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Chiron AS


Organisation Type: R&D Performing SME

Chiron AS provides the scientific community worldwide with sophisticated solutions for difficult chemical analysis. Since 1983 Chiron has supplied reference standards, fine chemicals and reagents for toxicological, pharmaceutical, environmental, food safety, petroleum and geochemical analysis. Chiron’s offering consists of more than 15,000 unique products, and if you can’t find what you are looking for, Chiron also provide a custom synthesis service for microgram to kilogram quantities. Chiron is headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, has a UK subsidiary, and operates though a competent global network of distributors. Many years of investment, the enthusiasm and pioneering team spirit of its staff, and a close cooperation with academic institutions and customers worldwide has bought Chiron to the forefront of analytical chemistry.

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Jon Eigill Johansen (Project Coordinator (PC))

Jon has a background in in organic chemistry: synthesis, isolation, and structural elucidation. He completed his masters (1972) and PhD (1976) in Carotenoid Chemistry with professor Liaaen-Jensen at the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim, before attending the University of California, Berkeley for a two year postdoc with professor Henry Rapoport on indole alkaloid synthesis. After he made a second postdoc at the ETH, Zürich in prebiotic Chemistry with professor Albert Eschenmoser. After three years working on homogeneous catalysis at SINTEF in Trondheim he established his first company, Chiron Laboratories, in 1983. Jon has extensive experience in project planning and development and have led his companies and numerous international projects to successful results. The current company Chiron AS is involved in the production of certified reference materials (CRMs) for petroleum, environmental, food safety, and toxicology analysis, as well as the scale up of key compounds.

Jenny Button (Exploitation and Dissemination Manager (EDM))

Jenny had a background in clinical and forensic toxicology spanning 20 years. She started her career at St George’s University of London, delivering routine therapeutic drug monitoring services and managing GLP clinical drug trials. Later she progressed to head up the Coroner’s post-mortem toxicology service. In 2010 Jenny joined the UK Forensic Science Service as a Reporting Officer for criminal toxicology. Now Jenny works with Chiron, supporting laboratories around the world in sourcing high quality analytical standards for drug, environmental, petroleum and food safety analysis. Jenny has an advanced GNVQ in health and social care, a first class degree in biomedical science and a post graduate diploma in forensic medical science. She has co-authored several peer reviewed articles, focussing largely on the analysis of new emerging drugs, and has written a book chapter on the Use of Reference Materials in Toxicology.

Huiling Liu

Huiling has a background in organic chemistry and synthesis spanning 30 years. She has a master’s degree in chemical engineering, with specialism in organic chemistry and the synthesis of pesticides. She started her career as lecturer at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University in China, teaching organic chemistry and experimental organic chemistry, before she moved to the Tsukuba University in Japan for a research assignment in metallic organic chemistry. Huiling completed her PhD in organic chemistry at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2001, focusing on enzymatic catalysis (biocatalysis) in organic synthesis and the synthesis of enantiomerically pure pharmaceutical products. Huiling joined Chiron in 2001 after her PhD, as researcher to develop reference materials for environmental, food safety, petroleum and pharmaceuticals/drugs analysis. She now works as R&D manager and has been leading many research projects including those focussing on POP’s, PAH and petroleum standards as well as pharmaceuticals, opiates and new psychoactive substances (NPS). These have involved both synthesis of the native compounds and stable isotopes. From 2019 Huiling additionally took up a professorship with NTNU. She has supervised 2 masters students and 1 PhD student, and now oversees an industry PhD student.

Alexey Gorovoi

Alexey has a background in organic chemistry and synthesis spanning 20 years. He has a master's degree in synthetic organic chemistry and NMR. Alexey completed his PhD in organic chemistry at the Arctic University of Norway (UiT) in 2012, focusing on stereoselective synthesis of antimicrobial peptides. He joined Chiron in 2016 as researcher to develop reference materials (native/stable isotope labelled) for environmental, food safety, petroleum and pharmaceuticals/drug analysis. Alexey has published several papers and filed a patent on new class of antimicrobials against Multiresistant TB. Alexey co-supervised 1 master student and censored several student projects in UiT.

