OUR Team

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Project Seed Students

Visiting Scholars


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Principal Investigator
Dr. Emanuela Gionfriddo
Assistant Professor 

Dr. Gionfriddo received her B.Sc. (2008) and M.Sc. (2010) in Chemistry and her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry (2013) at University of Calabria (Italy). She joined Prof. Pawliszyn’s group at the University of Waterloo (ON, Canada) in 2014 as Post-Doctoral Fellow and manager of the Gas-Chromatography section of the Industrially Focused Analytical Research Laboratory (InFAReL), and in 2017 became a Research Associate.

Since January 2018 she joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Toledo (Ohio, U.S.A.) as an Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry


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Toledo, Ohio, 43606-3390

Office: 419 530 1508

Fax: 419 530 4403

Appointments and activities

2020 - present: Attorney General Yost's Environmental Council of Advisors, Ohio Attorney General Office , Columbus, OH

2020 - present: Counselor of the Executive Committee of the Analytical Chemistry Subdivision of the American Chemical                                Society on Chromatography and Chemical Separations

2020 - present: Local organizing committee member of the 45th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography &
                          the 18th GCxGC Symposium
, May 9th-14th 2021, Forth Worth Texas

2020 - present: University of Toledo Water Taskforce member

2020 - present: Diversity and Inclusion Committee member, UToledo College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 

2019 - present: Founding member of the Dr. Nina McClelland Laboratory for Water Chemistry and Environmental Analysis 

2019 - present: University of Toledo Institutional Co-Coordinator of ACS Project SEED

2018                : Local organizing committee member of the 20th International Symposium on Advances in Extraction                                        Technologies (ExTech), June 19 – 22, 2018, Iowa State University 


Graduate students


Ph.D. Student

Nipunika comes from Sri Lanka, she completed her B.Sc. in Chemistry (2015)  at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. She started her Ph.D. at the University of Toledo in Summer 2018, her work focuses on the development of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) methods for determination of contaminants and drugs in biological fluids by both liquid- and gas- chromatography.

email: nipunikadhanukshi.Hirimuthugodage@rockets.utoledo.edu

office:  419-530-1523



Ph.D. Student

Ronald (Ronnie) comes from Lucasville (Ohio), he completed his B.Sc. in Chemistry and Natural Sciences in 2018 at Shawnee State University,  with a double major in Chemistry and Geology. His work focuses on applications of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and thin film microextraction (TFME) for contaminants analysis in environmental matrices.

email: Ronald.Emmons@rockets.utoledo.edu

office:  419-530-1523



Ph.D. Student

Abigail comes from Nigeria. She completed her B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry (2014) at Covenant University,  Nigeria and her M.Sc (2017) at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She started her Ph.D at the University of Toledo in Spring 2020. Her work focuses on environmental applications of SPME .

email: aghogho.olomukoro@rockets.utoledo.edu 

office:  419-530-1523

UnderGraduate students
We always welcome enthusiastic and dedicated undergraduate students that want to have a productive research experience.  
We will provide the necessary training and support, we expect commitment and enthusiasm.
For more info on undergraduate summer research funding opportunities click here 
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Undergraduate Researcher


Jayla is a Chemistry major, her research project focuses on studying the sorption properties of natural polymers. Jayla was awarded the First Year Summer Research Experience grant from the Office of Undergraduate Research of the University of Toledo


Undergraduate Researcher


Tue is a Chemical Engineering Junior, her research focuses on the development of green analytical methods for  environmental biomonitoring based on SPME-LC-MS/MS

Visiting sCholars
Scholars, who currently have their own funding source, and interested in visiting our group are encouraged to contact Dr. Gionfriddo for further information regarding current research projects. 
 Applications from individuals with prior experience in analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, food analysis, bioclinical analysis, metabolomics, chemometrics, separation science and sample preparation are particularly welcome.  
FORmer Group Members
  • Kayla Billiard (2019-2020) - Undergraduate researcher 
  • Amanda R. Dershem (2020) - Visiting Undergraduate researcher - Sienna Heights University 
  • Isaac Kim (Project SEED 2019-2020) - current NorthWestern University student
  • Matthew R. Stojsavljevic (2019) - Undergraduate researcher 
  • Giuseppe Gentile (2019)- Visiting M.Sc. Student- University of Calabria (Italy)
  • Kaitlyn R. Craft (2019) - Undergraduate researcher 
  • Rachel Avina (2018)- High School Research Volunteer - Current Stanford University student
  • Elijah Long (Project SEED 2018)

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