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
- Numerical Modeling of Solid-Phase Microextraction: Binding Matrix Effect on Equilibrium Time Behavior in Multicomponent Mixtures, A. Nazmul, L. Ricardez-Sandoval and J. Pawliszyn, Anal. Chem. 87, 9846-9854 (2015).
- Capturing Plant Metabolome with Direct-Immersion in Vivo Solid Phase Microextraction of Plant Tissues, S. Risticevic, E. Silva, J. DeEll, J. Cochran and J. Pawliszyn, Anal. Chem. 88, 1266–1274 (2016).
- Development of a carbon mesh supported thin film microextraction membrane as a means to lower the detection limits of benchtop and portable GC-MS instrumentation, J. Grandy, E. Boyaci and J. Pawliszyn, Anal. Chem. 88, 1760–1767 (2016).
- Biocompatible Solid-Phase Microextraction Nanoelectrospray Ionization: An Unexploited Tool in Bioanalysis, G. Gómez-Ríos, N. Reyes-Garcés, E. Boyaci, B. Bojko and J. Pawliszyn, Anal. Chem. 88, 1259–1265 (2016).
- Cinnamaldehyde Characterization as an Antibacterial Agent toward E. coli Metabolic Profile Using 96-Blade Solid-Phase Microextraction Coupled to Liquid Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry, F. Mousavi, B. Bojko, V. Bessonneau and J. Pawliszyn, J. Proteome Res. 15, 963–975 (2016).
- Fast quantitation of target analytes in small volumes of complex samples by matrix-compatible Solid Phase Microextraction devices, H. Piri-Moghadam, F. Ahmadi, G. Gómez-Ríos, E. Boyacı, N. Reyes-Garcés, A. Aghakhani, B. Bojko and J. Pawliszyn, Agewandte Chemie 55, 7510-7514 (2016).
Recent patents include
- "Method and apparatus for detecting universal and selectively concentration gradients, and for deflecting a light beam in a controlled fashion" US Patents 4,784,494 (issued Nov. 15, 1988), 4,940,333 (issued July 10, 1990).
- 'Method and apparatus for detecting concentration gradients" US Pat. 4,993,832 (issued Feb. 19, 1991).
- “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).
- “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 7,479,390 (issued January 20, 2009); 7,645,611 (issued January 12, 2010) and European and Japanese counterparts.
Awards and Distinctions
- 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:
October 26, 2015: Waterloo professor among world's most influential analytical scientists
February 21, 2014: Waterloo chemists revolutionize drug testing in sport
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