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Govert Somsen is full professor of Biomolecular Analysis/Analytical Chemistry at Vrije Universteit (VU) Amsterdam since 2013. He obtained his doctorate in Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy at VU in 1997, and subsequently was assistant and associate professor at the University of Groningen (1996-2001) and at Utrecht University (2001-2012).


2015   Personal leadership, VU Amsterdam
2012   Academic leadership, Utrecht University
2004   Senior qualification research, Utrecht University
2003   Basic qualification teaching, Utrecht University
2000   Time management for researchers, University of Groningen
1997   Doctorate, VU Amsterdam; promotores: prof U.A.Th. Brinkman and prof N.H. Velthorst
Thesis: Solvent-elimination-based coupling of column liquid chromatography and vibrational-spectroscopic detection techniques
1989   Chemistry (MSc), VU Amsterdam; major: Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy; minor: Environmental Chemistry
1986   Chemistry teaching qualification (first degree), VU Amsterdam
1984   Chemistry (BSc), VU Amsterdam


Somsen's main expertise and current research interests are on hyphenated concepts in separation science directed to the characterization of (bio)polymers and (bio)active compounds. His group made significant contributions to the development, optimization and application of coupled analytical techniques combining selective liquid-phase separations with mass spectrometry, optical spectroscopy and bioactivity assays. He is (co-)author of over 200 papers in these fields, and has an H index of 41 (Oct 2021).


Current courses:

  • Analytical Chemistry and Bioanalysis (BSc Chemistry).
  • Molecular Analysis (BSc Chemistry).
  • Biomarker and Proteomics (BSc Chemistry).
  • Separation Sciences (MSc Chemistry).
  • Protein Analysis (MSc Chemistry).
  • Biopharmaceuticals (MSc Drug Development and Safety).
  • Clinical and Analytical Chemistry (BSc Medical Natural Sciences); only 2022.
  • Molecular Diagnostics (BSc Medical Natural Sciences); only 2021.
  • Clinical Diagnostics and Imaging (BSc Science, Business and Innovation); only 2021.

Ancillary activities

  • KNCV Working Group Separation Sciences | Den Haag | Bestuurslid | 2014-04-01 - 2024-01-01
  • Journal of Chromatography B | Amsterdam | Editor | 2016-01-01 - present
  • Society for Microscale Separation and Bioanalysis (SMSB) | Pittsburgh | Lid van bestuur | 2018-03-01 - 2024-01-01
  • KNCV FABIAN | Den Haag | Lid bestuur | 2019-01-01 - 2024-01-01

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Ancillary activities

• Editor of Journal of Chromatography B.
• Member NWO Advisory Commitee Chemistry of Life.
• Board member Working Group Separation Science (KNCV).
• Board member Society of Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis.
• Board member  FABIAN (KNCV).

• Board member of NWO Study group Analytical Chemistry.
• Chairman CE Users Group (KNCV).
• Chairman of the 33rd International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis (MSB 2017).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation


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