Dr A.M. Ballesteros Gómez

  • Telephone:+31 20 59 83193
  • Room nr:a-551
  • E-mail:a.m.ballesterosgomez@vu.nl
  • Unit:faculteit der aard- en levenswetenschappen ( dep. chemistry and biology )
  • Position:Researcher


Ana M. Ballesteros is scientist in Analytical Chemistry and her research has been mainly focused on method development for the analysis of trace organic contaminants. She did her PhD studies at the Supramolecular Analytical Chemistry Research Group in Córdoba (Spain) on the use of supramolecular solvents made up of surfactant aggregates (micelles, vesicles) and adsorbents based on magnetic nanoparticles for simplifying analytical extraction processes. Later, she worked as postdoc researcher at IVM (2012-2014) with the ITN Marie Curie project INFLAME (Indoor Contamination with Flame Retardant Chemicals: Causes and Impacts) in the development of novel analytical methods for the analysis/identification of flame retardants (two dimensional GC, ambient mass spectrometry, high resolution mass spectrometry, HRMS). She also worked as postdoc at the University of Antwerp in Belgium (2014) investigating the in-vitro metabolism of phosphorus flame retardants. Finally, she was granted a NWO VENI in chemical sciences and in November 2014 she started her project based on the analysis of contaminants in house products by mainly ambient mass spectrometry and high resolution MS.



Analytical Chemistry, surfactant-based extractions, liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry, method development for analysis of organic trace contaminants, PAHs, mycotoxins, Bisphenol A, chlorophenols, perfluoroalkyl susbtances.

Academic training

2011PhD (cum laude) in Sciences, Analytical Chemistry. University of Cordoba (Spain). Title: Design and application of supramolecular solvents and adsorbents to the extraction of contaminants from food and environmental samples. Supervised by Dr. Soledad Rubio.
2005BSc Environmental Sciences with end-of-studies award. University of Cordoba (Spain).

Professional employment history

2014-presentResearcher, VENI (NWO), Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU University, Amsterdam
2014Postdoctoral researcher (6 months).Toxicological Centre, University of Antwerp (Belgium)
2012-2014Postdoctoral researcher. Marie Curie ITN INFLAME project. Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU University, Amsterdam
2006-2011Pre-doctoral researcher/PhD fellow at the Supramolecular Analytical Chemistry Research Group of the Analytical Chemistry Department (Cordoba, Spain)
2004-2006Fellowship for Initiation to Research granted by University of Cordoba. Supramolecular Analytical Chemistry Research Group of the Analytical Chemistry Department (Cordoba, Spain)

Selected publications

Publications at IVM

Ballesteros-Gómez, Ana; Van den Eede, Nele; Covaci, Adrian. In Vitro Human Metabolism of the Flame Retardant Resorcinol Bis(diphenylphosphate) (RDP). Environmental Science & Technology, 49 (2015) 3897–3904.

Ballesteros-Gómez, Ana; Leonards, Pim. E.G.; de Boer, Jacob. A novel Brominated Triazine-based Flame Retardant (TTBP-TAZ) in Plastic Consumer Products and Indoor Dust. Environmental Science & Technology 48 (2014) 4468–4474.

Ballesteros-Gómez, Ana; Brandsma, Sicco.H.; Leonards, Pim. E.G.; de Boer, Jacob. Direct probe atmospheric pressure photoionization/atmospheric pressure chemical ionization high-resolution mass spectrometry for fast screening of flame retardants and plasticizers in products and waste. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 406 (2014) 2503-2512.

Ballesteros-Gómez, Ana.; de Boer, J.; Leonards, P.E.G. Novel Analytical Methods for Flame Retardants and Plasticizers based on Gas Chromatography, Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography and Direct Probe Coupled to Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization-High Resolution Time-of-Flight-Mass Spectrometry, Analytical Chemistry, 85 (2013) 9572–9580.

Raouf Yazdinezhad, Samaneh; Ballesteros-Gómez, Ana; Lunar, Loreto; Rubio, Soledad, Single-step extraction and cleanup of bisphenol A in soft drinks by hemimicellar magnetic solid phase extraction prior to liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry. Analytica Chimica Acta, 778 (2013) 31-37.

Ballesteros Gómez, A.; Rubio Bravo, S. (2011). Environment-responsive alkanol-based supramolecular solvents: characterization and potential as restricted access property and mixed-mode extractants. Analytical Chemistry, 84, 342-349.

Ballesteros-Gómez, A.; Rubio, S. (2009). Hemimicelles of alkyl carboxylates chemisorbed onto magnetic nanoparticles: study and application to the extraction of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in environmental water samples. Analytical Chemistry, 81, 9012–9020.


Ballesteros-Gómez, Ana; Sicilia Criado, Maria Dolores; Rubio Bravo, Soledad, Supramolecular Analytical Chemistry in Separation Techniques. Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry R.A. Meyers (Ed.) pags. 595-615, 2010  Wiley, Indianapolis, USA.

Ballesteros-Gómez, Ana; Rubio Bravo, Soledad, Bisphenol A. Analysis of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in Food. L.M.L. Nollet (Ed.), pags. 349-365, 2011, Wiley-Blackwell, Iowa, USA.

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