Albert Robbat Jr

Albert Robbat Jr.

Associate Professor
Pearson Chemical Laboratory
62 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA


PhD, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 1980
BA, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, 1976

Research Interests

Analytical Chemistry.  Professor Robbat's research interests include the development of innovative analytical instruments, methods, and data analysis software used to solve a wide range of environmental problems, including: a subsurface sampling and analysis probe that detects pollutants without bringing soil or groundwater to the surface for analysis. This technology is used to rapidly characterize hazardous waste sites and to provide monitoring data during cleanup. Two-dimensional gas and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC-GC/MS and LC-LC/MS) to produce libraries of compounds in complex environmental samples. This technology has been used to probe plant metabolite profiles, to authenticate the quality of foods we eat and drink, and to provide forensic analyses of pollutants as crude oil and coal tar degrade in the environment. Professor Robbat is also working on a novel plant-based material that efficiently extracts crude oil and coal tar from contaminated soils, sands, and water as well as oil from tar sands used to produce energy.

Selected Publications and Presentations

"Effects of Extreme Climate Events on Tea (Camellia sinensis) Functional Quality Validate Indigenous Farmer Knowledge and Sensory Preferences in Tropical China", S. Ahmed, J.R. Stepp, C. Orians, T. Griffin, C. Matyas, A. Robbat, S. Cash, D. Xue, C. Long, U. Unachukwu, S. Buckley, D. Small, E. Kennelly, PlosOne, 2014, 9, 1-13.

"Two-dimensional gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, physical property modeling and automated production of component maps to assess the weathering of pollutants", P.M. Antle, C.D. Zeigler, D.G. Livitz, A. Robbat, Jr. J Chrom A, 2014, 1364, 223–233.

"Retention Behavior of Alkylated Polycyclic Aromatic Sulfur Heterocycles on Immobilized Ionic Liquid Stationary Phases", P. M. Antle, C.D. Zeigler, and A. Robbat, Jr., J Chrom A, 2014, 1361, 255-264.

"A New Spectral Deconvolution – Selected Ion Monitoring Method for the Analysis of Alkylated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Complex Mixtures", A. Robbat Jr. and N.M. Wilton, Talanta, 2014, 125, 114–124.

"A more accurate analysis of alkylated PAH and PASH and its implications in environmental forensics", P.M. Antle, C.D. Zeigler, N.M. Wilton and A. Robbat, Jr., Intern. J. Environ. Anal. Chem., 2014, 94, 332-347.

"New Spectral Deconvolution Algorithms for the Analysis of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Sulfur Heterocycles by Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography-Quadrupole Mass Spectrometery", P.M. Antle, C.D. Zeigler, Y. Gankin, and A. Robbat, Jr., Anal. Chem., 2013, 85, 10369-10376.

"Comprehensive Profiling of Coal Tar and Crude Oil to Obtain Mass Spectra and Retention Indices for Alkylated PAH Shows Why Current Methods Err", C. Zeigler and A. Robbat, Jr., Environ. Sci. Technol., 2012, 46, 3935-3942.

"Toward the Accurate Analysis of C1-C4 Polycyclic Aromatic Sulfur Heterocycles", C. Zeigler, N. Wilton, A. Robbat, Jr., Anal. Chem., 2012, 84, 2245-2252.

"Tracking Juniper Berry Content in Oils and Distillates by Spectral Deconvolution of Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Data", A. Robbat Jr., A. Kowalsick, J. Howell, J. Chrom. A, 2011, 1218, 5531-5541.

"Subsurface detection of fossil fuel pollutants by photoionization and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry", A. Robbat Jr., T. Considine, P. M. Antle, Chemosphere, 2010, 80, 1370–1376.

"Rapid Gas Chromatographic Analysis of Less Abundant Compounds in Distilled Spirits by Direct Injection with Ethanol-Water Venting and Mass Spectrometric Data Deconvolution", K. MacNamara, M. Lee, and A. Robbat Jr., J. Chrom. A, 2010, 1217, 136–142.

"Quantitative Identification Of Pesticides As Target Compounds And Unknowns By Spectral Deconvolution Of Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Data", A. Robbat, Jr., A. Hoffmann, K. MacNamara, and Y. Huang, JOAC International, 2008, 91, 1467-1477.

"Total Alkylated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Characterization and Quantitative Comparison of Selected Ion Monitoring versus Full Scan Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Based on Spectral Deconvolution", C. Zeigler, K. MacNamara, Z. Wang, and A. Robbat, Jr., J. Chrom., 2008, 1205, 109-116.

"On-site Profiling and Speciation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons at Manufactured Gas Plant Sites by a High Temperature Transfer Line, Membrane Inlet Probe coupled to a Photoionization Detector and Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer", T. Considine and A. Robbat, Jr. Environ. Sci. Technol, 2008, 42, 1213-1220.