Defences in our group: Asko Laaniste and Hanno Evard

We are happily back from IMSC in Toronto and a very important celebration in our group has occurred! On the last day of August two PhD theses were defended in our group by Asko Laaniste and Hanno Evard. Asko wrote his thesis on ionization sources. Specifically focusing on the comparison of different sources for pesticides. […]

We will be in IMSC

A small part of our group is going to International Mass Spectrometry Conference from 20th to 26th of August in Toront and present the latest results of our studies. The results are so hot that these are not yet available in the journals: M-T-053 pH effects on electrospray ionization efficiency Jaanus Liigand W-T-019 Ionization efficiency […]


Today the importance of environmental analyses has been generally accepted. However conventional environmental monitoring programs are somewhat limited in scope as these programs only search for compounds that have been previously found to exist in contaminated samples. These compounds make up only a fraction of compounds that may be present in target samples overall. In […]

Optimizing sample pretreatment: temperature

In a recent semester, I have been involved in several training activities. The most important of these have been the training day for water analyses laboratories organized by EKUK and the practical aspects of working in the laboratory by TÜ Katsekoda. My lecture/seminar in the first training was about sample matrices as the source of […]

Recognition of Piia and Jaanus on scientific works competition

This week two of my students have been recognized by different organizations for their outstanding scientific work. Jaanus Liigand received first prize in the field of natural science for his Masters thesis “Electrospray ionisation efficiency scales: mobile phase effects and transferability” on a scientific works competition by Estonian Research Council. Also our (the theses were […]

Sporty chemists

Most certainly the event of the week has been the Tartu city marathon and more precisely the competition between labs held during this marathon. Our students organized a competition “which lab has the highest participation rate on the city marathon”. The “event” for our institute actually started even a lot earlier as several people not […]

Applying for Marie Curie fellowship: my proposal submitted

Yesterday I submitted my proposal for becoming a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow. So if everything goes as hoped I will be collaborating with Prof. Christoph Schalley group in Free University of Berlin from the next schoolyear. My project there will be about supramolecular chemistry, more precisely on rotaxanes and molecular machines based on rotaxanes. It will introduce […]