Dr. James Harynuk
Alberta Ingenuity New Faculty
After completing my undergraduate degree in Environmental Chemistry at the University of Waterloo in 1999, I joined the newly-formed research group of Tadeusz Górecki also at the University of Waterloo. There we were the first Canadian researchers to begin studying this new and exciting field of comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC). Over the course of my graduate work, I developed several modulators for GC×GC and invented a new mode of operation for GC×GC, termed stop-flow GC×GC, and conducted the first systematic studies into column overloading effects in GC×GC.
I finished my PhD in December of 2004, and in January 2005 I took up a position with the Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia working with Philip Marriott. While there I continued studies into GC×GC applications and theory. We introduced the use of short primary columns for fast GC×GC and simultaneously became the first group to use cold-on-column injection for a GC×GC separation. We also introduced the concept of the Modulation Ratio – a term that relates the width of a peak eluting from the first dimension to the modulation period. This allows one to quickly and easily evaluate the extent of modulation in a separation and compare the modulation between separations.
In May 2007, I found myself here at the University of Alberta, starting up a new laboratory with one summer student (Andrew Kwong), and in the fall of 2007 we actually became an official group with one undergraduate (Justin Anderson) and three graduate students (Aleisha Rosse, Bryan Karolat, and Nikolai Sinkov).