Special Issue "12th International Conference on “Instrumental Methods of Analysis”—IMA 2021"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 November 2021) | Viewed by 5056

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Prof. Dr. Manassis Mitrakas
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Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: wastewater treatment; activated sludge processes; water quality and treatment; analytical chemistry; removal of toxic parameters from water; chemical engineering
Prof. Dr. Maria Ochsenkuhn-Petropoulou
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School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University Athens, Department of Chemical Sciences,Laboratory of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Iroon Polytechneiou 9, Zographou Campus, 15780 Athens, Greece
Interests: utilization of industrial by-products in laboratory and pilot plant scale; recovery of rare earth elements and in particular of scandium from bauxite residue; speciation of metals and metalloids; preparation and characterization of superconducting powders and coatings; aerosol research in atmosphere; aerosol emissions from car catalysts exhaust and from burning of biomass; quality control of surface water and groundwater using modern analytical techniques
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Dear Colleagues,

The 12th International Conference on “Instrumental Methods of Analysis” (www.ima2021.gr), organized by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and National Technical University of Athens, provides the opportunity for high-level analytical scientists from all around the world to promote their relevant research.

Following the conference, the journal Applied Sciences will organize a Special Issue, which will publish papers focusing on new concepts, instruments, methods, systems, and applications in the area of modern chemical analysis, and more specifically, in the topic specified below:

  • Spectrometric and electrometric analysis;
  • Chromatographic, mass spectrometric, microscopic and thermal analysis methods;
  • Proteomics, metabolomics, metallomics and elemental speciation analysis;
  • Chemical and biosensors;
  • Field analysis—mobile analytical instruments;
  • Miniaturized analytical systems (lab-on-a-chip), micro- and nanofluidics;
  • Immunoassays, electrophoretic separation techniques;
  • Sampling techniques and strategies;
  • Robotics and automation;
  • Quality control–quality assurance in analysis;
  • Metrology;
  • Data processing and chemometrics;
  • Environmental analysis;
  • Biomedical (ecotoxicological, clinical) and pharmaceutical analysis;
  • Food analysis;
  • Materials analysis (nanomaterials, smart/advanced materials, surface analysis);
  • Archaeometry.

Special sessions focused on aerosol metrology (supported by EU Project AEROMET II), advanced X-ray techniques (supported by the European X-ray Spectrometry Association) and virus spread analytics are organized within the frame of IMA-2021.

Prof. Dr. Manassis Mitrakas
Prof. Dr. Maria Ochsenkuhn-Petropoulou
Guest Editors

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  • food analysis
  • environmental analysis
  • materials analysis
  • biomedical and pharmaceutical analysis
  • novel analytical methods
  • sampling techniques

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Characterization of Ancient Burial Pottery of Ban Muang Bua Archaeological Site (Northeastern Thailand) Using X-ray Spectroscopies
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(5), 2568; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12052568 - 01 Mar 2022
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Ancient potteries found at Ban Muang Bua, located in northeastern Thailand, associate with Thung Kula Ronghai culture. Most of them are products used in daily life and grave goods. The potsherds were examined using techniques based on X-ray spectroscopy. Elemental composition and morphology [...] Read more.
Ancient potteries found at Ban Muang Bua, located in northeastern Thailand, associate with Thung Kula Ronghai culture. Most of them are products used in daily life and grave goods. The potsherds were examined using techniques based on X-ray spectroscopy. Elemental composition and morphology were analyzed using proton-induced X-ray emission spectroscopy (PIXE) and scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS). Three-dimensional analysis was performed using X-ray tomographic microscopy based on synchrotron radiation (SR XTM). Irregular plate-like particles of composites with a wide range of size distribution were found in the potsherds. The major (O, Si, and Al), minor (C, Fe, Ca, and K), and trace elements (P, S, Ti, Na, Mg, and Zn) which were observed can provide the information about raw materials and production of pottery. The 3D tomographic images show the internal feature of these samples. The combination of SEM-EDS, PIXE, and SR XTM is a powerful tool for archaeological research especially in terms of composition and internal structure. The results imply that the raw materials of pottery were sandy soil derived from marine sands, clays, and salt deposits that were mostly iron-rich-kaolin clay. The production was carried out with low firing temperatures (~600–900 °C) in open-air kilns. Full article
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Conference Report
The 12th International Conference on Instrumental Analysis—Modern Trends and Applications (20–23 September 2021, Virtual Event)
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(24), 11767; https://doi.org/10.3390/app112411767 - 10 Dec 2021
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The 12th International Conference on “Instrumental Methods of Analysis” www [...] Full article
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