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As the only authoritative monthly journal of its type, the ICP Information Newsletter is read in more than 40 countries by scientists actively applying or planning to use the ICP or other types of plasma spectroscopy. For the novice in the field, the ICP Information Newsletter provides a concise and systematic source of information and background material needed for the selection of instrumentation or the development of new methodology. For the experienced scientist, it offers a single-source reference to current developments and literature.


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2016 Winter Conference on

Plasma Spectrochemistry


Tucson, Arizona, January 10-16, 2016

The 2016 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, nineteenth in a series of biennial meetings sponsored by the ICP Information Newsletter, features developments in plasma spectrochemical analysis by inductively coupled plasma (ICP), dc plasma (DCP), microwave plasma (MIP), glow discharge (GDL, HCL), and laser sources. The meeting will be held Monday, January 11 through Saturday, January 16, 2016, in Tucson, Arizona, (www.visitTucson.org) at the Hilton Tucson El Conqistador Resort (www.hiltonelconquistador.com). Professional development short courses at introductory and advanced levels and manufacturers' seminars will be offered Friday through Monday, January 8 - 11. Spectroscopic instrumentation and accessories will be shown during a three-day exhibition from January 12 to 14, and workshops on New Plasma Instrumentation, Clinical ICP-MS, Isotope Analysis, and Elemental Speciation methodology will be presented Tuesday thru Satuday afternoons. A golf tournament will be held on Sunday, January 10.

Objectives and Program

The continued growth in popularity of plasma sources for atomization and excitation in atomic spectroscopy and ionization in mass spectrometry and the need to discuss recent developments of these discharges in spectrochemical analysis stimulated the organization of this meeting. The Conference will bring together international scientists experienced in applications, instrumentation, and theory in an informal setting to examine recent progress in the field. Approximately 600 participants from 30 countries are expected to attend. Over 300 papers describing applications, fundamentals, and instrumental developments with plasma sources will be presented in lecture and poster sessions by more than 200 authors. Symposia organized and chaired by recognized experts will include the following topics: 1) Sample introduction and transport phenomena; Micronebulization and flow processing spectrochemical analysis; 2) Nanomaterial analysis and characterization; 3) Elemental speciation and sample preparation for speciation; 4) Plasma instrumentation, including advanced detectors, chemometrics, expert systems, on-line analysis, microplasmas, software, and remote-system automation; 5) Sample preparation, treatment and automation; 6) Excitation mechanisms, plasma phenomena and modeling; 7) Spectroscopic standards and reference materials, and high-purity materials; 8) Plasma source mass spectrometry; 9) Glow discharge atomic and mass spectrometry; 10) Stable isotope analyses; 11) Laser-assisted plasma spectrometry; 12) Advanced materials bulk and surface characterization, and 13) Novel plasma spectrochemical applications. Five plenary and 37 invited lectures will highlight advances in these areas. Four afternoon poster sessions will feature applications, automation, and new instrumentation. Six Heritage Lectures will be presented by distinguished scientists and investigators, who have contributed significantly to the development of plasma spectrochemistry and will address critical development areas in sample introduction, instrumentation, elemental speciation, plasma source mass spectrometry, and novel software and hardware. Plenary, invited, and submitted papers will be published in September 2016 after peer review as the official Conference proceedings.

Schedule of Activities

Call for Papers, Abstracts Due, Early Bird Registration                                    Friday, July 10, 2015

Exhibitor Booth Reservation and Pre-Registration Due                           Friday, September 18, 2015

Final Abstracts for All Papers Due                                                                 Friday, October 9, 2015

Exhibitor Reservation Deadline                                                                    Friday, October 9, 2015

Conference Pre-Registration Deadline                                                         Friday, October 9, 2015

Hotel Reservation Deadline                                                                      Friday, December 4, 2015

Late Pre-Registration Deadline                                                               Friday, December 11, 2015

2016 Winter Conference Professional Development Courses  Friday - Monday, January 8 - 11, 2016

2016 Manufacturers' Seminars                                               Friday - Monday, January 8 - 11, 2016

2016 Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry      Monday - Saturday, January 11 - 16, 2016

2016 Special Topic Workshops                                            Tuesday - Friday January 12 - 15, 2016

2016 Instrument Exhibition                                             Tuesday - Thursday, January 12 - 14, 2016

Conference Manuscripts Submission Deadline                                                     February 19, 2016


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