Tadeusz Gorecki

Tadeusz Gorecki
Location: C2 380
Phone: 519-888-4567 x35374


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.

Recent developments include the development of several new modulators for comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC), studies on the fundamental aspects of GC×GC, development of efficient, green methods for high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), a passive sampling method that allows sampler calibration to be carried out based on the physico-chemical properties of the analytes, and extraction methods for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in low-permeability matrices that dramatically reduce the extraction time.

Research Interests

  • Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GCxGC)
  • High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • Passive sampling
  • Enhanced extraction techniques
  • Indoor air quality analysis
  • Environmental analysis
  • Pyrolysis GC\/MS
  • Devices and Analytical Methods


  • 2009 Professor of Chemical Sciences, degree conferred by the President of the Republic of Poland
  • 1986 Ph.D., Chemistry, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland
  • 1981 M.Sc. Engineer, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland


  • 2017 GCxGC Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2016 Andrzej Waksmundzki Medal from the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • 2013 Best poster award, 37th International Symposium on Chromatography and 10th GCxGC Symposium, Palm Springs, CA, USA
  • 2012 Best poster award, 36th International Symposium on Chromatography and 9th GCxGC Symposium, Riva del Garda, Italy
  • 2011 Outstanding Performance Award, Faculty of Science, University of Waterloo
  • 2009 Professor of Chemical Sciences, degree conferred by the President of the Republic of Poland
  • 2007 Best poster award, Dalian International Symposia and Exhibition on Chromatography, Dalian, China
  • 1993 Three-month fellowship of the European Community, Ecole Nationale Superiéure de Chimie, Toulouse, France
  • 1982-1993 Seven Awards of the President of the Technical University of Gdansk for outstanding research
  • 1986 Award of the Minister of Education of Poland for outstanding Ph.D. Thesis
  • 1981 Medal of the Technical University of Gdansk


  • 2013-present, University Appointments Review Committee
  • 2021-present, Faculty Tenure and Promotion Committee
  • 2006-2016 Cooperative Education Council
  • 2011-2012 Senate
  • 2006-2016 Associate Dean for Cooperative Education
  • 2006-2020 Science Faculty Council
  • 2006-2016 Administrative Committee
  • 2006-2016 Science Undergraduate Studies Committee
  • 2021-present Departmental Awards Committee
  • 2016-2018 Merit Committee
  • 2014-2018 Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
  • 2008-2009 Executive Committee

Professional Associations

  • Regional Editor, Current Chromatography
  • Editorial Board Member, Separations (MDPI)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Chromatography Open (Elsevier)

Affiliations and Volunteer Work

  • Member, The Water Institute


  • CHEM 221 - Multi-Component Analysis
    • Taught in 2019, 2021, 2023, 2024
  • CHEM 404 - Physicochemical Aspects of Natural Waters
    • Taught in 2019, 2021, 2022
  • CHEM 720 - Selected Topics in Analytical Chemistry
    • Taught in 2019, 2022, 2023

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Selected/Recent Publications

  • H-Y.J. Chow, T. Górecki, “Second dimension temperature programming system for comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography with true temperature control”, Journal of Chromatography Open (2022), 2, 100062, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcoa.2022.100062.
  • A. Aly, T. Górecki, “Green comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography (LC×LC) for the analysis of phenolic compounds in grape juices and wine”, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00216-022-04241-x
  • M.A. Knight, M. Ioannidis, F. Salim, T. Górecki, D. Pivin, “Health risks assessment from Cured-in-Place-Pipe (CIPP) lining fugitive styrene emissions in laterals”, Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice (2022), 14(1), https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)PS.1949-1204.0000690PS.1949-1204.0000690).
  • A. Aly, T. Górecki, M.A. Omar, “Green approaches to comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography (LC × LC)”, Journal of Chromatography Open (2022) 100046.
  • H.A. Boswell, M. Edwards, T. Górecki, “Comparison of Thermal and Flow-Based Modulation in Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography—Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (GC×GC-TOFMS) for the Analysis of Base Oils”, Separations, 7(4) (2020), 70, https://doi.org/10.3390/separations7040070
  • A.A. Aly, M. Mueller, A. de Villiers, B.W.J. Pirok, T. Górecki, “Parallel gradients in comprehensive multidimensional liquid chromatography enhance utilization of the separation space and the degree of orthogonality when the separation mechanisms are correlated”, Journal of Chromatography A, 1628 (2020) 461452.
  • H. Boswell, K. Tarazona Carrillo, T. Górecki “Evaluation of the Performance of Cryogen-Free Thermal Modulation-Based Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography-Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (GC×GC-TOFMS) for the Qualitative Analysis of a Complex Bitumen Sample”, Separations, 7 (2020), 13, doi:10.3390/separations7010013.
  • A.A. Aly, T. Górecki, “Green Approaches to Sample Preparation Based on Extraction Techniques”, Molecules 25 (2020), 1719; doi:10.3390/molecules25071719Aly, A.A. and Górecki, T. "Green Chromatography and Related Techniques," Płotka-Wasylka, Justyna, and Jacek Namieśnik, eds. Green Analytical Chemistry: Past, Present and Perspectives. Springer, 2019.
  • Salim, Faten, Marios Ioannidis, Alexander Penlidis, and Tadeusz Górecki. "Modelling permeation passive sampling: intra-particle resistance to mass transfer and comprehensive sensitivity analysis." Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 21, no. 3 (2019): 469-484.
  • Salim, Faten, and Tadeusz Górecki. "Theory and modelling approaches to passive sampling." Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 21, no. 10 (2019): 1618-1641.


  • T. Górecki, M. Edwards, “Material comprising thermally modified polymeric organosilicon, method for preparing said material and the uses thereof”, Patent Application filed June 3, 2016.
  • T.A. McAlary, H. Groenevelt, S. Seethapathy, T. Górecki, “Low-uptake Waterloo Membrane Sampler for quantitative passive soil vapor concentration measurement”, US Patent no. 9399912, issued July 26, 2016.
  • T. Górecki, J. Poerschmann, “System for in-column pyrolysis”, German Patent DE 101 11 854.6, granted October 18, 2001.

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