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Sabine Freitag

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Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental Chemist
+44 (0)1382 568919

The James Hutton Institute
AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Sabine is a Research Scientist within the Environmental and Biochemical Sciences Group and joined the institute in 2012. She has extensive experience in using targeted and non-targeted LC-MS methods. She obtained her PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Aberdeen in 2011. Following she completed a post doc position at the University of Aberdeen looking at the phytoavailability and solubility of iron (III) phosphate in commercially available molluscicides. When joining the James Hutton institute, she was initially based in Dundee in the sub-group ‘Plant Biochemistry & Food Quality’and her role included the delivery on key analytical requirements to a range of different EU but also Scottish Government funded projects.  These analytical requirements included mainly method development for targeted and semi-quantitative methods for phytochemical compounds in different plant tissue matrices using LC-MS systems. In 2019, Sabine transferred to the Aberdeen site focusing on method development for targeted analysis of emerging contaminants in different environmental matrices using LC-QQQ/MS.

Current research interests

Current research interest include method development for targeted analysis of a range of pharmaceuticals, pesticides, endocrine disrupters and perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a range of environmental (water, soil, sediment) but also food matrices.


  • Allwood, J.W.; Woznicki, T.L.; Xu, Y.; Foito, A.; Aaby, K.; Sungurtas, J.; Freitag, S.; Goodacre, R.; Stewart, D.; Remberg, S.F.; Heide, O.M.; Sønsteby, A. (2020) Application of HPLC-PDA-MS metabolite profiling to investigate the effect of growth temperature and day length on blackcurrant fruit., RFMF-MPF MetaboMeeting 2020, University of Toulouse, 22-24 January 2020. Poster.
  • Morris, W.L.; Campbell, R.; Freitag, S.; Bryan, G.; Stewart, D.; Taylor, M.A. (2017) Solanesol: added value from potato waste: factors influencing solanesol content in potato., XIV Solanaceae and 3rd Cucurbitaceae Joint Conference Solcuc 2017, Valencia, Spain, 3-6 September 2017. (Poster)
  • Foito, A.; Freitag, S.; Sungurtas, J.; Santos, C.; Costa, I.; Jardim, C.; Garcia, G.; Ramos, R.; Menezes, R.; Mendez-Sevillano, D.; Ottens, M.; Dobson, G.; McDougall, G.J.; Hackett, C.; Graham, J.; Stewart, D. (2017) BacHberry - Bio-prospecting strategies identify a novel bioactive phenolic compound from a Rubus germplasm collection., International Conference on Polyphenols and Health, Quebec, Canada, 3-6 October 2017.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.