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James Harynuk

Associate Professor

Science

Chemistry

About Me

BSc, PhD, University of Waterloo


Research

The need to understand the chemistry that is happening in and around us is pushing analytical chemists to develop new techniques. Some of the challenges facing us include increasing sample complexity and the need for faster analysis times with lower limits of detection. My interests lie in developing tools to meet these demands through the use of multidimensional separations techniques and advanced data handling tools.

Currently the research is focused on multidimensional gas-phase separations utilising comprehensive multidimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC), heart-cut (targeted) multidimensional GC (GC-GC), as well as advanced data handling tools for GC×GC and ones that permit GC×MS approaches using conventional GC-MS instrumentation.

These tools are aimed at several areas including health research and metabolite profiling, forensic sciences, petrochemicals, and environmental science. As well, there is ongoing research into the theory of multidimensional separations, and the nature of the structure-retention relationships that are observed in multidimensional separations.

There are currently openings at all levels, and funding opportunities abound for high calibre students.