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.
- Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME)
- SPME Cold Fibre
- Thin Film Membranes
- Thin Film Brushes
- Thin Film and SPME Fibre
- Needle Trap, Thin Film and SPME
The primary focus of Janusz Pawliszyn's research program is the design of highly automated and integrated instrumentation for the isolation of analytes from complex matrices and the subsequent separation, identification and determination of these species.
The primary separation tools used by his group are Gas Chromatography, Liquid Chromatography and Capillary Electrophoresis coupled to variety of detections systems, including a range of mass spectrometry techniques.
Currently his research is focusing on the elimination of organic solvents from the sample preparation step to facilitate on-site monitoring and in-vivo analysis. Several alternative techniques to solvent extraction are investigated including the use of coated fibers, packed needles, membranes and supercritical fluids.
Janusz Pawliszyn is exploring the application of the computational and modeling techniques to enhance performance of sample preparation, chromatographic separations and detection. The major area of his interest involves the development and application of imaging detection techniques for microcolumn chromatography, capillary electrophoresis and micro chip separation devices.
Janusz Pawliszyn teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in analytical separations.
Recent publications include
L. Zhang, E. Gionfriddo, V. Acquaro and J. Pawliszyn. Direct immersion solid-phase microextraction analysis of multi-class contaminants in edible seaweeds by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, Anal. Chimica Acta. 1051, 83-97. (2018).
N. Alam, E. Nazdrajic, V. Singh, M. Tascon and J. Pawliszyn. Effect of Transport Parameters and Device Geometry on Extraction Kinetics and Efficiency in Direct Immersion Solid-phase Microextraction, Analytical Chemistry 90, 11548–11555 (2018).
H. Piri-Moghadam, E. Gionfriddo, J. Grandy, N. Alam and J. Pawliszyn. Development and validation of eco-friendly strategies based on thinfilm microextraction for water analysis, J. Chromatogr A 1579, 20-30 (2018).
J. Grandy, V. Singh, M. Lashgari, M. Gauthier and J. Pawliszyn. Development of a hydrophilic lipophilic balanced thin film solid phase microextraction device for balanced determination of volatile organic compounds, Analytical Chemistry 90, 14072-14080 (2018).
A. Jerath, Q. Yang, K. Pang, N. Looby, N. Reyes-Garces, T. Vasiljevic, B. Bojko, J. Pawliszyn, D. Wijeysundera, W. Beattie, T. Yau and M.Wąsowicz. Tranexamic Acid Dosing for Cardiac Surgical Patients With Chronic Renal Dysfunction: A New Dosing Regimen, Anesthesia and analgesia, 127, 1323-1332 (2018).
F. Mousavi, B. Bojko and J. Pawliszyn. High-throughput solid-phase microextraction–liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry for microbial untargeted metabolomics. Methods in Molecular Biology 1859, 133-152 (2019)
Please see Janusz Pawliszyn's Google Scholar profile for a current list of his peer-reviewed articles.
"Method and Apparatus for Detecting Universally and Selectively Concentration Gradients and for Deflecting a Light Beam in a Controlled Fashion", U.S. Pat. 4,784,494 (issued November 15, 1988); 4,940,333 ((issued July 10, 1990); 4,993,832 (issued February 19, 1991); 5,153,666 (issued October 6, 1993).
"Apparatus and Method for Delivering Supercritical Fluids", U.S. Pat. 5,237,824 (issued August 24, 1993).
Apparatus for performing and universally detecting capillary isoelectric focusing without mobilization using concentration gradient imaging systems US Pat. 5,395,502 (March 7, 1995).
"A Device and Process for Increasing Analyte Concentration in a Sorbent" U.S. Pat. 5,496,741 (issued March 5, 1996).
"Process and Device for Continuous Extraction and Analysis of Fluid Using Membrane" U.S. Pat. 5,492,838 (issued February 20, 1996).
"Method and Device for Solid Phase Microextraction and Desorption", U.S. Pat. 5,691, 206 (issued November 25, 1997); 6,042,787 (issued March 28, 2000); 7,674,631 (March 9, 2010) and European and Japanese counterparts.
Electrophoresis separation in a capillary passage US Pat. 5,784,154 (issued July 21, 1998)
“Method and Device for Isoelectric Focusing without Carrier Ampholytes” U.S. Pat. 5,759,370 (issued June 2, 1998).
