Analytical Chemistry – University of Copenhagen

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Analytical Chemistry

In Analytical Chemistry we perform basic research in advanced analytical chemistry and signal processing and develop and apply novel methods for chemical fingerprinting, profiling, and target analysis of complex mixtures. We focus equally on analytical chemistry basic research, applied analytical chemistry, and education at all levels and are responsible for the Research Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry (RAACE) at University of Copenhagen.

In the research group we aim to develop novel analytical platforms such as comprehensive two-dimensional chromatography with mass spectrometry detection and strategies for automated signal processing. We apply these methods for simultaneous analysis of thousands of chemical compounds in complex mixtures represented in environmental samples ('contamin-omics', 'water-omics', and environmental metabolomics), and we use them to provide information on industrial processes in collaboration with industry partners.


Selected publications

  • Nielsen NJ, Tomasi G, Christensen JH, Evaluation of chromatographic conditions in reversed phase liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry systems for fingerprinting of polar and amphiphilic plant metabolites, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 2016, 408 (21), 5855–5865.
  • Jäpelt KB, Johnsen LG, Christensen JH, Removal of Polysorbate 80 by complexation prior to LC–MS analysis, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 2016, 408(9), 2303-2307.
  • Fernandez Varala, R, Tomasi, G, Christensen, JH, An untargeted gas chromatography mass spectrometry metabolomics platform for marine polychaetes. Journal of Chromatography A, 2015, Vol. 1384, pp. 133-141.
  • Malmquist, LMV, Jørgensen, H, Bredeli, K, Christensen, JH, Polycyclic aromatic acids are primary metabolites of alkyl-PAHs – a case study with Nereis deversicolor. Environmental Science & Technology, 2015, Vol. 49, 9, pp. 5713-5721.
  • Græsbøll R, Nielsen NJ, Christensen JH, Using the hydrophobic subtraction model to choose orthogonal columns for online comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography, Journal of Chromatography A, 2014, 1326, 39–46.
  • Malmquist LV, Selck H, Christensen JH, Biotransformation of 1-methylpyrene and pyrene by Nereis diversicolor: Efficiency and identification of products, Environmental Science & Techonology 2013, 47 (10), 5383–5392.
  • Furbo S, Christensen JH, APEQ: Automated peak extraction and quantification in chromatography with multi-channel detectors, Analytical Chemistry, 2012, 6, 84(5), 2211-2218.
  • Trier X, Nielsen NJ, Christensen JH, Structural isomers of polyfluorinated di- and tri-alkylated phosphate ester surfactants present in industrial blends and in microwave popcorn bags, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2011, 18 (8), 1422-1432.
  • Christensen JH, Tomasi G, Scofield ADL, Meniconi MDFG, Chemometric characterization of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) pollution patterns in sediments from Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Environmental Pollution, 2010, 158, 3290-3297
  • Nielsen NJ, Tomasi G, Frandsen R, Nielsen J, Giese H, Christensen JH, An analytical and chemometric approach for targeting small molecules from liquid chromatography high-resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometry metabolic fingerprinting data, Metabolomics, 2010, 6 (3), 341-352
  • Schmidt SN, Christensen JH, Johnsen AR, Fungal PAH-metabolites resist mineralization by soil microorganisms, Environmental Science & Technology, 2010, 44 (5), 1677-1682.
  • Christensen JH, Tomasi G, Strand J, Andersen O, PARAFAC modeling of fluorescence excitation-emission spectra of fish bile: A new screening method for en-route biomonitoring of PAC exposure, Environmental Science & Technology, 2009, 43, 4439-4445
  • Christensen JH, Tomasi G. Review. Practical aspects of chemometrics for oil spill fingerprinting, Journal of Chromatography A, 2007, 1169, 1-22.
  • Malmquist LMV, Olsen RR, Hansen AB, Andersen O, Christensen JH. Assessment of oil weathering by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, time warping and principal component analysis, Journal of Chromatography A, 2007, 1164, 262-270. 
  • Christensen JH, Tomasi G and Hansen AB. Chemical Fingerprinting of Petroleum Biomarkers using Time Warping and PCA, Environmental Science and Technology, 2005, 39 (1), 255-260.
  • Christensen JH, Hansen AB, Tomasi G, Mortensen J, and Andersen O. Integrated Methodology for Forensic Oil Spill Identification, Environmental Science & Technology, 2004, 38 (10), 2912-2918.