Svein Are Mjøs




Department of Chemistry

Research groups


The aim of my research in analytical chemistry is to maximize the information that can be gained from analytical instrumentation by application of chemometrics.

The activities to achieve this goal can be divided into the following categories:

  • Extraction of information from spectra and chromatograms for the purpose of quantification and identification. This includes techniques such as noise reduction, spectral matching and deconvolution of overlapping signals 
  • Prediction of chromatographic retention, and retention based methods for identification 
  • Optimization and standardization of chromatographic conditions by means of response surface methodology 

In addition, I also develop Matlab based software for chromatography and mass spectrometry used in our teaching and research, and maintain databases of chromatographic and mass spectrometric data of fatty acid methyl esters.




I teach the subjects KJEM/FARM-250 (Analytical Chemistry), KJEM350 (Quantitative Organic Analysis), and EMQAL AM15.

Master’s projects

Master’s projects in chemometrics or analytical chemistry are offered to students in the master’s programs in chemistry and medical technology.

Several of the master's projects are carried out in external laboratories, typically at Haukeland University Hospital or the Institute of Marine Research.




Selected publications:

M.N. Chhaganlal, J. Underhaug, S.A. Mjøs*, Evaluation of NMR predictors for accuracy and ability to reveal trends in 1H NMR spectra of fatty acids, MAGNETIC RESONANCE IN CHEMISTRY 61 (2023) 318-332. DOI: 10.1002/mrc.5336

C.C. Lin, A. Sengee, S.A. Mjøs*, Minor compounds and potential interferents in gas chromatographic analyses of human serum fatty acids. JOURNAL OF CHROMATOGRAPHY B 1138 (2020) 121963. DOI: 10.1016/j.jchromb.2019.121963

H.D. Waktola, S.A. Mjøs*, Chromatographic efficiency of polar capillary columns applied for the analysis of fatty acid methyl esters by gas chromatography, JOURNAL OF SEPARATION SCIENCE 41 (2018) 1582-1592. DOI: 10.1002/jssc.201700908

Y. Zeng, S.A. Mjøs*, F.P.A. David, A.W. Schmid, Extension of least squares spectral resolution algorithm to high-resolution lipidomics data. ANALYTICA CHIMICA ACTA 914 (2016) 35-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2016.02.002

S.A. Mjøs*, H.D. Waktola, Optimizing the relationship between chromatographic efficiency and retention times in temperature-programmed gas chromatography. JOURNAL OF SEPARATION SCIENCE 38 (2015) 3014-3027. DOI: 10.1002/jssc.201500364

M. Chhaganlal, L.K. Skartland, S.A. Mjøs*, Transfer  of retention patterns in gas chromatography by means of response surface  methodology, JOURNAL OF CHROMATOGRAPHY A 1332 (2014) 64-72. DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2014.01.039

Z. Wasta, S.A. Mjøs*, A database of chromatographic properties and mass spectra of fatty acid methyl esters from omega-3 products. JOURNAL OF CHROMATOGRAPHY A 1299 (2013) 94-102. DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2013.05.056

Y. Zeng, S.A. Mjøs*, S. Meier, C. Lin, R. Vadla, Least squares spectral resolution of liquid chromatography-mass  spectrometry data of glycerophospholipids. JOURNAL OF CHROMATOGRAPHY A  1280 (2013) 23-34. DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2012.12.070

C. Sciotto, S.A. Mjøs*, Trans isomers of EPA and DHA in omega-3 products on the European market. LIPIDS 47 (2012) 659-667. DOI: 10.1007/s11745-012-3672-3

L.K. Skartland, S.A. Mjøs*, B. Grung, Experimental designs for modeling retention patterns and separation efficiency in analysis of fatty acid methyl esters by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. JOURNAL OF CHROMATOGRAPHY A 1218 (2011) 6823-6831. DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2011.07.077

S.A. Mjøs*, B. Grung, A Rank annihilation approach to reducing the scan-effect in gas chromatography-mass spectrometry data. ANALYTICA CHIMICA ACTA 640 (2009) 33-39. DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2009.03.011

S. Meier*, S.A. Mjøs, H. Joensen, O. Grahl-Nielsen, Validation of a one-step extraction/methylation method for determination of fatty acids and cholesterol in marine tissues. JOURNAL OF CHROMATOGRAPHY A 1104 (2006) 291-298. DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2005.11.045

S.A. Mjøs, S. Meier, S. Boitsov*, Alkylphenol retention indices. JOURNAL OF CHROMATOGRAPHY A 1123 (2006) 98-105. DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2006.05.002

S.A. Mjøs*, O. Grahl-Nielsen, Prediction of gas chromatographic retention of polyunsaturated fatty acid methyl esters. JOURNAL OF CHROMATOGRAPHY A 1110 (2006) 171-180. DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2006.01.092

S.A. Mjøs*, The prediction of fatty acid structure from selected ions in electron impact mass spectra of fatty acid methyl esters. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF LIPID SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 106 (2004) 550-560. DOI: 10.1002/ejlt.200401013

S.A. Mjøs*, Two-dimensional fatty acid retention indices. JOURNAL OF CHROMATOGRAPHY A 1061 (2004) 201-209. DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2004.11.025

S.A. Mjøs*, Identification of fatty acids in gas  chromatography by application of different temperature and pressure programs  on a single capillary column. JOURNAL OF CHROMATOGRAPHY A 1015 (2003)  151-161. DOI: 10.1016/S0021-9673(03)01240-8

S.A. Mjøs*, Spectral transformations for deconvolution methods applied on gas chromatography-mass spectrometry data. ANALYTICA CHIMICA ACTA 488 (2003) 231-241. DOI: 10.1016/S0003-2670(03)00679-2

S.A. Mjøs*, J. Pettersen, A rapid method for the analysis of hydrogenated  fats by GC with IR detection. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN OIL CHEMISTS  SOCIETY 80 (2003) 839-846. DOI: 10.1007/s11746-003-0783-0

All publications in Christin:

Academic article
Doctoral dissertation

See a complete overview of publications in Cristin.