“Fast Sampling Device and Sampling Method for Capillary Electrophoresis” US Pat. 5,985,121 (issued Nov. 16, 1999).
“Needle Trap” US Pat. 6,481,301 (issued Nov. 19, 2002).
“Analytical devices based on diffusion boundary layer calibration and quantitative sorption” US Pat. 6,588,255 (issued July 8, 2003) and 6,941,825 (issued September 13, 2005).
“Measurement of fluorescence using capillary isoelectric focusing” US Pat. 6,852,206 (issued Feb. 8, 2005).
“Calibration procedure for investigating biological systems” US Pat. 7,232,689 (issued June 19, 2007), 8,008,064 (issued August 30, 2011), 8,080,407 (issued December 20, 2011), 8,114,660 (issued February 14, 2012),.
“Multiple sampling device and method for investigating biological systems” US Pat. 7,259,019 (issued August 21, 2007).
“Micro-devices and analytical procedures for investigation of biological systems” US Pat 7,384,794 (issued June 10, 2008) and European and Japanese counterparts.
“Device and method for micro sorbent extraction and desorption” US Pat 8,104,331 (issued January 31, 2012); 7,645,611 (issued January 12, 2010) and European and Japanese counterparts.
“Solid-phase microextraction coatings and methods for their preparation” US Pat 7,479,390 (issued December 3, 2013).
“Standard Analyte Generator” US Pat 9,625,426 (issued April 18, 2017)
“Probe for extraction of molecules of interest from a sample” US Pat 9,870,907 (issued January 16th 2018)
“Method for measuring or identifying a component of interest in a biological system” US Pat 9,891,150 (issued Feb 13th, 2018)
Awards and Distinctions
- ACS Award in Chromatography, 2018
- Pittsburgh Conference Analytical Chemistry Award, 2017
- Halász Medal Award from the Hungarian Society for Separation Sciences, 2015
- Maria Skłodowska-Curie Medal from Polish Chemical Society, 2015
- LeSueur Memorial Award, 2013
- Environmental Research and Development Award, 2013
- E.W.R. Steacie Award, 2012
- Visiting Professor, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, 2012-14
- Associate Editor of Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis, 2012
- PittCon Dal Nogare Award, 2011
- Fellow of Royal Society of Canada, 2010
- Member of Review Committee for University of Amsterdam Chemistry Programs for Quality Assurance Netherlands Universities, 2010
- Ontario Premier’s Innovation Award, 2010
- UW University Professor, 2010
- Received ACS Award in Separation Science and Technology, 2010
- Received Marcel Golay Award, 2010
- Received Torbern Bergman Medal from the Swedish Chemical Society, 2010
University of Waterloo Affiliations
- Member of the Water Institute
- Member of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology
Professional Associations and Service
Canada Research Chair, 2003-present
Industrial Research Chair, 1994-present
Associate Editor of Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis, 2011-present
- Editor of Analytica Chemica Acta, 2007-present
- Contributing Editor of Trends in Analytical Chemistry (TrAC), 2000-present
Executive Committee, 2013-present
IUPAC Orange Book, Extraction Chapter, 2012-15
Member of the College of Reviewers at CFI, 2003-15
- Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Microcolumn Separations, 1991-2015
- Editor in Chief of Comprehensive Sampling and Sample Preparation (Elsevier), 2009-14
- Advanced Health Technologies Panel, ORF, 2012-13
- NSERC DG Evaluation Team, 2009-13
- Editorial Board Member of Chemia Analityczna, 2008-09
The following news stories have featured Janusz Pawliszyn's research:
February 8, 2018: Waterloo chemists compete to stay one step ahead of drug cheats
November 16, 2015: TSN highlights new saliva drug test developed by Waterloo chemists
October 26, 2015: Waterloo professor among world's most influential analytical scientists
February 21, 2014: Waterloo chemists revolutionize drug testing in sport
February 22, 2013: Pawliszyn Invents Solid Phase Micro-Extraction (SPME) Device And Method
November 19, 2012: Pawliszyn wins environmental chemistry award
December 4, 2011: Revolutionary tools take lab to the field
1982 Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
1978 M.S. Organic Chemistry, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland
1977 B.Sc. Engineering, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland