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Today (Aug 31, 2015) the introductory meeting of the EACH Erasmus Mundus (running on teh basis of the AMS programme) students with the programme coordinators took place at UT Chemicum. […]

The MSC Euromaster Summer School 2015 in Pulawy (Jul 12-24, 2015) was again a success and the student feedback were very positive. Two reflections from AMS students are presented here: […]

This week saw the start (on Mon, Jul 13, 2015) of the 8th MSC Euromaster summer school 2015 in Puławy (Poland). As in previous years, a core aim of the […]

The LC-MS group at the UT Institute of Chemistry were recently invited by the journal Analytica Chimica Acta to write a tutorial review on the topic of validation of liquid […]

On Apr 16, 2015 the consortium Estonian e-University awarded the title “e-course of the year” to the web course (MOOC) Estimation of Measurement Uncertainty in Chemical Analysis! This, together with […]

Agnes Suu, an AMS and MSC alumna (graduated in 2013), has in the course of her PhD work made an achievement that literally redefines the way the pH of HPLC […]

Four years ago, I was very fortunate to have the professor of Analytical Chemistry at Tartu University to invite me to join the international master degree programme AMS – Applied […]

Last week the check of eligibility and ranking of the EACH applications was completed and Thursday-Friday the admission notifications were sent out to all eligible candidates. We are glad to […]

Studies of host-guest chemistry, in particular, binding of anions by synthetic receptors has become a prominent research topic at the Analytical chemistry research group at UT. This fundamental research prepares […]

On Monday, March 02, 2015 the web course “Estimation of Measurement Uncertainty in Chemical Analysis” was launched the second time as a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course). The popularity of […]

On Feb 20, 2014 AMS student Salgaduge Dinesh Indika Dias from Sri Lanka defended his master’s thesis titled Two-flow system for calibration of hygrometers at room temperature, supervised by research […]

On Feb 06, 2015 at the annual meeting of the EURAMET Technical Committee of Measurements in Chemistry Ivo Leito made a presentation about the Measurement Uncertainty in Chemical Analysis Web […]

On Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 the defence of PhD thesis Uncertainty sources and analysis methods in realizing SI units of air humidity in Estonia prepared by Martin Vilbaste took place […]

The online course of Measurement Uncertainty Estimation in Analytical Chemistry (, which will be running as a MOOC during 02.03.15-12.04.15 couple of days ago got the 100th registered participant! The […]

On Jan 14, 2015 a Webinar took place for the EACH student candidates who either have submitted their applications or are in the process of preparing their application. The central […]

On December 14, 2014 the Applied Measurement Science autumn seminar took place. It was a long and intense day, full of very interesting measurement science. As a nice feature of […]

On Dec 19, 2014 AMS student Sinai Mwagomba successfully defended his master’s thesis titled A method for thermal ambient tests of space technology equipment in a thermal chamber – development […]

On December 12, 2014 the Measurement Science in Chemistry Euromaster graduation ceremony took place in Brussels (Belgium) in the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. Altogether […]

We are glad to announce that the on-line course Estimation Measurement Uncertainty in Chemical Analysis will during the Spring semester 2015 be offered as a free on-line course (so called […]

There are 23 scholarships available for the students admitted to the EACH programme (until Jan 31, 2015) and they are divided as follows: 13 scholarships funded by the EU (for […]

Determination of the composition of paints and coatings is important in many fields – materials science, art history, forensic science, etc. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR spectroscopy) is a well-known […]

On Oct 20-23, 2014 the investigation workshop “Rode Altarpiece in Close-up” took place in Tallinn (Niguliste church) and in Tartu (laboratories of UT Chemicum). It was conducted in the framework […]

On Sept 30, 2014 Ivo Leito gave a presentation On-line course: Estimation of measurement uncertainty in chemical analysisat the NMKL/Eurachem Workshop on Measurement Uncertainty. The presentation outlined the contents and […]

The 2015 edition of the MSC Euromaster summer school will take place in Puławy (Poland) during Jul 11-25, 2015. Details can be found in the first circular. Topics covered are: […]

Today the introductory meeting of the AMS students with the programme coordinator took place. An overview of the programme was given (the slides are available from here) and the questions […]

On Friday, Aug 29, 2014 the defence of PhD thesis Acidity and basicity in non-aqueous media: importance of solvent properties and purity prepared by Karl Kaupmees took place. Karl’s thesis […]

On Friday, Aug 29, 2014 the defence of PhD thesis Novel Tools for Water Quality Monitoring – From Field to Laboratory prepared by Teemu Näykki took place. Teemu Näykki works […]

On Monday, September 1, 2014 starting at 12:15 the introductory meeting of the Applied Measurement Students with the programme director will take place in UT Chemicum (Ravila 14a) in room […]

On Friday, August 8, 2014 the MSC Euromaster Summer School 2014 finished. This year’s summer school took place in Casablanca (Morocco) and was hosted by the ESITH educational centre. Around […]

The EU EACEA has made the decision to select for funding the Erasmus+ (formerly known as Erasmus Mundus) International Joint Master Degree (JMD) programme Excellence in Analytical CHemistry (EACH), which […]

During July 05-07, 2014 the XXVI Laulupidu (Song Festival) and XIX Tantsupidu (Dance Festival) took place in Tallinn, Estonia, attracting altogether more than 150 000 people. Such festivals are organized […]

On April 23, 2014 the in situ Interlaboratory comparison measurement (ILC) of dissolved oxygen concentration Fieldoxy 2014, organised jointly by the Finnish Environmental Institute (SYKE) and University of Tartu (UT) […]

Five AMS master’s students successfully defended their theses today (on June 9, 2014). On picture, from left: Petrică Artene, Roland Hoxha, Kaspars Laizans, Astrid Pung and Shanshan Wu (Ivo Leito […]

Today on Jun 6, 2014 a webinar was held for the student candidates admitted to teh Applied Measurement Science programme starting for the 2014/2015 study year. 16 prospective students participated. […]

On May 17, 2014 the spring seminar of the Applied Measurement Science programme took place. Students presented and discussed the progress of their master’s theses. _ _ _ As is […]

During May 19-21, 2014 the Eurachem Workshop on Quality in Analytical Measurements is taking place in Lisbon (Portugal). The workshop covers all main issues in ensuring the quality of analytical […]

On Apr 16, 2014 the MOOC Estimation of measurement uncertainty in chemical analysis offered by University of tartu finished successfully. The course eventually had 270 participants from more than 40 […]

On Monday, March 03, 2014 the web course “Estimation of Measurement Uncertainty in Chemical Analysis” was launched as a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course). This is the first MOOC created […]

The online course of Measurement Uncertainty Estimation in Analytical Chemistry (, which will be running as a MOOC during 03.03.14-13.04.14 has this morning got the 100th registered participant. The geographic […]

Different chiral 1,1’-bi-2-naphthol (BINOL)-derived acids and their analogues (see image on the right) were recently introduced as a highly efficient class of metal-free Brønsted acid organocatalysts, capable also of enantioselective […]

We are glad to announce that the on-line course Estimation Measurement Uncertainty in Chemical Analysis will during the Spring semester 2014 be offered as a free on-line course (so called […]

On Dec 27, 2013 Postimees, a prominent Estonian Daily newspaper, has awarded its annual title “person of the year 2013” to Mart Noorma – the initiator and scientific mentor of […]

On Nov 7, 2013 Ivo Leito gave presentation titled Measurement Science in Chemistry Education at University of Tartu in Opatija (Croatia) at the conference “Laboratory Competence 2013” organized by CroLab – the […]

On Oct 24, 2013 a seminar “Quality assurance and validation of analytical methods in the laboratory” was organized jointly in helsinki by the Finnish Chromatography society and Finnish Mass spectrometry […]

We are glad to introduce the Online Course of Measurement Uncertainty Estimation in Analytical Chemistry! It has been set up at University of Tartu during 2013 and its version 1 […]

On Jun 28, 2013 the Report on method for improved gravimetric Winkler titration (by Irja Helm, Lauri Jalukse, Ivo Leito) has been published by University of Tartu in the framework […]

The research work on accurate measurement method of binding constants in supramolecular chemistry carried out by Kristjan Haav (left) in the framework of his AMS master’s thesis has gained international […]

Roland Hoxha (in the middle on the photo), an AMS student who participated in the Measurement Science in Chemistry (MSC) Summer shool 2013 in Lyon said the following about this […]

Shanshan Wu (third from left on the photo), an AMS student who participated in the Measurement Science in Chemistry (MSC) Summer shool 2013 in Lyon said the following about this […]

On Friday, Jul 12, 2013 the MSC Summer school visited the Alps and ascended from Chamonix to a nearby mountain – Aiguille du Midi – with the height of slightly […]

Two young scientists – Karin Kipper and Riin Rebane – from UT analytical chemistry research group participated in the recent HPLC2013 conference in Amsterdam. Both of them presented the most […]

On July 08, 2013 the sixth MSC Euromaster Summer School 2013 started in Lyon (France). Altogether 34 students from more than ten countries participate in the Summer school, among them […]

On Jun 17, 2013 The kick-off meeting of the EMRP project Metrology for Moisture in Materials (SIB64 METefnet) took place in MIKES (Helsinki). Around 70% of industries use drying at […]

Ten AMS master’s students successfully defended their theses today (on June 10, 2013). On picture, from left: Hedi Sinijärv, Sander Sannik, Karen Atabekjan, Yingjian Hou, Kristjan Haav, Kamarniso Vrandecic, Pippa […]

Definitions of the International vocabulary of metrology (VIM 3) are the foundation of the language spoken by measurement people. The definitions have been carefully elaborated with the involvementof a number […]

The ESTCube-1 satellite was successfully launched early in the morning of 07.05.2013! Some hours later on the same day it was officially announced that the satellite works. Three AMS students […]

Hydrogen bond (HB) is by its importance a unique chemical phenomenon in nature and has been widely studied from almost any possible viewpoint. HBs have an enormous role in the […]

An important direction in making measurement instruments is making them simpler, cheaper and accessible to many people. An interesting development in this direction has been made at SYKE (the Finland […]

During 17-22.02.2013 The first Analytical Chemistry Winter school “Novel analysis methods”, organized by the St. Petersburg’s State University, took place near St. Petersburg (Russia). Ivo Leito participated in the event […]

On Saturday, Dec 15, 2012, the Autumn semester master’s seminar 2012 of the AMS programme was concluded with presentations from students. Most of the presentations were based on the master’s […]

Liquid chromatographic separation of basic analytes is often hampered by problems, such as insufficient retention, wide and asymmetric peaks, etc, especially if carried out at acidic pH. Many modern HPLC […]

A new software package for measurement uncertainty calculation called MUkit (shortcut from: Measurement Uncertainty kit) has been recently made available by SYKE, the Finnish Environmental Administration. This is the first […]

Electrospray ion source (ESI) is the most used ion source type for connecting liquid chromatography (LC) with mass spectrometry (MS) due to its robustness and possibility to analyze a wide […]

On August 31, 2012 Irja Helm successfully defended her PhD Thesis High accuracy gravimetric Winkler method for determination of dissolved oxygen at Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu. The essence […]

Klodian Dhoska, graduated from AMS in 2010 shared his thoughts about how the programme has influenced his life during the last two years: “Experience at Applied Measurement Programme has given […]

The MSC Summer school finished on Jul 27, 2012. Kristjan Haav, one of the participants (from the AMS programme, University of Tartu) shared his impressions. Ivo: What would you single […]

As a nice counterbalance to the serious and challenging programme of the summer school last weekend there was a surfing outing at the summer school. All participants had the possibility […]

On Monday, July 16, 2012 the fifth Measurement Science in Chemistry International Summer School started in Fatima (Portugal). In this edition, 48 students from thirteen countries participate. The dense and […]

On May 21-22, 2012 a workshop Validation, Traceability, Measurement Uncertainty: the Challenges for the 21th Century Analysts took place in Berlin. This workshop focused on the relationship between method validation, […]

On March 23, 2012 an in situ interlaboratory comparison measurement of dissolved oxygen concentration EstDO-2012 was carried out at the Testing Centre of University of Tartu. Altogether 13 participants from […]

During Mar 13-16, 2012 Ivo Leito visited University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST) and gave a series of lectures/workshops for te students of USST. The lectures/workshops were the […]

Measurement science influences other sciences and sometimes from quite an unexpected angle. A recent review on extinction of the dinosaurs (the “Mass Extinction at the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary”, to put it […]

On Dec 10, 2011 the master’s seminars of the Applied measurement science of the autumn semester 2011 were concluded. Most of the presentations were based on the master’s thesis topics […]

On Nov 29, 2011 a seminar was held in Tallinn, which summarized the results of the study “Metrology in Estonia, its current status, economic impact, trends and needs analysis” carried […]

