Issue Date: January 8, 2018
ACS Award in Chromatography: Janusz B. Pawliszyn
Citation: For the invention, development, and commercialization of universal, ultraviolet, and fluorescence modes of whole-column imaging detection technology.
Current position: professor of chemistry and Canada Research Chair, University of Waterloo
Education: B.S., engineering, and M.S., bioorganic chemistry, Technical University of Gdansk; Ph.D., analytical chemistry, Southern Illinois University
Pawliszyn on what gets his creative juices flowing: “Designing analytical technologies that facilitate reducing the footprint of human activities on Earth. This means developing ethical, miniaturized tools that eliminate use of toxic solvents and reagents and allow on-site screening—reducing the amount of resources required to make analytical measurements.”
What his colleagues say: “Janusz has impacted the field of chromatography incredibly, in particular in methods for quantitative and qualitative analysis of trace compounds. As one outstanding example of his contributions to the field, he invented the solid-phase microextraction technique in the late 1980s. This technique has now grown into a preconcentration method that is used in a large range of chromatographic methods, including environmental, forensic, bioanalytical, as well as clinical studies.”—Susan V. Olesik, Ohio State University
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