Scientific prize

Pierre-Hugues Stefanuto, laureate of the 2020 John Phillips Award

Pierre-Hugues Stefanuto, researcher in the MolSys research unit (Faculty of Science) will receive the John Phillips Award for his research in separation science, a field of analytical chemistry. The award recognises a young researcher for outstanding contributions in the field of multidimensional gas chromatography.


ierre-Hugues Stefanuto is a first assistant in the organic and biological analytical chemistry laboratory (OBIACHEM) of Prof. JF Focant (MolSys research unit, Faculty of Science). He works in the field of analytical chemistry where he develops new Omics methods using chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry.

After working in forensic chemistry and industrial applications, his research focuses mainly on the analysis of medical samples. His objective is to better understand the biological processes involved in different diseases in order to develop new diagnostic approaches and new therapeutic routes.

Since 2019, he is also the co-organiser of a multidimensional chromatography workshop that brings together more than 250 scientists active in the field. In 2021, the workshop was organised virtually in Liège.

Pierre-Hugues Stefanuto's work since the beginning of his young career has now been rewarded with the John Phillips Award. This award will be presented to him during the 18th international GCxGC symposium that will take place virtually in June. The award is given in honour of Prof. John Phillips, the inventor of comprehensive multidimensional chromatography. It is awarded to a young researcher for outstanding contributions to the field of multidimensional gas chromatography.

Multidimensional chromatography

Multidimensional chromatography is an analytical method for the characterisation of complex samples. It is based on the combination of several independent separation dimensions, coupled in series. It is used in various fields, from the petroleum industry to the medical and forensic research.

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