Vlastimil Novák

Vlastimil Novák

PhD Student

Since November 2016, I am a PhD fellow at the University of Copenhagen, Section for Plant and Soil Science, Plant Nutrients and Food Quality group. The objective of my PhD project is to develop analytical methods for authenticity testing of high-value plant products. I focus on compound-specific isotope ratio analysis. Specifically, I investigate key factors controlling the oxygen isotopic composition of plant derived oxyanions and aim to utilize this as a novel tool for authentication of organically grown crops. My current expertise lies within chromatographic, multi-elemental, as well as stable isotope mass spectrometry analyses.

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Current research

  • Investigation of plant biological processes and their interaction with environmental factors affecting the isotope signature of plants.
  • Development and validation of novel analytical methods for stable isotope analyses of plant-based food products.  
  • Application of the developed methods in case-studies aimed at verifying the authenticity of plant products.

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