Tesla News

Tesla News

TESLA Aberdeen is now TESLA Graz

you can reach us under https://chemie.uni-graz.at/en/analytical-chemistry/

and by email at:

Joerg Feldmann

Andrea Raab

Silvia Wehmeier

Do stay in touch and we're of course open for collaborations



What does TESLA do?

Check out: Agilent Case Study: University of Aberdeen


September 2020

Sa'adatu together with Amnah (left) showing off her well earned PhD hatSa'adatu finished her PhD successfully. Her thesis is entitled "Exposure to metals in the environment".










Eva and Joerg received the Principal’s excellence award for industrial engagement from the University of Aberdeen 2020 on there last day before heading to Austria.On behalf of the entire TESLA team working on mercury with the industry. Eva and Joerg received the Principal’s excellence award for industrial engagement from the University of Aberdeen 2020 on there last day before heading to Austria.







PhD symposium at Aberdeen was a great success for TESLA.

Shaun won the 1st Prize for the best talk (The eagle that ate a whale… (maybe…): How looking closer at outliers may reveal new mercury uptake or detoxification pathways in Scottish golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos).), and two second prizes for Amnah (Per- and polyfluoroalkylated substances (PFASs) and extractable organofluorine (EOF) in liver of pilot whales identify large proportion of unknown organofluorines) and for Lhiam (AF4 for nanoparticles) for their posters. Congratulations to the winners; TEAM TESLA wins!



"Concentration and origin of lead (Pb) in liver and bone of Eurasian buzzards (Buteo buteo) in the United Kingdom" now published online.







graphica albstract showing on the left a microscope cross-section of a wound, with in the middle the elemental distribution of silver nanoparticles in a section of this would and on the right the silver species distribution on the woundA new paper published on spatiotemporal and speciation analysis of  Ag0 Nanoparticles in healing wounds; a collaboration with University of Venice and Institute of polar research in Venice (Italy). Just accepted




August 2020


Brown, L.K., Blanz, M., Wishart, J., Dieterich, B., Schmidt, S.B., Russell, J., Martin, P., George, T.S., 2020. Is Bere barley specifically adapted to fertilisation with seaweed as a nutrient source? Nutr. Cycl. Agrroecosystems.

A collaborative study between Universities of Limerick and Aberdeen about Concentrations of Essential Trace Metals in the Brain of Animal Species—A Comparative Study was just published. 

June 2020

The first Covid-19 restricted PhD viva in our institute on the 29th of June with an external examiner from Brazil Prof. Daniel Borges (UFSC). Congratulations to Abdullah who passed his Viva examination successfully with minor corrections. His thesis is about Organofluorines in the environment using HR-GF-CS-MAS and MP-AES for detection.



2020 Principal's Excellence Award

The TESLA group have received one of 2020 Principal’s Excellence Awards.
You can find the link to the winners here: There is a pdf result and a video of the virtual award ceremony.

TESLA members got the prize for industry engagement with the oil and gas industry and the winner are: Eva, Martin, Shaun and Daniel



Lhiam Paton's paper about arsenolipid transport in breastmilk (Transport of arsenolipids to the milk of a nursing mother after consuming salmon fish) done during is Master Thesis stay at the University of Graz is published now in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology.


May 2020


CRM rapid response approach for the certification of arsenic species and toxic trace elements in baby cereal coarse rice flour certified reference material BARI-1 published now in the journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. TELSA was involved in the international effort to produce a certified reference material for arsenic species, total arsenic and cadmium content in record time due to the need to serve the new legislation for inorganic arsenic in baby rice in Canada.

March 2020

Mauana passed her PhD viva successfully at UFSC in Florianopolis, Brazil with the title “Determination of iodine by high-resolution molecular absorption spectrometry – a comparison between promising molecules”. Mauana spent part of her PhD time at TESLA in Aberdeen working on fluorine determination by high-resolution molecular absorption spectrometry.Congratulations.



Congratulations to Alexa Brand and coworkers for their publication about trace element speciation in fungal cytosols. Congratulations as well as to Linrui Wu her paper about an unusual enzyme invovled in creating fluorinated metabolites (part of her PhD thesis) is now available here.

Blanz, M, Mainland, I, Richards, M, Balasse, M, Ascough, P, Wolfhagen, J, Taggart, MA & Feldmann,  (Accepted/In press). Identifying seaweed consumption by sheep using isotope analysis of their bones and teeth: Modern reference δ13C and δ15N values and their archaeological implications. Journal of Archaeological Science.

Metallomics accepted the paper entitled "Toxicity of three types of arsenolipids: species-specific effects in Caenorhabditis elegans" by Bronhorst J et al. Congratulations to all.

February 2020

TESLA’s BRAVE project (Bangladesh Risk of Acute Vascular Events) is in the university annual report under UNIVERSITY TEAM EMBARK ON MAJOR HEART DISEASE STUDY IN SOUTH ASIA


TESLA's PhD students were out in force at the 11th Scottish Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry at RGU.

Nan and Wladiana  won the poster price for best poster at the meeting.

“Distribution and speciation of arsenic in Brazilian shrimps”.




