SamplePrep Network Objectives

The Sample PreparationNetwork is the outcome of the EuChemS-DACStudy Group efforts to promote sample preparation. The Network consists of European Committee Members and welcomes as new regular members any individuals who subscribe to the objectives of the network and who are professionally engaged in or associated with sample preparation. The participation of prominent non-European experts was also anticipated, allowing transparency and dissemination of the European efforts.

The Sample Preparation Network has three Working Groups (WG) that closely collaborate and organize activities such as publications in scientific journals, articles, news, stories and events in specialized forums such as "LCGC" and "The Analytical Scientist" science magazines, courses, special sessions in conferences and other events and actions. The three WGs are:

WG1. Science and Fundamentals

WG2. Automation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

WG3. Information Exchange and Networking

Anyone interested in participating in these activities or in receiving news is welcome to become a regular member of the Sample Preparation Network. For more information on how to join the Sample Preparation Network click here.


The SamplePrep Network has European and International Committee Members.


European Committee Members of the Network

Elia Psillakis (Head of the Task Force and Network) is Professor in Water Chemistry at the School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece. She received her Chemistry degree from Universitè Montpellier II (France) and her PhD from the University of Bristol (U.K.). She was selected for a Fulbright Research Fellowship and used it at Caltech, USA. Her research activities focus on (i) understanding and applying sample preparation methods and (ii) monitoring the environmental fate of organic contaminants.

Mohamed Abdel Rehim, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Jonas Bergquist is Full Chair Professor in Analytical Chemistry and Neurochemistry at the Biomedical Centre, Department of Chemistry at Uppsala University, Sweden, Adjunct Professor in Pathology at the Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Utah, USA, and Distinguished Professor in Precision Medicine, Binzhou Medical University, Yantai, China. His group is continuously developing general analytical tools for molecular diagnostic screening and discovery of biomarkers of pathological states. Email: Jonas.Bergquist<at>

Carlo Bicchi has been Full Professor of Pharmaceutical Biology at the University of Torino since 1990. His main fields of research are development of analytical technologies for profiling and fingerprinting of biologically active secondary metabolites in vegetable matrices and food crops. Technologies include: Sample preparation; GC, GC-MS, Fast-GC, Multidimensional GC), Enantioselective GC, HPLC, HPLC-MS, SFE and SFC, Chemometric methods. He has authored or co-authored more than 280 publications and 350 oral presentations.

Cecilia Cagliero is an Assistant Professor in Pharmaceutical Biology at the Department of Drug Science and Technology of the University of Turin (Italy). She studied at the University of Turin where she obtained the BSc degree in Drug Chemistry and Technology in 2006 and the PhD in Science and High Technology in 2010. Her research is focused towards the development of advanced approaches for the characterization of volatile and nonvolatile fractions of plants.

Soledad Cárdenas is full professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Cordoba (Spain) where she is also served as vice chancellor for Academic Affaires and Competitiveness. Her research interest is focused on the development of new materials (e.g., monolithic columns) in the sample treatment context. Her research group has done several contributions to the development of new extraction techniques. Soledad is the coordinator of the Spanish Network on Sample Treatment which is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Innovation, Science and Universities.

Alberto Chisvert is Full Professor in Analytical Chemistry at University of Valencia (Spain). He has published more than 100 papers and book chapters, with an H-index of 26, and he has co-edited the book 'Analysis of Cosmetic Products' (Elsevier, 2007 (1st Ed.), 2017 (2nd Ed.)). He is Associate Editor for RSC Advances since 2018. His research focuses on new developments and applications of microextraction techniques, and cosmetic analysis.

Michal Ciborowski graduated Chemistry in 2003 (University of Bialystok, Poland) and obtained PhD in 2008 (Medical University of Bialystok - MUB, Poland). He did 2-years postdoc at the Centre for Metabolomics and Bioanalysis (CEMBIO), Spain. He leads Metabolomics Laboratory at the Clinical Research Centre of MUB. Research areas: application of metabolomics to study different diseases, development of new methods for metabolic fingerprinting of biological samples. He co-authored over 50 papers and 4 book chapters, h-index=15.

Frank David is Principal Scientist at the Research Institute for Chromatography (RIC) in Kortrijk, Belgium. He is the author of more than 100 scientific papers in different areas of separation science. His expertise includes capillary gas chromatography, supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC), GC-MS, multidimensional chromatography (GC-GC, GCxGC, LC-GC) and miniaturisation and automation of sample preparation. Frank David is also consultant for instrument manufactures and for industrial laboratories in environmental, petrochemical, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. 

Dr. Ahmet E. Eroğlu received his BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees from the Chemistry Department, METU, Turkey. After post-doctoral research in the Centre for Analytical Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK (1996-1998), he joined the Chemistry Department, İzmir Institute of Technology, Turkey (2000) and became a full professor in 2007. He studies on developing new materials (MIPs, sol-gels) for determination of various substances by chromatographic and spectrometric techniques after SPE/SPME pretreatment.

Gulay Ertas, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Trine Grønhaug Halvorsen, University of Oslo, Norway

José Manuel Herrero-Martínez is Full Professor at the Department of Analytical Chemistry. His current research interests involve the synthesis and characterization of novel stationary phases for separation techniques and sample treatment based on polymeric materials and composites.

Dimitra Lambropoulou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Elisabeth Leere Øiestad, University of Oslo, Norway

Maria Llompart is a Professor in Analytical Chemistry (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain). The primary focus of her research is the design and development of extraction procedures based on advanced (micro)extraction techniques for persistent and emerging pollutants in complex matrices (environmental, agricultural, food, cosmetics). She authored more than 150 articles (h-index:40), 12 book chapters, and supervised 16 PhD theses.

