James Harynuk

Associate Professor, Faculty of Science - Chemistry


Associate 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 experimental applications of electrochemistry. Includes examples of organic and inorganic analysis. Prerequisite: CHEM 102.

Fall Term 2020
CHEM 515 - Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Six week course on the methods and strategies used to measure trace levels of contaminants in complex environmental matrices, including air, water, soil, and biota. Topics may include sample handling and quality control, sample preparation and matrix effects, modern analytical instrumentation, measurement of reactive species, and online analysis techniques. Not open to students with credit in CHEM 419.

Winter Term 2021
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.

Fall Term 2020

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