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Special Issue "Speciation Analysis"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Analytical Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Danuta Barałkiewicz

Department of Trace Element Analysis by Spectroscopy Method, Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, 89b Umultowska Street, 61–614 Poznan, Poland
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Interests: speciation; multielemental speciation analysis; bespoke and non-targeted methods; mercury; lead; cadmium; chromium; arsenic; antimony; sample preparation; IEC; RP-IPC; SEC separation techniques; ICPMS; ESI-MS/MS advanced detection techniques; isotope dilution mass spectrometry; method validation; traceability assessment; uncertainty estimation; toxic species in environmental, food and biological samples
Guest Editor
Dr. Izabela Komorowicz

Department of Trace Element Analysis by Spectroscopy Method, Faculty of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89b Street, 61–614 Poznań, Poland
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Interests: speciation, arsenic, chromium, antimony, sample preparation, extraction methods, HPLC/ICP-MS, method validation, traceability assessment, uncertainty estimation, toxic species/contaminants in water and food, elemental composition of biological fluids

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Many reports are available in the literature on the analysis of the total concentrations of elements, but the obtained data is insufficient to assess their toxicological properties that are strictly dependent on different element species defined as to their isotopic composition, electronic or oxidation state, and/or complex or molecular structure. Therefore, to predict the exact toxicity of an element, the determination of element species concentrations is required and essential. Therefore, the separation and identification of chemical species of elements is extremely important and demanding in this developing world, as it is an issue of great importance in many areas such as environmental chemistry, food and nutrition, biology, and medicine.

This Special Issue deals with developing new analytical procedures/methodologies dedicated to the separation and detection or identification of (i) toxic element species (bespoke methods for determination of target elemental analytes) and (ii) new chemical species (non-targeted screening methods for identification purposes), using hyphenated advanced analytical techniques combined with various sample preparation methods in wide spectrum of liquid and solid matrices (environmental, biological, clinical, food). Special emphasis will be put on (i) sample preparation and stability of chemical species; (ii) the development of new procedures dedicated to speciation analysis of various elements in different objects; and (iii) obtaining reliable measurement results by carrying out method validation, traceability assessment, and uncertainty estimation.

This Special Issue will provide the opportunity to share knowledge about speciation analysis, which is essential for scientists from various disciplines and regulatory authorities.

Prof. Dr. Danuta Barałkiewicz
Dr. Izabela Komorowicz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Elemental and multielemental  speciation;
  • Sample preparation;
  • Separation techniques;
  • Mass spectrometry;
  • Hyphenated techniques;
  • New analytical procedures;
  • Toxic species in environmental, food, biological, and clinical samples;
  • Quality control, quality assurance.

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