LGC, London, UK
Heidi’s scientific career of over twenty years of experience on elemental and speciation analysis started with the award of a PhD from Oviedo University, Spain. She joined LGC as senior researcher in speciation analysis in 2003. Currently, she is a Science Fellow of LGC. She is also the Principal Scientist and Team Leader of the Inorganic Analysis team of fourteen PhDs and postgraduate scientists. Her group expertise currently lies in trace element speciation analysis, metallomics research, the characterisation of nanomaterials, high accuracy isotope ratio analysis, quantitative elemental bio-imaging and the characterisation of “speciated” reference materials and standards. Heidi Goenaga-Infante is the UK representative at the Inorganic Analysis Working Group of the CCQM, the international Consultative Committee for Metrology in Chemistry. She is also a member of the international advisory boards of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry and the RSC journal Metallomics and of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, and a member of IUPAC. She is the Government Chemist representative on the Nanomaterials Environment and Health Government Group chaired by DEFRA and the LGC representative at ISO TC 24 (Particle characterisation). She is the EURAMET representative for inorganic analysis at the CCQM Key Comparison Working Group. She has acted as the coordinator of the EU EUROPEAN Metrology Research Proposal (EMRP) NanoChop “Chemical, Optical and Biological characterisation of nanomaterials in biological samples”. She is the leading author of over a 106 scientific research papers and 5 book chapters. Heidi was recently awarded the 2020 Lester W. Strock Award from SAS.
Márcia F. Mesko
Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil
Márcia F. Mesko has a permanent position, since 2009, at Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel), in Brazil, teaching and performing research activities as Associate Professor. She has experience in Analytical Chemistry for the development of methods for sample preparation, ultrasound and microwave technologies, speciation analysis and quality control of food, pharmaceutical and other industrial products using ion chromatography and atomic spectrometry techniques. She was Director of Analytical Chemistry Division of Brazilian Chemical Society. She has presented national and international invited lectures and published more than 100 peer reviewed international papers. She was invited to collaborate in many special issues of scientific journals such as “Young Analytical Scientists Themed Collection” - Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry (2017), “Young Investigators in (Bio-)Analytical Chemistry” - Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (2019), “Brazilian Women in Chemistry – Special Issue” - Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society (2019) and “Female role models in Analytical Chemistry” - Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (2020). She has received several national and international awards, including the "L’Oréal Brazil – For Woman in Science" from L’Oréal, Brazilian Academy of Science and UNESCO 2012, JAAS-2018 Emerging Investigator Lectureship, and the “Periodic Table of Younger Chemists” to represent the element “Bromine” for celebrating 100 years of IUPAC and the International Year of Periodic Table (2019). In 2020, she was elected as a titular member of the National Academy of Pharmacy and as affiliate member of the Brazilian Academy of Science.
Texas Tech University, USA
Gerardo Gamez obtained his B.Sc. at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA, where he performed research with Prof. Dr. Gardea-Torresdey in the area of environmental chemistry pertaining to the use of plant tissues to filter heavy metal contamination from aqueous media. He also obtained his M.Sc. in the Gardea-Torresdey group developing methods to recover noble metals from aqueous media and new processes to produce noble metal nanoparticles. He obtained his PhD in Analytical Chemistry at Indiana University-Bloomington, USA, with Prof. Dr. Hieftje, where he employed laser and optical emission diagnostic techniques in fundamental studies of plasmas used in analytical spectrochemistry. He also received the first Richard Payling Award for his work on the development of GDOES elemental mapping, co-developed a plasma based ambient mass spectrometry (AMS) source, and served as the chair for the Indiana Section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. His postdoctoral work at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, with Prof. Dr. Zenobi, involved developing AMS methods and exploring the possibilities of near-field laser ablation techniques. He then worked as a Scientist in the Laboratory for Mechanics of Materials and Nanostructures at EMPA Thun, Switzerland, where he developed methods and instrumentation in glow discharge spectroscopy, and served as coordinator and manager for GLADNET, an EC FP6 program research-training network. In 2013, he joined the faculty at Texas Tech University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry where his research focuses on developing instrumentation and methods for multi-dimensional analysis, based on plasma OES and AMS, as well as plasma fundamental studies. He was awarded the inaugural Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry Emerging Investigator Lectureship in 2016, and received the 2020 Young Plasma Scientist Award at the Winter Conference for Plasma Spectrochemistry. He has coauthored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications.
University of Plymouth, UK
Steve Hill is Professor of Analytical chemistry at the University of Plymouth where he is also Associate Head of School leading the Chemistry group. He received his PhD from Plymouth Polytechnic in 1985 and went on to work on a NAB funded post-doctoral fellowship at the same institution. In 1989 he joined the academic staff at Plymouth University and was promoted to Professor in 1996. He has been recognized with several awards, most recently in 2016 when he was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry LS Theobald Lectureship. He has published more than 200 scientific papers and books mainly on the development of instrumental techniques, element speciation analysis and soil/ food interactions. He has been a long term member of the Atomic Spectrometry Updates (ASU) reviews and General Editor since 1993.
