Dr. Pawliszyn’s Research Group

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
What the facility does

The group develops analytical chemistry sample preparation and methods.

Areas of expertise

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 services

Analytical chemistry

Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Clean technology
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Specialized lab



Liquid Chromatography

Thermo Excative LC-MS



Thermo TSQ Vantage LC-MS



Applied Biosystems API 400 LC-MS/MS



Applied Biosystems API 300 LC-MS/MS



Varian 500-MS LC-MS



Agilent-HP series 1100 HPLC-UV



Waters 600E HPLC-DA


Gas Chromatography

Agilent 7890-5975C GC-MS



Agilent 6890A-5973N GC-MS



Agilent 6890-5973 GC-MS



Agilent 6890A GC/LECO Pegasus GC-TOF-MS



Agilent 5890 Series II GC-FID



Thermo Trace GC Ultra GC-FID, NPD



Varian 4000 GC-MS



Varian CP-3800 GC-FID, TSD, ECD



Young-Lin-Acme 6000 Series GC/FID



Torion Tridion-9 portable GC-MS

Portable GC for in-field analysis

Other instrumentation

Capillary Electrophoresis Beckman P/ACETM MDQ



Capillary Electrophoresis Convergent Bioscience iCE 280



Ion Mobility Spectrometry Smiths SABRE 2000 portable IMS



Particle generator/sizer TSI SPMS 3936



PAS Concept 96-blade autosampler



Thermal desorption Torion High volume desorber


  • Supelco
  • Maxxam Analytics
  • Gerstel
  • PAS Technologies
  • Ministry of the Environment Ontario
  • Unilever
  • World Anti-Doping Agency
  • Toronto General Hospital