Prof. Peter Q. Tranchida, Associate in Food Chemistry at the Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences, received the “GC×GC Lifetime Achievement Award” during the congress “43rd International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography & the 16th GC×GC Symposium” recently held in Fort Worth (Texas, USA), from 12 to 17 May. This award is presented annually to scientists of recognized expertise in the field of comprehensive multidimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC), who has carried out pioneering research in this branch of instrumental analytical chemistry. Furthermore, Prof. Tranchida was the first ever to receive both the “GC×GC Lifetime Achievement Award” and the “John Phillips Award”, the latter received in 2012 (at the “36th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography & the 9th GC×GC Symposium”). The “John Phillips Award”, named in honour of the inventor of “comprehensive” multidimensional gas chromatography, is presented annually to emerging researchers who have achieved outstanding results in GC×GC analyses. Comprehensive multidimensional gas chromatography is currently considered the most powerful analytical technique for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of volatile compounds contained in complex samples.
Prof. Tranchida has been working in the research group of Prof. Luigi Mondello since 2002 when he began attending the PhD course in Chemistry and Food Safety. In terms of scientific research, Prof. Tranchida is involved in the development of advanced methods of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry applied, in particular, in the food sector.