Water Institute members collaborate and win 'Best Paper' of 2018 in ES&T Letters

Monday, April 8, 2019

Janusz Pawliszyn, Mark Servos

Professor Janusz Pawliszyn, Professor Mark Servos

Water Institute members Janusz Pawliszyn, professor in Waterloo’s Department of Chemistry, and Mark Servos, professor in the Department of Biology, will receive special recognition at next week’s American Chemical Society (ACS) Annual Meeting for publishing one of the best papers of 2018 in “Environmental Science and Technology Letters.” 

“This is a great honour for my colleagues and I,” said Pawliszyn. “This paper is a result of a very productive, interdisciplinary collaboration between the Departments of  Chemistry and Biology at the University of Waterloo.”

The paper, titled Metabolome Profiling of fish muscle tissue exposed to Benzo[a]pyrene using in vivo Solid-Phase Microextraction,” uses the novel analytical technique in vivo solid-phase microextraction to assess changes in biochemical pathways in living fish exposed to the environmental pollutant benzo[a]pyrene. This technique could be used as a powerful tool for direct monitoring of the toxicological effects of contaminants in living systems.

Each year, the Board of Environmental Science and Technology Letters reads and ranks approximately 100 papers that the Associate Editors identified as exceptional contributions. Papers are selected based on the quality of the science, the impact of the findings, and the overall level of interest of their readers based on many factors including downloads, news stories, citations, and whether the paper was selected as an Editor’s Choice.


Roszkowska, A. M. Yu, V. Bessonneau, L. Bragg, M. Servos, J. Pawliszyn.Metabolome Profiling of fish muscle tissue exposed to Benzo[a]pyrene using in vivo Solid-Phase Microextraction. Environmental Science & Technology Letters 2018 5(7):431-435

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