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Ancillary activities

  • Journal of Chromatography B | Amsterdam | Editor | 2016-01-01
  • NWO Study Group Analytical Chemistry | Den Haag | Board member | 2016-01-01
  • KNCV CE User Group | Den Haag | Chairman board | 2017-01-01
  • Society for Microscale Separation and Bioanalysis (SMSB) | Pittsburgh | Board director | 2018-03-01
  • KNCV Working Group Separation Sciences | Den Haag | Member of board | 2018-04-11

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


Somsen's current research interests include compositional and conformational characterization of intact biomacromolecules, bioactivity screening of compounds in complex samples, and metabolite analysis with particular attention for compound chirality. His group built an internationally recognized expertise in the hyphenation of capillary electrophoresis with mass spectrometry and optical spectroscopy for the analysis of pharmaceutical proteins. Somsen is (co)author of over 155 peer-reviewed papers and has an H-index of 34 (Nov 2017).


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; promotor: Prof dr U.A.Th. Brinkman
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

Ancillary activities


• Editor of Journal of Chromatography B.
• Board member of the NWO Study group Analytical Chemistry.
• Chairman of the Dutch CE users group (KNCV).
• Member of the board of the Working Group Separation Methods (KNCV).
• Member of the scientific committee of Drug Analysis 2018.

• Guest editor of Journal of Chromatpgraphy A (2017).
• Chairman of the 33rd International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis (MSB 2017).
• Member of the scientific committee of Recent Developments in Pharmaceutical Analysis 2017.
• Member of the organizing committee of the 8th International Symposium on the Separation and Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Macromolecules 2017.
• Member of the scientific committee of the 27th International Symposium on Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis (PBA 2016).
• Co-chair of the global CESI-MS Symposium 2016.


Currently lecturing:

  • Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy (BSc Chem).
  • Identification Techniques (BSc FAR).
  • Biopharmaceuticals (BSc FAR).
  • Advanced Separation Science (MSc Chem).
  • (Bio)Molecular Spectroscopy (MSc Chem).
  • Protein Analysis (MSc Chem).

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Research Output 1988 2018

Adduct-ion formation in trapped ion mobility spectrometry as a potential tool for studying molecular structures and conformations

Zietek, B. M., Mengerink, Y., Jordens, J., Somsen, G. W., Kool, J. & Honing, M., Jun 2018, In : International Journal for Ion Mobility Spectrometry. 21, 1-2, p. 19-32 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Trapped ions
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Advanced bioactivity screening analytics for rapid identification of environmental toxicants

Jonker, L. W., 2018, 217 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

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Angular scanning and variable wavelength surface plasmon resonance allowing free sensor surface selection for optimum material- and bio-sensing

Lakayan, D., Tuppurainen, J., Albers, M., van Lint, M. J., van Iperen, D. J., Weda, J. J. A., Kuncova-Kallio, J., Somsen, G. W. & Kool, J., 15 Apr 2018, In : Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical. 259, 15 April, p. 972-979 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Surface plasmon resonance
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Capillary Electrophoresis: Trends and Recent Advances

Voeten, R. L. C., Ventouri, I. K., Haselberg, R. & Somsen, G. W., 6 Feb 2018, In : Analytical Chemistry. 90, 3, p. 1464-1481 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Capillary HILIC-MS: A New Tool for Sensitive Top-Down Proteomics

Gargano, A. F. G., Roca, L. S., Fellers, R. T., Bocxe, M., Domínguez-Vega, E. & Somsen, G. W., 5 Jun 2018, In : Analytical Chemistry. 90, 11, p. 6601-6609 9 p.

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Liquid chromatography
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