Cynthia de Wit

Deputy head of department
Room: T518
Phone: +46 8 674 7180
Mobile: +46 708 887180

Research field

Research in my group is focussed on the analysis of legacy and emerging flame retardants (brominated, chlorinated, organophosphate-based) in indoor (air and dust) and outdoor environments (air, soil). Research also includes studies of human exposure from air inhalation, dust ingestion, and dietary intake, as well as measurement of internal concentrations in adults and toddlers. I also have research interests in the ecotoxicology and environmental fate of persistent organic pollutants, particularly  brominated flame retardants. I am involved in leading international assessment reports of persistent organic pollutants, including contaminants of emerging concern, in the Arctic under the aegis of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme.

Latest scientific papers

Assessment of dietary exposure to organohalogen contaminants, legacy and emerging flame retardants in a Norwegian cohort

Xu, F.; Tay, J. H.; Covaci, A.; Padilla-Sanchez, J. A.; Papadopoulou, E.; Haug, L. S.; Neels, H.; Sellstrom, U.; de Wit, C. A.
2017 | Environ Int | 102 (236-243)

Dioxin-like activities, halogenated flame retardants, organophosphate esters and chlorinated paraffins in dust from Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden and China.

Wong, F.; Suzuki, G.; Michinaka, C.; Yuan, B.; Takigami, H.; de Wit, C.A.
2017 | Chemosphere | 168 (1248-1256)

Deconvolution of Soft Ionization Mass Spectra of Chlorinated Paraffins to Resolve Congener Groups

Yuan, B.; Alsberg,T.; Bogdal, C.; MacLeod, M.; Berger, U.; Gao, W.; Wang, Y.; de Wit, C.A.
2016 | Anal. Chem. | 88 (8980-8988)

Comparisons of indoor active and passive air sampling methods for emerging and legacy flame retardants in Beijing, China offices.

Newton, S.; Sellström, U.; Harrad, S.; Yu, G.; de Wit, C.A.
2016 | Emerging Contaminants | 2 (80-88)

Concentrations of legacy and emerging flame retardants in air and soil on a rural-urban transect in the UK West Midlands.

Drage, D.; Newton, S.; de Wit, C.A.; Harrad, S.
2016 | Chemosphere | 148 (195-203)

All publications

Analytical Chemistry

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

Contaminant Chemistry

Pollutants in the environment: Where they come from, where they go, and who gets exposed.