Bin Hu, Associate Editor
Wuhan University, China
Bin Hu is a professor of Chemistry at Wuhan University. He received his PhD from Wuhan University in 1992 and was a visiting scholar/postdoc research associate at Clemson University during 1996-1997. He is a member of the Advisory/ Editorial Boards of Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, Spectrochimica Acta Part B, Applied Spectroscopy Review, Journal of Chromatography A, International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, and Environmental Pollutants and Bioavailability. He has published over 400 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as 2 books, and several book chapters. His research interests are mainly focused on ICP-MS based strategies for biomedical analysis, hyphenated techniques for elemental speciation, sample pretreatment techniques, metal-containing nanoparticles detection and their biosafety. He received numerous scientific awards including the Natural Science Prize and New Century Excellent Talents from MOE of China, and Natural Science Prize and Outstanding Young Scientist Prize from Hubei Province, China.
Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany
Björn Meermann is head of the Division 1.1 “Inorganic Trace Analysis” at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) in Berlin/Germany.
He received his PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Münster with Prof. Uwe Karst in 2009. Afterwards, he worked for almost two years as a post-doctoral researcher with Prof. Frank Vanhaecke at Ghent University (Belgium). Between 2012 and 2019 he worked within the Department of Aquatic Chemistry at the Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) in Koblenz (Germany) as a junior research group leader (“Habilitand”) in Analytical Chemistry in association with the University of Koblenz/Landau.
His research interests are focused on (i) method development for the analysis of nanoparticles and cells by means of single particle & single cell-ICP-ToF-MS, (ii) method development for speciation analysis of chemical elemental species in environmental samples by means of HPLC, GC and CE on-line with ICP-(SF)MS, (iii) application of stable isotopes for tracing and on-line isotope dilution, (iv) method development for the analysis of non-metals (e.g. fluorine) by means of HR-CS GFMAS.
University of Alicante, Spain
José-Luis Todolí is a full Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Alicante in Spain, head of the Applied Chemical Analysis research group and deputy vice chancellor for Knowledge Transfer.
In 1991 he was graduated in chemistry and he obtained his PhD degree at the University of Alicante in 1994. The same year, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Food Science at the same institution. In 1997, he was awarded with a European Marie Curie Grant and he performed one-year postdoctoral studies at the Université Claude Bernard in Lyon under the supervision of Professor Jean-Michel Mermet. In 2000 he obtained a permanent position as Associate Professor at the University of Alicante and, finally, in march of 2012 he gained the full professor position that he occupies since then.
The goals of his researches have been the development of ICP liquid sample introduction systems; the study of mechanisms of non-spectral interferences in ICP-based techniques and their further correction; the development of calibration strategies; the elemental analysis of petroleum products and biofuels, environmental, clinical and food samples. More recently he has been involved in projects related with laser ablation, development of new chromatographic methodologies and liquid-liquid extraction.
He has coauthored around 120 articles, several books and book chapters together with three patents. With around 300 contributions to international conferences, some of them awarded, he has given close to 40 invited lectures. More recently, in 2018, he was awarded by the Spanish Society of Researchers (dependent on the Spanish Research Council) for his contributions to the field of atomic spectrometry. He has collaborated with companies within the frame of more than 50 private contracts.
Ghent University, Belgium
Frank Vanhaecke received a PhD from Ghent University in 1992. He carried out postdoctoral research at Ghent University and at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. Currently, he is Senior Full Professor in Analytical Chemistry at Ghent University, where he also leads the ‘Atomic & Mass Spectrometry – A&MS’ research group that is specialized in the determination, speciation and isotopic analysis of (ultra)trace elements via ICP-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). His group studies fundamentally-oriented aspects of the technique and develops methods for solving challenging scientific problems in interdisciplinary contexts. Specific topics of research include 2-D and 3-D elemental mapping by means of laser ablation (LA) – ICP-MS, high-precision isotopic analysis using multi-collector ICP-MS and single-event (single-particle and single-cell) ICP-MS. Frank is (co)author of more than 400 papers in peer-reviewed journals. In 2011, he received a ‘European Plasma Spectrochemistry Award’, in 2013, he was designated ‘Fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy – SAS’ and in 2017, he received the ‘Lester Strock Award’ from SAS. Frank has been the chair of the editorial board of JAAS from June 2012 to June 2016 and has returned as a board member in 2020.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory & University of California at Berkeley, USA
Dr Vassilia Zorba is the Group Leader for the Laser Technologies Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA. She is also an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the development of the next-generation of laser tools for advanced sensors and laser-based manufacturing. Her research interests include ultrafast laser-material interactions, non-linear optics, remote sensing, laser-induced plasma chemistry, and laser ablation-based chemical analysis in electrochemical energy storage, with emphasis on next-generation Li-ion batteries. Her work has also focused on femtosecond laser surface structuring technologies and biomimetic material functionalization. Dr. Zorba’s credits include 73 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more than 40 invited, keynote and plenary talks and a 2011 R&D 100 Technology Award.