Students sampling snow in Svalbard.

Arctic Technology students involved in snow sampling for ultra trace analysis of persistent organic pollutants. Photo: Roland Kallenborn/UNIS

Research strategy:

  • Investigation of contaminant fate and distribution in the Arctic environment
  • Identification of unknown chemical traces, transformation products and metabolites in the Arctic
  • Hands-on experience for MSc and PhD students on modern trace analytical methods for organic environmental chemistry
  • Elucidation of transport, up-take, accumulation, and transfer processes of organic pollutants in the Arctic ecosystem

On-going research activities/projects in environmental chemistry:

Group of Ass. Prof. Mark Hermanson (supported by UNIS research fund):

Polyfluorinated and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in the Lomonosovfonna ice core (2009). Collaborators: Elisabeth Isaksson, Norwegian Polar Institute; Pim Leonards, Institute for Envrionmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Margit Schwikowski, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland.

Polychlorinated biphenyls, organochlorine pesticides, and toxaphene parlars in surface snow samples from four sites in Svalbard. Collaborators: Elisabeth Isaksson, Norwegian Polar Institute; Derek C. G. Muir, Environment Canada, Camilla Teixeira, Environment Canada.

Organophosphorus and other alternative flame retardants in surface snow samples from four sites in Svalbard. Collaborators: Elisabeth Isaksson, Norwegian Polar Institute, Derek C. G. Muir, Xiaowa Wang, Environment Canada.

Deposition of halogenated compounds to the polar regions: A comparison between Svalbard and Antarctica. Collaborators: Elisabeth Isaksson, Norwegian Polar Institute; Derek C. G. Muir, Environment Canada, Camilla Teixeira, Environment Canada; Richard Hahn, University Center on Svalbard.

Contact person: Mark Hermanson

Group of Adjunct professor Roland Kallenborn:
Transformation properties and environmental risk associated with pharmaceutical residues in the Arctic (TraPha). Fram Centre, Tromsø.

Organic pollutants fate and climate change in the Arctic. AMAP/ NMR project.

Integration of the New Lab Facility for Chemical Analyses in Barentsburg into International Cooperation in the Arctic (BareLab). Research Council of Norway (RCN).

Sources and distribution of fluorinated alkylated subsances (PFAS) in Svalbard (FluoroImpact). Svalbard Miljøvernfond.

Contact person: Roland Kallenborn