From adapting passive gas sampling in polluted soils to speeding up extractions of chemicals from contaminated rock, Tadeusz Górecki has made a career of analyzing some of nature’s most complex samples. He is best known though for his patented improvements to two-dimensional chromatography, a much more sensitive, two-step version of gas chromatography that allows researchers to fully resolve analyte peaks in messy environmental and biological samples.
Tadeusz Górecki is the recipient of the 2016 Andrzej Waksmundzki Medal, awarded by the Committee on Analytical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Vassili Karanassios' interests are in the area of micro- and nano-analysis (e.g., metrology), in micro- and nano-technology (e.g., micro- and nano-fluidics, nano-materials), and in development of miniaturized instruments that can be used on-site (i.e., in the field). Such instruments are typically fabricated on-chips so that they can fit in the palm of a hand or in a shirt pocket, thus allowing users to take “the lab to the sample”. The sample may be a “patient” (for early diagnosis of disease) and the field may be a health clinic or the environment (e.g., the air we breathe or the water we drink). In addition, such instruments are being developed to have wireless-capabilities, so that they can be included in the Internet of Things (IoT) and to have some smarts (via Artificial Intelligence, primarily using Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Learning approaches).
Susan Mikkelsen's experimental research has involved the selectivity aspect of bioanalytical assays and sensors to overcome interferences that exist in biological or environmental samples. Her research program has investigated both natural and biomimetic recognition methods in an effort to distinguish and quantitate the analyte species in the presence of closely-related, potentially interfering species.
Janusz Pawliszyn's research focuses on the development and application of state-of-the-art, integrated and automated analytical methods and instrumentation, for on-site analysis and monitoring.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, University Professor and holds the Canada Research Chair and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in New Analytical Methods and Technologies.