James Harynuk

Professor, Faculty of Science - Chemistry


Professor, Faculty of Science - Chemistry
(780) 492-8303
W3-03C Chemistry Centre - West
11227 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G2



BSc, PhD, University of Waterloo


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.


CHEM 211 - Quantitative Analysis I

Principles, methods, and experimental applications emphasizing solution phase equilibria, titrimetry, volumetric laboratory skills, evaluation of experimental data, and applications of electrochemistry to analytical measurements. Includes examples of organic and inorganic analyses. Prerequisite: CHEM 102.

CHEM 425 - Separations and Mass Spectrometry

Concepts and techniques in chromatography, mass spectrometry, and chromatography/MS combinations. Examples of modern instrumentation as well as applications to chemical, biochemical, and biomedical analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM 313.

CHEM 516 - Separations

Six week course on separations with topics that may include LC, GC, intermolecular forces, retention mechanisms, gradient elution, separation optimization, band broadening, HPLC modes-reversed phase, size exclusion, ion exchange, HILIC. Not open to students with credit in CHEM 425.

CHEM 616 - Advanced Separations

Six week course with topics that may include: multidimensional separations, ion chromatography, CE, biological HPLC, advanced sample preparation/introduction techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM 516.

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