December 2019


Congratulations to to Joanna Potrykus, Dagmar Urgast and their co-authors

          their paper about Host-Imposed Copper Poisoning Impacts Fungal Micronutrient Acquisition during Systemic Candida albicans Infections is among the top 10 % most cited Plos one papers published in 2016


November 2019

Angstone took part in the November 2019 Graduation ceremony, also present was Wilka from the Oil and Gas Chemistry taught master course.

Angstone latest paper was accepted in STOTEN. In it he describes the effects different watering regime and zerovalent iron on cadmium uptake and arsenic methylation in Malawi rice cultivars.







October 2019


The use of high resolution graphite furnace molecular absorptionspectrometry (HR -MAS) for total fluorine determination in extractable organofluorines (EOF)

A. Akhdhar, M. Schneider, A. Orme, L. Schultes, A. Raab, E.M. Krupp, J.P. Benskin, B. Welz, J. Feldmann

Published in Talanta


September 2019


Angstone and Daniel passed their PhD-VIVAs (September). Congratulations






Mobilisation of arsenic, selenium and uranium from Carboniferous black shales in west Ireland

Joseph G.T. Armstrong, John Parnell, Liam A.Bullock, Adrian J.Boyce, Magali Perez, Jörg Feldmann

Published in Applied Geochemistry

(The paper highlights the potential mobilisation of toxic elements during fracking…)


Why is NanoSIMS elemental imaging of arsenic in seaweed (Laminaria digitata) important for understanding of arsenic biochemistry in addition of speciation information?

Eleanor Ender, Maria Angels Subirana, Andrea Raab, Eva Krupp, Dirk Schaumlöffel, Jorg Feldmann

Published in JAAS

(MChem project of Eleonor Enders, who finished her MChem-degree in June, Congratulations to her)



Conferences to come:

Analytical Research Forum 2020 (ARF20) 16th of June 2020 in London,

abstract dead lines: 24/02/2020 (oral presentation), 13/04/2020 (poster presentation)

BNASS 2020, 29th June to 1st July, Manchester UK


Recent publication


Tracing the natural and anthropogenic influence on the trace elemental chemistry of estuarine macroalgae

Emma Ownsworth, David Selby, Christopher J. Ottley, Emily Unsworth, Andrea Raab, Joerg Feldmann, Adam D.Sproson, Junichiro Kuroda, Camilla Faidutti, Patrick Bücker
Published in Science of The Total Environment
(Camilla worked as a summer student at TESLA and Patrick was here as a Erasmus student)

Cu@Au self-assembled nanoparticles as SERS-active substrates for (bio)molecular sensing

Gema Cabello, Kenneth C. Nwoko, Jose F. Marco, María Sanchez-Arenillas, Ana María Mendez-Torres, Jorg Feldmann, Claudia Yanez, Tim A.D. Smith

Published in Journal of Alloys and Compounds



Determination of methylmercury using liquid chromatography – photochemical vapour generation – atomic fluorescence spectroscopy (LC-PVG-AFS): a simple, green analytical method

Shaun T. Lancaster, Christoph-Cornelius Brombach, Warren T. Corns, Jörg Feldmann and Eva M. Krupp

Published in JAAS


High-precision isotopic analysis sheds new light on mercury metabolism in long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas)

Eduardo Bolea-Fernandez, Ana Rua-Ibarz, Eva M. Krupp, Jörg Feldmann & Frank Vanhaecke

Published in Scientific Reports


 Biological sulphur-containing compounds – analytical challenges

Andrea Raab, Joerg Feldmann

Published in Analytica Chimica Acta



Determination of Se and Te in coal at ultra-trace levels by ICP-MS after microwave-induced combustion

Filipe S. Rondan,  Alessandra S. Henn,  Paola A. Mello,  Magali Perez,  Liam A. Bullock,John Parnell,  Joerg Feldmann,  Erico M. M. Flores  and  Marcia F. Mesko

Published in JAAS


Arsenic and cadmium contents in Brazilian rice from different origins can vary more than two orders of magnitude

Lilian Seiko Kato, Elisabete A. de Nadai Fernandes, Andrea Raab, Marcio Arruda Bacchi, Joerg Feldmann

Published in Food Chemistry


Seaweed fertilisation impacts the chemical and isotopic composition of barley: Implications for analyses of archaeological skeletal remains

Magdalena Blanz, Philippa Ascough, Ingrid Mainland, Peter Martin, Mark A. Taggart, Burkart Dieterich, John Wishart, Kerry L. Sayle, Andrea Raab, Jörg Feldmann

Published in Journal of Archaeological Science


A combined chemical imaging approach using (MC) LA-ICP-MS and NIR-HSI to evaluate the diagenetic status of bone material for Sr isotope analysis

Anika Retzmann, Magdalena Blanz, Andreas Zitek, Johanna Irrgeher, Joerg Feldmann, Nicola M. Teschler, Thomas Prohaska

Published in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry


Reactive gaseous mercury is generated from chloralkali factories resulting in extreme concentrations of mercury in hair of workers

Abdelkarem A. S. Elgazali, Zuzana Gajdosechova, Zaigham Abbas, Enzo Lombi, Kirk G. Scheckel, Erica Donner, Heidelore Fiedler, Jorg Feldmann, Eva M. Krupp

Published in Scientific Reports