Anders Colmsjö

Professor
Room: A305
Phone: +46 8 674 7197
anders.colmsjo@aces.su.se

Staff Personal

Education
1974 Masters of sciences, (civ ing Teknisk Fysik), KTH.
1981 Ph D in Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University
1983 Associate professor (docent) in analytical chemistry, Stockholm University
1987 Letters of appointment as professor by the Swedish Government (fullmaktsprofessor)

Positions
1974 Research assistant at Dep of Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University
1983 Assistant professor at Dep of Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University
1986 Head of the Dep of Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University
1987 Head of division of Analytical Chemistry at Nat Inst Occup Health.
1987 Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Nat Inst Occup Health.
1988 Head of all chemical divisions at Nat Inst Occup Health (60 pers)
1992 Deputy head of the Nat Inst Occup health (400 pers)
1995 Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Nat Inst f Work Life.
1997 Professor of Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University
1998 Head of the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University
2014 Visiting professor at University of Salerno
2014 Chair, professor of Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University

Assignments
2007-now Chairman of the Swedish Chemical Society, Analytical Division.
2002-2004 Chairman of the Institute of Applied Environmental Research (ITM)
2002-now Chairman of Valförsamlingen for electing Rektor at Stockholm University.
2006-now Chairman of the Faculty Club at Stockholm University.

Engagements
Teaching
1972-1987 Teaching mathematics at KTH. Teknisk fysik.
1977-now Teaching applied statistics for analytical chemists.
1974-now Teaching analytical chemistry at basic and advanced levels at Stockholm University.

PhD Students
1981-now Main and active supervisor of 15 examined PhD students.
1988-1997 Director of Studies for PhD students at Nat Inst Occup Health.
1997-now Director of Studies for PhD students at Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University

Scientific output
135 articles in international journals (Aug 2011).
More than 200 scientific posters, oral presentations and reports.
More than 100 scientific computer programs developed for calculations and simulations.

Acknowledged activities
Opponent at doctorial dissertation (first 1991).
Expert at appointment of higher academic positions
Member of editorial boards of International Journals.

Staff Specialties

Spectroscopy
Initially, cryo-fluorescence spectroscopy of polycyclic aromatic compounds was my main research area (see my literature list). Very well resolved spectra of individual PAHs could be used for fingerprint identifications of very small amounts of compounds. The technique was further developed for application on fractions separated by HPLC. The spectra were stored in a spectral atlas GRAND.which was developed during several decades. GRAND was further expanded with lots of other properties of PAHs such as room temperature fluorescence and adsorption spectra as well as physical properties of PAHs.

Sample clean-up
I have been engaged in developing various clean-up techniques. In particular, dynamic micro wave extraction, was created by us as a pre step to several SPE/HPLC/GC systems. Small amounts of sample could be used, thus giving low LOD due to the use of the entire sample entered to the on-line separation system.

See e.g.
J Chromatogr 877(2000)141
J Chromatogr 964(2002)11
Anal Chem 75(2003)1713

Chromatography
The theory of separation has for long time been an important part of my research. Mostly GC separation systems has been studied, but initially both reversed- and straight phase HPLC were studied and new phases were synthesized. During this time, several theories for the prediction of retention times were developed (se my literature list)

Statistics in analytical chemistry
Based on my background in Mathematics and Physics, I have been an eager supporter for the use of statistics in Analytical Chemistry. Basic statistics and experimental design is part of this. As a consequence, I have developed an easy to use computer program, WinStat, that can calculate and visualize most statistical situations that will appear in the development of data generation within the discipline. WinStat (currently vers 3.24) can freely be accessed from this page.

Simulations of the chromatographic process
In a current project, a method for simulation of separation is developed in order to predict retention times with high accuracy in temperature programmed GC. Thus optimization of an entire GC run of complex samples can be accurately made within seconds or parts of seconds. This can be performed by the computer program “GC Interactive Simulation” for the Microsoft/PC environment that I am presently developing. The program can readily be used in education, where the effect of altering column dimensions, flow rates and phase types immediately can be studied. Simultaneously, compounds can visually be followed in the column and the resulting chromatograms can be generated and studied. FID and EI/MS detector responses are simulated as output.

See e.g.
Anal Bioanal Chem 389 (2007) 941–950
Anal Bioanal Chem 393 (2009) 327-334
J Chromatogr A 1216(2009)134-139
Anal Bioanal Chem 399(2011)1335-1345
J Chromatogr A 1218(2011)5305-5310

Analytical Chemistry

Analyzing organic chemicals: Basic research in method development and environmental / bioanalytical applications.