Pawliszyn wins environmental chemistry award

Monday, November 19, 2012

Congratulations are in order for Faculty of Science researcher Janusz Pawliszyn on being awarded the prestigious Environment Division Research and Development Award. This annual Canadian award recognizes distinguished contributions to research and/or development in the fields of environmental chemistry or environmental chemical engineering. Professor Pawliszyn is being awarded for developing ‘green’ sample preparation technologies.

His contributions range from scientific leadership in environmental analytical chemistry, research excellence and innovation to commercialization of his inventions including his solvent free sample preparation and on-site sampling devices. He works in collaboration with industry in the promotion of these new analytical concepts relevant to environmental chemistry among industrial scientists and academics.  Most recently, Pawliszyn has established a very active joint research program with uWaterloo biology professor Mark Servos on the evaluation of in-vivo solid phase micro extraction (SPME) for non-lethal sampling of fish to estimate the environmental impact of pharmaceutical residues in the environment.  Pawliszyn has been working with regulatory agencies to develop approved solventless regulatory methods.  Presently he has joint projects with the Ministry of Labour and Health Canada which involve split sample analysis to demonstrate equivalence of his methods.

Professor Pawliszyn will be presented with the award next May during the 96thAnnual Canadian Chemical Conference & Exhibition in Quebec City.