The Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award was made to Professor Pawliszyn, whose research programme is focussed on the design of highly automated and integrated instrumentation for the isolation of analytes from complex matrices and the subsequent separation, identification and determination of these species. Currently his research concentrates on elimination of organic solvents from the sample preparation step to facilitate on-site monitoring and in vivo analysis. Several alternative techniques to solvent extraction are investigated including use of coated fibres, packed needles, membranes and supercritical fluids. Dr Pawliszyn is exploring application of the computational and modelling techniques to enhance performance of sample preparation, chromatographic separations and detection. The major area of his interest involves the development and application of imaging detection techniques.