This week a joint project will finish between University of Tartu and the German National Metrology Institute (PTB – Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt) on providing training in Metrology in Chemistry for Indian […]

Today on 27.09.2011 on the Laboratory days event at Finnish Environmental Administration – SYKE (Helsinki, Finland) Ivo Leito gave a presentation “Education in Metrology in Chemistry – why and how?”. […]

The winner of the title “teacher of the year” in the Realia et Naturalia field in 2011 is Associate professor of analytical chemistry Koit Herodes. He teaches the “Practical Chemical […]

On Jul 05, 2011 Anneli Kruve defended her PhD thesis Matrix effects in liquid-chromatography electrospray mass-spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS) at the Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu. Electrospray ionization (ESI, ESI ion […]

LC-MS (Liquid chromatography mass spectrometry) with ESI (electrospray) ion source (LC-ESI-MS) enjoys ever increasing popularity as a powerful and versatile analytical tool. It has become the number one technique for […]

On 28.03.2011 Ivo Leito gave talk “ATR-FT-IR spectroscopy in the region of 550-230 cm-1 for identification of inorganic pigments” at the the 241th ACS National Meeting, Spring 2011 in Anaheim […]

On a seminar on measurement quality in the framework of the conference ChemBio Finland 2011 a presentation “Metrology in Chemistry – from pipette to mass spectrometry, from National Metrology Institute […]

Most people (especially in the northern countries) have had the extremely annoying experience that in some (usually somewhat colder than average) morning the car will not start, because there is […]

Among the central reserach topics at Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu is design and acidity measurements of superstrong acids – so-called superacids. Superacid is an acid that is more […]

More than half of the solar energy that reaches the Earth and is absorbed by land srfaces is used for evaporation of water. Evapotranspiration is a joint process of moisture […]

OECD has published the results of PISA 2009, the most recent edition of its Programme for International Student Assessment. The assessment methodology evaluates a number of abilities and skills of […]

Perfluorochemicals – most notably perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and related compounds – have numerous industrial uses. They are highly stable molecules that do not decompose easily in the environment. It has […]

On Oct 26-27, 2010 a graduation ceremony was held at the EC JRC-IRMM (Geel, Belgium) where the first Euromaster certificates of the MSC Euromaster consortium were awarded to the first […]

     On 29.09.2010 Maiu Varner defended her master’s thesis “The role of coatings in maintaining stability of panel paintings” at UT Institute of Chemistry.      Panel paintings made on wood (e.g. icons) […]

Compilation containing the full set of lecture slides of the Measurement Science in Chemistry (MSC) Summer School 2010 is now available for download in the Summer school section of the […]

Mass spectrometer (MS) with electrospray ionization (ESI) coupled to a liquid chromatograph (LC) has during the recent decade become the most widespread analysis method of analysis for a vast number […]

pH value is the best known parameter for characterizing acidity of a solution. The pH of a neutral solution is around 7. In acidic solutions, such as battery acid, pH […]

Yesterday (on July 31, 2010) the closing ceremony of the MSC Summer School 2010 took place in Lepanina (Estonia). Results of the learning evaluation and student game were presented and […]

The trend of increasing CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is well known. During recent years another, possibly as serious and wide-ranging, trend has caught the attention of scientists: decrease of […]

Today (23.07.2010) the summer school continued on water: canoeing on the Navesti River (Soomaa National Park), followed by bogwalking in the bogs. A very typical for Estonia form of nature. […]

On Monday, July 19, 2010 the third Measurement Science in Chemistry International Summer School started at the coast of the Baltic Sea in Lepanina (Pärnumaa, Estonia). There are students from […]

Sudan dyes (most important of them are Sudan I, II, III and IV) are a family of compounds in the class of azo dyes that are used for different industrial […]

Mycotoxins are a class of food contaminants that are synthesized by certain species of fungi. Differently from, e.g. pesticides, mycotoxins are non-anthropogenic – they are not added to food by […]

In roughly one month – on Monday Jul 19 – the 2010 Summer School of the Measurement Science in Chemistry consortium will start. This is already the third of its […]

On Tuesday Jun 8 Gert Suurkuusk defended his master thesis on a very interesting topic: Determination of Cannabinoids by Gas Chromatography. The title of the thesis is Validation of the […]

Today all seven AMS master’s candidates successfullt defended their theses. Congratulations! The PDF files of all the theses are available for download from here (See at the end of the […]