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.
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.
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.
TESLA in the news again, unforeseen climate change effect on the mobility of toxic compounds in soils
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.
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.
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!
A weekend skiing trip from the keen TESLA ski enthusiasts to Klippitztörl. Something for the experts and the beginners....
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.
"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.
TESLA in the News
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
TESLA in the News
How zerovalent iron amendments can reduce the accumulation of toxic elements such as cadmium and arsenic into Malawian rice
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.