Rafael Lucena is a Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the Department of Analytical Chemistry and secretary of the Institute of Nanochemistry of the University of Cordoba (Spain). His main research interests on the sample treatment context are related to the development of new extraction techniques (like stir membrane extraction or effervescent assisted extraction), the application of new solvents (e.g., switchable solvents, ionic liquids) and the development of new sorbents (e.g., paper-based sorptive phases).

Piotr Młynarz, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland

Luigi Mondello is Full Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Messina, Italy. His research is focussed on the development of multidimensional chromatographic instrumentation and software (GC×GC, LC×LC, LC-GC×GC, LC-GC-GC-GC-prep.), coupled to state-of-the-art MS, for the study of complex matrices constituents and contaminants.

José Manuel F. Nogueira is Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (Portugal). He has been involved in the field of analytical separation science, with special emphasis on modern sample preparation approaches, mainly in innovative sorption-based microextraction techniques. Currently, publishes and is member of the editorial board of international scientific journals, integrates scientific committees of conferences and participates in research projects of the area

Francisco Pena-Pereira received his PhD (2009) in Chemistry from the University of Vigo (Spain) and the Habilitation (2018) in Chemistry from the Gdańsk University of Technology (Poland). At present, he focuses on the implementation of nanomaterials in miniaturized systems for analyte sensing at the University of Vigo (Spain) as distinguished researcher. He has published 61 scientific papers, 8 book chapters and 2 books (as Editor). His Hirsch-index is 28 (Scopus).


Verónica Pino is a Professor of the Chemistry Department (Analytical Chemistry Division) at Universidad de La Laguna (Spain) and leads the Laboratory of Materials for Chemical Analysis Research Group. Her research interests in analytical sample preparation include the development of novel liquid-based and sorbent-based microextraction approaches while including novel materials such as metal-organic frameworks, biopolymers, and ionic liquids and derivatives.


Giorgia Purcaro holds a degree in Food Science and Technology and a Ph.D. in Food Science at the University of Udine (Italy). She did her postdoc at the University of Messina and at Dartmouth College (USA) before being appointed as Analytical Chemistry professor at the University of Liége (Belgium). Main research topics: multidimensional separation techniques (LC-GC, GCxGC, LC-GCxGC); sample preparation; food contaminants (including MOSH&MOAH); volatiles analysis.


Victoria Samanidou is Full Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her research interests focus in the development of sample preparation methods using sorptive extraction prior to chromatographic analysis. Her h -index is 34 (Scopus ID 7003896015). She is editorial board member of more than 10 scientific journals and guest editor in almost 15 special issues

Danuta Siluk, Medical University of Gdańsk, Poland

Petr Solich is Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Faculty of Pharmacy, Charles University in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic. Currently serves as Vice-dean for strategic development and EU funds and Head of Analytical Chemistry Department. His research interests are automation of analytical procedures, chromatographic methods (monolithic columns) and modern sample-preparation methods, applied to pharmaceutical and bioanalytical analysis. He has published more than 250 research papers (h-index 39) with over 5000 citations and has been responsible for more than 25 research grants.


Lorena Vidal is Professor at the Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Food Science Department, University of Alicante, Spain. She received her degree in Chemistry (2004) and PhD in Chemistry (2009) from University of Alicante. In 2010, she received a grant for a postdoctoral research in Helsinki, Finland. Her research focuses on Green Analytical Chemistry, developing environmentally friendly methods for trace analysis based on liquid-phase and solid-phase (micro)extraction techniques.

Steven Wilson, University of Oslo, Norway

International Committee Members of the Network

Jared L. Anderson is the Alice Hudson Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University and also Faculty Scientist at Ames Laboratory. He was a faculty member at The University of Toledo from 2005 through 2015. Anderson’s research focuses on the development of stationary phases for multidimensional gas chromatography, alternative approaches in sample preparation, particularly in nucleic acid extraction, and developing analytical tools for trace analysis within active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Fabio Augusto graduated from the University of Campinas, Brazil (B.Chem., 1986; M.Sc., 1990 and D.Sc., 1996) and has been professor in the same institution since 1992. Since them, he also spent time as a research assistant at Prof. Pawliszyn group (University of Waterloo, Canada) and as invited researcher on Prof. Valérie Pichon group at ESPCI (Paris, France). His current research focus is the interfacing of microextraction techniques to Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas chromatography (GC×GC).

Purnendu K. (Sandy) Dasgupta is Professor and Hamish Small Chair at The University of Texas at Arlington, USA. His current research interests involve miniature analyzers, especially as they are used in challenging (including extraterrestrial) environments, means to study and reduce dispersion in small systems and liquid and ion chromatographic detection schemes with a small footprint that do not pay performance penalties for being small.


Emily Hilder, University of South Australia, Australia

Professor Fernando M. Lanças is full Professor and the leader of the Chromatography Group at the Institute of Chemistry, University of São Paulo at São Carlos, Brazil. Prof. Lanças advised ca. 130 Ph.D. and Master Thesis, published more than 300 papers, 20 chapters and 7 books.  His main research interest at the moment involves the full miniaturization and automation of online sample prep-chromatography-mass spectrometry, towards the Unified Chromatography. 

Maria Eugênia Costa Queiroz is Associate Professor at the Departamento de Química da Faculdade de Filosofia Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brasil. In 2000, she received a PhD in Analytical Chemistry (USP). In 2007, she worked at the University of Waterloo (Canada) during her international PhD project. Her research focuses on development of selective stationary phases, innovative microextraction techniques and on-line chromatographic techniques in combination with tandem mass spectrometry to determine drugs and biomarkers in biological samples from patients with neurodegenerative disorders.

Elena Stashenko, Universidad Industrial de Santander Bucaramanga, Colombia

Vania Zuin, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil