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. I also have research interests in the ecotoxicology, analysis and environmental fate of persistent organic pollutants, particularly halogenated and organophosphorus-based flame retardants, which includes a study of Baltic Sea food webs. A new project involves studying organohalogen compounds (OHCs) in sewage treatment plant related samples using combustion ion chromatography to determine the total amount of OHCs (total iceberg) and targeted analysis to determine the known OHCs (tip of the iceberg). Using these methods, we will determine the amount of total OHCs that are unknown (hidden part of the iceberg), and then use non-target screening to try to identify and quantify these unknown OHCs. I am also 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

Mass balance study of brominated flame retardants in female captive peregrine falcons

de Wit, C.A.; Johansson, A.K.; Sellström, U.; Lindberg, P.
2019 | Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts | 21 (1115-1131)

Identifying further chemicals of emerging Arctic concern based on ’In silico’ screening of chemical inventories

Muir, D.; Zhang, X.; de Wit, C.; Vorkamp, K.; Wilson, S.
2019 | Emerging Contaminants | 5 (201-210)

Current-use halogenated and organophosphorous flame retardants: a review of their presence in Arctic ecosystems.

Vorkamp, K.; Balmer, J.; Hung, H.; Letcher, R.; Riget, F.F.; de Wit, C.A.
2019 | Emerging Contaminants | 5 (179-200)

Accumulation of short-, medium- and long-chain chlorinated paraffins in marine and terrestrial animals from Scandinavia.

Yuan, B.; Roos, A.; Sonne, C.; Vorkamp, K.; Faxneld, S.; Garbus, S.E.; Lind,Y.; Eulaers, I.; Hellström, P.; Dietz, R.; Bossi, R.; Persson, S.; de Wit, C.A.
2019 | Environ. Sci. Technol. | 53 (3526-3537)

Organohalogenated flame retardants and organophosphate esters in office air and dust from Sweden.

2019 | Environ. Sci. Technol. | 53 (2124-2133)

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.