Johan Boman

Senior Advisor

Visiting address
Rosenlundsgatan 4
41120 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 100
40530 Göteborg

Professor Emeritus

Department of Chemistry & Molecular
Visiting address
Medicinaregatan 9 C
41390 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 462
40530 Göteborg

About Johan Boman

Contact details

Kemigården 4 (the Chalmers Johanneberg area), room 4244


J. Boman’s research at University of Gothenburg (UGOT) lies in the intersection of environmental science, physics and chemistry, with special focus on air and life quality in urban areas in low and middle-income countries. The research is part of the WHO’s assessment of air quality in Kenya. Professor Boman is an evaluator of international research project proposals. In 2015 he chaired the organization of the World Environmental Education Congress in Gothenburg and is now organizing the European Aerosol Conference 2019 in Gothenburg. He headed the Swedish partners in the EU-financed Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliances project “Competencies for A sustainable Socio Economic development” (CASE) (2015-2017) where a new Master’s program was drafted and online sustainability tools were developed. He is coordinating the sustainable development education efforts of the Science faculty at UGOT and if part of the team with similar tasks at the Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV) in Gothenburg. He arranged workshops in Gothenburg (2014) and Nairobi (2015) on Air and Life Quality Development in Nairobi and other Sub-Saharan Africa cities. Funded by SSEESS and Gothenburg Atmospheric Science Centre. In May 2013 he gave a PhD course in Atmospheric science at the Center for Environmental Science, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and is currently a member of the VR-funded collaboration project “Photochemical Smog in China – Formation, transformation, impact and abatement strategies". He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in international journals.

Most of the projects are centered on application of the Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) analysis technique. This is a nondestructive, multi-elemental technique were elements can be detected down to picogram levels. Applications are mainly dealing with field measurement studies of the air quality in several parts of the world. The research has been financed by Swedish international development agency (Sida) and the research council (VR) for studies in Kenya and Egypt.

The EDXRF technique is also being developed for new applications, to gain better detection levels and to combine the XRF analysis with other analytical techniques available and developed in the research group and in the research society.


  • Editor-in-Chief of X-Ray Spectrometry.
  • Outstanding peer reviewer 2020 for Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts
  • Co-organiser of European Aerosol Conference 2019.
  • Member of the European X-ray Spectrometry Association.
  • Chair of the European Conference on X-Ray spectrometry (EXRS2016), in Gothenburg, June 2016.
  • Chair of the local organisation committee and member of the scientific committee for World Environmental Education Congress in Göteborg, June 2015
  • Coordinator of the Masters program Atmosphere, Climate and Ecosystems for many years.
  • Member of the assessment team of a proposed Masters’ programme in climate strategy to start at Lund University, Lund, Sweden. October 2009.
  • Main organizer and chair of the 13th TXRF conference in Göteborg, Sweden in June 2009.
  • Head of Atmospheric Science Division, Department of Chemistry and molecular biology, University of Gothenburg, January 2007 – 2020
  • Member of the steering committee of Chalmers Faculty Club, Göteborg, 2007 – 2017
  • Member of CRAICC (Cryosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Arctic Climate), one of three new Nordic Centres of Excellence within the Top-level Research Initiative’s programme "Interaction between Climate Change and the Cryosphere". June 2010
  • Organiser of the 1st workshop on “Environmental challenges of Egypt – Assessment of some Inorganic pollutants in Cairo’s Air Using X-ray Fluorescence Techniques” in Cairo, Egypt. July 2010.