NMBU-professor new chair of Arctic research network

Professor Roland Kallenborn is a senior scientist and university teacher in the field of organic analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry and environmental risk assessment.

Kallenborn is also affiliated as adjunct professorship in Arctic Technology to the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) and as external supervisor for graduate and post graduate students, to the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT, China).

– The steadily increasing number of priority pollutants in the Arctic requires new analytical methods and detection strategies. The UArctic network will help to coordinate and harmonize current international efforts to investigate today’s pollutant profiles in the Arctic, says Kallenborn.

As UArctic chair for Environmental pollution research, Kallenborn will focus on developing circum-Arctic academic networks for graduate and post -graduate education of future experts in Arctic environmental chemistry. His scientific focus will be on fata and distribution profiling of organic Arctic pollutants including Chemicals of Emerging Arctic Concern (CEACs).

Aim to minimize exposure risks

As a renowned environmental chemist, Kallenborns main research is in the field of method development for ultra-trace quantitative analysis, risk assessment, and mitigation of organic environmental pollutants (including contaminants of emerging concern and their transformation products). This also includes the elucidation of pollutant profiles in Arctic environments. He applies modern advanced trace analytical methods in an interdisciplinary context in his research strategies.

– Reliable research on fate and distribution pathways of CEACs is only possible in the Arctic Environment with advanced, highly sensitive quantification methods. These investigations aim at identifying and minimizing potential exposure risks for people living in the Arctics, says Kallenborn.

The professor is currently involved in interdisciplinary research in fate, risks and distribution profiles of environmental pollutants in pristine and contaminated Arctic environments. For his research he collaborates with experts in chemistry, biology, physics, modelling, toxicology and veterinary medicine.

Kallenborn is author/ co-author of 130 peer reviewed publications, 12 books/ monographs (author, chapter author and editor), 20 contract reports, 10 popular science papers and more than 300 presentations (poster/ oral) in international conferences and seminars. He serves as editor/ editorial board member for the IF registered scientific Journals “Current Chromatography”, “Fresenius Environmental Bulletin”, “Ecotoxicology and Chemistry”, “Environmental Science and Pollution Research” (Springer) and “Chemosphere” (Elsevier).

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