Vrije Universiteit (VU)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Organisation Type: University

The mission of the Dept. of Environment & Health of the Vrije Universiteit (VU) is to achieve a better understanding of the impact of environmental contaminants on human health and the environment by multidisciplinary academic research and education. The unique combination of chemists, toxicologists and epidemiologists enables a holistic approach of environmental and human health topics. Our expertise and research output make an important contribution to the knowledge needed for informed environmental governance of the most pressing environmental pollution issues. The Department is based in the modern Oǀ2 laboratory building at the Zuid-as of Amsterdam. Research facilities are shared within the interfaculty institute AIMMS (

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Jacob de Boer (Technical Manager (TM))

Jacob de Boer is Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology and Director of the Department of Environment & Health at the Faculty of Sciences, Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He obtained a PhD in analytical chemistry at the VU in 1995. His research group consists of ca. 20 environmental chemists, toxicologists and epidemiologists, five technicians and 18 PhD students. Prof. De Boer has worked for many years on the environmental contamination and analysis of polychlorinated biphenyls, chlorinated paraffins and other flame retardants, as well as perfluorinated compounds, PAHs and other contaminants. He is an advisor for UN Environment, a member of the QUASIMEME Scientific Assessment Group, of the Certification Advisory Panel of IRMM, EU Joint Research Centre, Geel, Belgium, and of the European Scientific Advisory Panel of the CEFIC Long Range Initiative. He has published 220 peer reviewed, among one paper in Nature, two in Science, two books and 21 book chapters. His H-index is 53. In 2015 he was honoured as one of the most cited scientists in his field (Top 1%) according to Thomson & Reuter. He is editor-in-chief of Chemosphere (Impact factor 5.2) and member of the editorial board of the Handbook of Environmental Chemistry.

Louise van Mourik

Louise van Mourik just completed her PhD in 2019 on the complex substances called chlorinated paraffins (CPs), in particular advancing analytical capabilities for CPs in order to allow the first evaluation of their levels in Australia. This was a joint collaboration between the University of Queensland (QAEHS) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (dept. of Environment and Health, E&H) for which she received two grants (International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and the University of Queensland Centennial Scholarship and Research Training Fee). She is currently working as a post doc researcher at E&H on several projects such as developing and/or optimizing analytical methods for complex substances to assess their levels as well as fate and hazard potential. In the last five years she has published over seven papers, of which six on CPs, and (co)written eight consultancy reports.

Sicco Brandsma

Dr. Sicco Brandsma is an environmental analytical chemist. His research focuses on the development and implementation of novel analytical techniques to study brominated and phosphorus flame retardants, perfluorinated compounds, and chlorinated paraffins indoors and outdoors. He was a visiting scientist at ENTOX/QAEHS in Brisbane, Australia, NIES in Tsukuba, Japan and CCIW, Environment Canada, Burlington, Canada, and involved in several national and International/European (FIRE, ENFIRO, INTERFLAME, INTERWASTE) research projects. In 2017 he received a ‘Veni’-grant (€250,000) from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for research on the fate of toxic additives in recycled plastics. Within this NWO-project he will use high-resolution mass spectrometry to develop fast screening methods, to set up innovative leaching experiments, and to carry out suspect and non-target chemical screening to investigate additives in recycled plastics. He has authored and co-authored 28 publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals.

Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Joint Research Centre

Organisation Type: Research Institute
Self-funded partner

As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to support EU policies and policy-makers with independent evidence and innovative tools throughout the whole policy cycle. Headquartered in Brussels, the JRC has research sites in five Member States. The multi-disciplinary research conducted at the JRC is aligned to the European Union’s political priorities and contributes to jobs and economic growth, a healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility, consumer health and safety, nuclear safeguards and development of standards. JRC is one of the major developers and producers of reference materials in the world. The JRC site in Geel (Belgium) hosts world-class infrastructures for the production, storage and dispatch of reference materials. The JRC offers in its catalogue almost 700 different products (with a yearly distribution of ≈20.000 units) and releases 20-30 new reference materials per year.

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Marina Ricci

Marina graduated in Chemistry and received her PhD in Chemical Sciences in 1998 from the University of Pavia (Italy), with an experimental thesis in organic chemistry (metal-catalysed reactions). After which, she spent two years as post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Aarhus (Denmark), working on enantioselective synthesis and novel functionalisation of small peptides. In 2000 Marina returned to the Department of Organic Chemistry at the University of Pavia, holding a permanent position as responsible for GC-MS and support for NMR analytical services. In 2003 she joined as scientific officer the Reference Materials Unit of the Joint Research Centre (European Commission) located in Geel, Belgium. Marina has more than 15 years of experience in the certification of Reference Materials as project responsible as well as supervisor of research fellows. Her scientific production counts more than 30 papers. She represents the JRC in international committees in the field of metrology and standardisation in organic analytical chemistry and in experts' groups dealing with the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive.

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CHLOFFIN Project Team. Left to right: Louise van Mourik, Marina Ricci, Jacob de Boer, Jenny Button, Sicco Brandsma (back), Huiling Liu, Jon Eigill Johansen, Alexey Gorovoi, Solveig Valderhaug.

new standards for the analysis of chlorinated paraffins

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