Janusz Pawliszyn

Professor, Chemistry; Canada Research Chair and NSERC Industrial Research Chair in New Analytical Methods and Technologies

Research interests: solid phase microextraction; design of advanced integrated instrumentation for sample preparation, separation and detection


Professor Janusz Pawliszyn is the author of over 475 scientific publications and books on solid phase microextraction. His Hirsch Index (H-index) is 72. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada and Chemical Institute of Canada, editor of Analytica Chimica Acta, Trends in Analytical Chemistry and a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Separation Science and Journal of Pharmaceutical Analysis. He received the 1995 McBryde Medal, the 1996 Tswett Medal, the 1996 Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography Award, the 1996 Caledon Award, the Jubilee Medal 1998 from the Chromatographic Society, U.K., the 2000 Maxxam Award, the Alumni Achievement Award for 2000 from Southern Illinois University, the Humboldt Research Award for 2001, the 2002 COLACRO Medal, the 2008 A.A. Benedetti-Pichler Award from Eastern Analytical Symposium, and the 2008 Principal Manning Innovation Award, 2010 Torbern Bergman Medal from the Swedish Chemical Society, 2010 Marcel Golay Award, 2010 Ontario Premier’s Innovation Award, 2010 ACS Award in Separation Science and Technology, 2011 PittCon Dal Nogare Award and 2012 E.W.R. Steacie Award. He presently holds the University Professor, Canada Research Chair and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair in New Analytical Methods and Technologies.


  • PhD, Analytical Chemistry, S. Illinois University, 1982
  • MS, Organic Chemistry, Technical University of Gdansk, 1978
  • BSc, Engineering, Technical University of Gdansk, 1977

Janusz Pawliszyn


The primary focus of Professor 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. An important objective is the development and application of state-of-the-art, integrated and automated analytical methods and instrumentation, for on-site analysis and monitoring.

Many of the research projects target elimination of organic solvents from the sample preparation step to facilitate on-site monitoring and analysis. Several alternative techniques to solvent extraction are investigated including use of coated fibres, packed needles, membranes and supercritical fluids. Also of importance are the efforts in whole column imaging detection for protein and peptide separations in isoelectric focusing. The technology provides for dynamic imaging of the focusing process and better resolution by eliminating the need to mobilize the focused bands prior to detection.

Research Interests

  • SPME

  • BioSPME

  • SPME Cold Fibre

  • Thin Film Membranes

  • Thin Film Brushes

  • Thin Film and SPME Fibre

  • Needle Trap, Thin Film and SPME