Prof. Giorgia Purcaro

Dr. Georgia Purcara

Dr. Giorgia Purcaro is currently working as R&D Director at Chromaleont srl. Italy. She was an assistant professor at the Department of Food Science at the University of Udine from 2012- to 2015.  She received a degree in Food Science and Technology at the University of Udine in 2002, with a thesis Entitled "Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons contamination in olive oil from Puglia: analytical method development and preliminary results ".  She received her PhD in Food Science at the University of Udine in 2008, with a thesis Entitled "Environmental and processing contamination with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in foods: occurrence and development of dedicated and innovative methods".  Since 2008 she has operated in the laboratories of Professor L. Mondello at the University of Messina, where she Develops comprehensive chromatography methods (GC x GC, LC x GC), with different interfaces and detection systems, for the investigation of natural complex food matrices. 

Her research interests include food contaminants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, mineral oil, and phthalates) and development of conventional chromatography techniques (HRGC-FID, HRGC-MS, HPLC-UV, HPLC-FLD), as well as comprehensive ones chromatography (GC x GC, LC-GC, LC x GC).  She studies the potential of a novel flow modulator as GC x GC interface and the capabilities of the quadrupole mass spectrometer for GC x GC detection. More recently her attention has been focused also to food quality and authentication issues. She has investigated the volatile aromatic fraction of different food samples using solid-phase microextraction followed by GC×GC-MS analysis. More recently her attention has been focused on olive oil authentication problems studied by considering the fingerprint of the volatile fraction of different oils by applying flavoromic and sensomic approaches along with GC×GC-MS techniques. She also started working with an innovative prototype of a nanoLC coupled with an electron impact MS.

Up to March 2016 Dr. Purcaro has co-authored 52 articles in international journals and 8 book chapters published by international editors.  She was co-author for 2 Contributions to the Chromedia (Chromatography Knowledge Base) online edition.  She has been co-author of over 100 oral presentations and won the best poster award in 2007 at the 5th Euro Fed Lipid Congress in Gothenburg (Sweden), and at the 23rd National Congress in Analytical Chemistry in 2010 in Como (Italy).  She won a scholarship sponsored by Johnson & Johnson in 2010 to participate in the International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography, and International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques for Sample Preparation, in Bruges (Belgium).  She has an H-index of 17 (Source: Scopus).


  • Awarded with the Lerici award for the best PhD thesis in the field of Food Science and Technology (2009). - Awarded with the Leslie Ettre award 2010 at the 34th International Symposium of Capillary Chromatography & 7th GC×GC Symposium, 30 May- 4June, 2010, Riva del Garda, Italy.
  • October 2014: Included in the list “top40under40” published in the magazine “The Analytical Scientist” in 2014.
  • Winner of the John Phillips award, awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of GC×GC analysis in Prof. Phillips' honor. Awarded at the 39th International Symposium of Capillary Chromatography & 12th GC×GC Symposium, 16-21 May, 2015, Fort Worth, Texas (USA).

AOCS Press Chapter

  • G. Purcaro, P.Q. Tranchida, L. Mondello, Comprehensive 2D GC Methodologies for the Analysis of Lipids, in: Extreme Chromatography – Faster, Hotter, Smaller, Eds William Craig Byrdwell and Michal Holčapek, pp.381-430; ISBN 978-189399766-0 (2011, AOCS Press, Urbana, IL 61802)