Bo Svensmark

Professor Emeritus (lektor emeritus) in analytical chemistry and environmental chemistry at

Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences,

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Updated May 18 2015

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Bo Svensmark

Personal data: Bo Svensmark (until 1978 Bo Svensmark Jensen), born  January 31,1945 in Denmark, Danish citizenship.

Profession: Associate Professor (half time), Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen.


1976, Ph.D., University of Copenhagen, (organic electrochemistry).

1972, M.Sc., University of Aarhus, (organic chemistry).


2015 - Professor Emeritus, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen

2012 - 2015: Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen (half time)

1978 - 2012: Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen (since 2010 half time).

1976-78: Post.Doc., University of Lund, Sweden.

1973-76: Ph.D. stipendiate, University of Copenhagen.

1972-73: Assistant Professor, University of Aarhus.

Publications: 54 publications of which 13 are original papers in organic electrochemistry and 36 are original papers in analytical and environmental chemistry.

Research interests: Analytical chemistry applied to the study of the fate and effects of chemicals in the environment.

Scientific adviser 1990-2014: 5 Ph.D. students and 91 M.Sc. students.

Teaching experience: Theoretical and practical courses in analytical chemistry including statistics and quality control at all levels. Basic environmental chemistry.

Other experiences:

2002 and 1994: Organizer of the 7th and 3rd Danish Symposium in Analytical Chemistry.

2001-2003 and 1993-95: President of the Danish Analytical Chemical Society.

1996: Organizer of the 15. Nordic Atomic Spectroscopy and Trace Analysis Conference.

1993-94 and 1979-81: President of the Danish Electrochemical Society.

External examiner in analytical and environmental chemistry at SDU, DTU, KVL, RUC, AU and AUE.

Selected Publications

Asger W. Nørgaard, Vivi Kofoed-Sørensen, Bo Svensmark, Peder Wolkoff, and Per Axel Clausen, Gas Chromatography Interfaced with Atmospheric Pressure Ionization-Quadrupole Time-of-Flight-Mass Spectrometry by Low-Temperature Plasma Ionization, Analytical Chemistry, 85 (2013) 28−32.

K. L. Rasmussen, J. Gunneweg, J. Van der Plicht, I. Kralj Cigic´, A. D. Bond, B. Svensmark, M. Balla, M. Strlic and G. Doudna, On the Age and Content of JAR-35 – a Sealed and Intact Storage Jar Found on the Southern Plateau of Qumran, Archeometry (2011), 53(4), 791-808.

Chen, Hua; Xia, Zhining; Pedersen-Bjergaard, Stig; Svensmark, Bo; Lauritsen, Frants R.,   Analysis of Semivolatile Pharmaceuticals and Pollutants in Organic Micro Extracts Using Hot Cell Membrane Inlet Mass Spectrometry.    Analytical Chemistry  (2009),  81(10),  4010-4014.

Karina K. Jessing, Thomas Bowers, Bjarne W. Strobel, Bo Svensmark and Hans Christian Bruun Hansen, Artemisinin determination and degradation in soil using supercritical fluid extraction and HPLC-UV, Intern. J. Environ. Anal. Chem. (2009) 89(1), 1-10.

Simonsen, Louise; Fomsgaard, Inge S.; Svensmark, Bo; Spliid, Niels Henrik.  Fate and availability of glyphosate and AMPA in agricultural soil. J. Environ. Sci. Health, Part B: (2008),  43(5),  365-375.

Nielsen, M.K.K., Holtze, M.S., Svensmark, B., Juhler, R.K. Demonstrating formation of potentially persistent transformation products from the herbicides bromoxynil and ioxynil using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Pest Management Science Vol.63 (2007) 141-149.

