle ICP-MS" dealt with new softwaretools and methods for allow the detection and calibration of nanomaterials in urban environments and the application of these for microplastic particles.

December 2021


"Impact of soil-type, soil-pH, and soil-metal (loids) on grain-As and Cd accumulation in Malawian rice grown in three regions of Malawi." A Study about the impact of soil conditions on arsenic and cadmium concentrations in rice.

September 2021

TESLA in the News

Whale Strandings


Development of Mercury Analysis by NanoSIMS for the Localization of Mercury–Selenium Particles in Whale Liver. Maria Angels Subirana, Lhiam Paton, James Hall, Andrew Brownlow, Eva M. Krupp, Jörg Feldmann, and Dirk Schaumlöffel. Analytical Chemistry Article ASAP

July 2021

TESLA in the News

Reisanbau: Mit Eisen gegen Arsen | agrarwelt.com

Arsen und Babyhäubchen | myScience / news / Aktualitäten 2021

Arsenic and Baby Bonnets - Institute of Chemistry (uni-graz.at)

Chemiker senken Arsenkonzentration im Reisanbau | Tierwelt

Uni-Graz-Chemiker senken Giftstoff in Kindernahrung in 5 Minuten - Nachrichten & Aktuelles

Chemiker senken Arsenkonzentration im Reisanbau - PilatusToday

June 2021


How zerovalent iron amendments can reduce the accumulation of toxic elements such as cadmium and arsenic into Malawian rice

May 2021


In "Metal Flux from Dissolution of Iron Oxide Grain Coatings in Sandstones" the local element distribution in "Red Sandstone" and the enrichment of specific metals depending on geological age are reported.


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