Carlsen, S. C. K.; Spliid, N. H. and Svensmark, B. Drift of 10 herbicides after tractor spray application. 1. Secondary drift (evaporation), Chemosphere, 64 (2006) 787-794

Henriksen, Trine ; Juhler, René K. ; Svensmark, Bo; Cech  Nadja B. The relative influences of acidity and polarity on responsiveness of small organic molecules to analysis with negative ion electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) , J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom., 16 (2005) 446-455

Sporring, Sune;  Bøwadt, Søren; Svensmark, Bo; Björklund, Erland. Comprehensive comparison of classic Soxhlet extraction with Soxtec extraction, ultrasonication extraction, supercritical fluid extraction, microwave assisted extraction and accelerated solvent extraction for the determination of polychlorinated biphenyls in soil, J. Chromatogr. A  1090 (2005) 1-9

Thomas Borch, Per Ambus, Frank Laturnus, Bo Svensmark and Christian Grøn, “Biodegradation of chlorinated solvents in a water unsaturated topsoil”, Chemosphere, 51(2003)143-152.

Per Axel Clausen, Rikke L. Lindeberg Bille, Tobias Nilsson, Vivi Hansen, Bo Svensmark B and Søren Bøwadt, “Simultaneous extraction of di(2-ethylhexyl)phtalate and anionic surfactants from house dust. Concentration in floor dust from 15 Danish schools. J. Chromatogr. A, 986(2003)179-190

Trine Henriksen, Bo Svensmark and René K. Juhler, ”Analysis of Metribuzin and transformation products in soil by pressurized liquid extraction and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry”, J. Chromatorgr. A, 957 (2002)79-87.

Trine Henriksen, Bo Svensmark, Bo Lindhardt and René K. Juhler, ”Analysis of acidic pesticides using in situ dertivatization with alkylchloroformate and solid-phase microextraction (SPME) for GC-MS”, Chemosphere, 44 (2001) 1531-1539.

K.F. Haselmann, F. Laturnus, B. Svensmark and C. Grøn, "Formation of chloroform in spruce forest soil - results from laboratory incubation studies", Chemosphere 41 (2000) 1769-1774.

T.S. Jensen, E. Arvin, B. Svensmark and P. Wrang, "Quantification of Compositional Changes of Petroleum Hydrocarbons by GC/FID and GC/MS during a Long Term Bioremediation Experiment", Soil and Sediment Contamination, 9 (2000) 549-577.

Z. Xia and B. Svensmark, Labile Species of Cadmium by Capillary Electrophoresis, Chem. Res. Applic. (China), 10 (1998) 63-66.

G. Felding and B. Svensmark, "Leaching of Pesticides from Clayey Soils. Compar-ison of Simulated and Determined Concentrations.", Int. J. Environ. Anal. Chem., 58 (1995) 215-230.

J. Larsen and B. Svensmark, "Labile Species of Pb, Zn and Cd Determined by Anodic Stripping Staircase Voltammetry, and their Toxicity to Tetrahymena.", Talanta, 38 (1991) 981-988.

N. P. Jensen and B. Svensmark, "Distribution and Concentration of Pb and Cd in Two Adjacent Luvisols under Grassland and Forest in Denmark.", Z. Pflanzenernähr. Bodenk., 152 (1989) 121-124.

B. Svensmark, "Staircase Voltammetry as a Rapid Detection Method for Anodic Stripping Determination of Lead.", Anal.Chim. Acta, 197 (1987) 239-248.

Ph.D. Projects Supervised

Gitte Felding, Leaching of Pesticides - Determination of Atrazine, Hexazinone and Metabolites in Leachate under Abies normanniana (Stev.) Spach, and Simulation of Leaching for Atrazine and Hexazinone with the Computermodel CMLS, with Danish Institute of Soil Science, Flakkebjerg.

Trine S. Jensen, Petroleum Hydrocarbons: Compositional Changes during Biodegradation and Transport in Unsaturated Soil, with The Danish National Environmental Research Institute, Risø.

Per A. Clausen, Semivolatile Organic Compounds in Air and Dust in Non-industrial Work Environment, with National Institute of Occupational Health, Copenhagen

Xhining Xia, Ultrasonic Stripping Voltammetry and Capillary Electrophoretic Applied to Speciation of Heavy Metals

Trine Henriksen, Analysis and Fate of Polar pesticides and Transformation Products in Soil, with Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.

M.Sc. Students supervised

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