Awards Received

Five awards for young analytical chemists from amsterdam

Young researchers of the Analytical Chemistry research group at the van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) earned a total of five awards at the 48th International Symposium on High-Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques.

HIMS PhD-candidate Pascal Breuer delivered the third-best pitch in the newly inaugurated Separation Science-Slam contest. Mimi den Uijl won the third prize in the new HPLC-Tube competition with her video Art and Chemistry in Amsterdam. Both the HPLC-Tube and the Science-Slam competitions featured for the first time at an HPLC symposium. These were introduced to reward communicative skills, which are of increasing importance according to the organizers. For scientists to succeed in this day and age, other qualities than just scientific excellence are required.

Noor Abdulhussain and Iro Ventouri also received well-earned poster awards. Noor Abdulhussain is another PhD-student in the STAMP project. However, in her poster she discussed a different subject, focusing on the discrepancies between the theory and practice of hydrodynamic chromatography. Dorina Adamopoulou made a significant contribution to this work, bringing in her expertise on computational-fluid dynamics.

Iro Ventouri works in the project Higher-Order Analysis (HOSAna) project lead by prof. Govert Somsen of the VU University Amsterdam. Iro is studying agglomerates of enzymes, mainly using field-flow-fractionation and light-scattering techniques in collaboration with DSM Delft (dr. Erwin Kaal).

Peter Schoenmakers receives 2019 Dal Nogare award

Peter Schoenmakers (HIMS/Analytical Chemistry) received the Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley Dal Nogare Award during the Pittcon Conference and Expo 2019.

This award is given each year to the individual who is an outstanding scientist in the field of chromatography. The awardee is selected on the basis of his or her contributions to the fundamental understanding of the chromatographic process.

ASAC Award for Peter Schoenmakers

Peter Schoenmakers (HIMS/Analytical Chemistry) will be awarded with the 2018 Fritz-Pregl Medal of the Austrian Society of Analytical Chemistry (ASAC) during the 32nd International Symposium on Chromatography ISC 2018.

This highest award of the ASAC will be given to scientists who have contributed outstanding developments in Analytical Sciences.

Throughout his career, Peter Schoenmakers has devoted his scientific enthusiasm towards separation sciences, and in particular, towards liquid chromatography theory and practice. His contributions and innovations advanced the field significantly and had high impact on the today’s standing of the large portfolio on separation technologies, essentially applied in all fields of chemistry, life science, environmental science, and materials science, among others.

Young Scientist Award for Bob Pirok

At the International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography in Riva del Garda (Italy), Bob Pirok won the Journal of Chromatography A Young Scientist Award for his MANIACal efforts on coupling incompatible systems and on efficient method development for one- and two-dimensional LC (the PIOTR program).

Bob Pirok wins Journal of Chromatography A Young Scientist Award at Riva

From left Alan Garcia Cicourel, Liana Roca, Bob Pirok, Gino Groeneveld, Pascal Breuer and Marta Passamonti (photographer: Jan Blomberg)

Bob Pirok wins Csaba Horváth Young Scientist Award 2017
The award was presented to Bob Pirok by jury member Prof. Attila Felinger

The award was presented to Bob Pirok by jury member Prof. Attila Felinger

At the HPLC2017 international symposium on high performance liquid-phase separations, held 18-22 June in Prague, PhD researcher Bob Pirok of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences has won the Csaba Horváth Young Scientist Award, an important prize in the field of Analytical Chemistry.

Pirok outcompeted nine other finalists with his lecture on “Extended multi-dimensional liquid-chromatography systems for comprehensive analysis of complex polymeric nanoparticles”. He presented the use of the novel, comprehensive MANIAC analysis method for the characterization of complex nanoparticles. MANIAC, an acronym for Making Analytically Incompatible Approaches Compatible, was developed at HIMS and CASA, the Centre for Analytical Sciences Amsterdam.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Sjoerd van der Wal
The award was presented to Prof. Van der Wal by Prof. Peter Schoenmakers

The award was presented to Prof. Van der Wal by Prof. Peter Schoenmakers. Photo: HIMS.

Sjoerd van der Wal, emeritus professor of Bioterials Analysis at the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, has been awarded the second ever 'SCM Lifetime Achievement Award' for his outstanding achievements in separation science. The award was presented to him at the Eighth International Symposium on the Separation and Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Macromolecules, held earlier this month in Amsterdam.

Sjoerd van der Wal is well known for his unique and in-depth view on separation based challenges and solutions. Both during his industrial and academic career he contributed to various developments in the field of separation science.
Van der Wal is internationally recognized for his in-depth knowledge of column-based separation, including the analysis of both small and large molecules by size-exclusion chromatography, (interactive) liquid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography and combinations hereof.

Professor Sjoerd van der Wal

Professor Sjoerd van der Wal. Photo: HIMS.

Sjoerd van der Wal graduated at the Separation Science Group of the University of Amsterdam headed by professor J.F.K. Huber. After obtaining his PhD (1977) he started his industrial career at Perkin Elmer but moved quickly to the US to work at the Technicon (New York) and Varian (California) companies. In 1986 Van der Wal returned to Europe to start at DSM Research (Geleen, The Netherlands), first as group leader HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography – Special Projects) and then as research fellow Chromatography. From 2003 up to his retirement in 2013 Van der Wal was principal scientist Chromatography at DSM Resolve. In 2006 he was named professor by special appointment of Bioterials Analysis at the Faculty of Science (Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences) at the University of Amsterdam.

Dr. Bert Wouters (CHIS) wins Solvay Award

microfluidic-chipThe 2016 “Solvay Prize” is awarded to Dr. Bert Wouters (promotor Prof. Dr. S. Eeltink) for his work on groundbreaking research on the development of a microfluidic chip for spatial three-dimensional liquid chromatography. The prize will be presented on October 23rd 2016 at the ceremony in Brussels during the “Public Lectures” day organized by the International Solvay Institutes.

Dr. Bert Wouters performed his PhD research in the BioAnalytical Separation Science group within the Department of Chemical Engineering at the VUB in collaboration with the Schoenmakers group of the University of Amsterdam. The aim of his research was to realize a novel multi-dimensional liquid-chromatography (LC) concept, i.e., comprehensive spatial three-dimensional (3D-)LC, which has unrivalled possibilities for high-efficiency LC separations. Therefore, a microfluidic chip was developed in which analytes migrate to different positions in a three-dimensional body.

Peter Schoenmakers wins CASSS Award

CASSS-awardThe CASSS award for outstanding achievements in separation science was presented to him during the HPLC2015 in Beijing, China.

CASSS recognizes a scientist’s outstanding contribution to the field of separation science and technology with particular consideration give to those who have developed new methods and techniques. Once a year, Directors, Associate Directors, and all previous CASSS award winners nominate a living person that meets the award citation requirements. The 20th annual award for life-long contributions to the field of separation science was awarded to Peter Schoenmakers. Peter held his CASSS Award Speech at the HPLC 2015 meeting in Beijing, China.

NanoCity 2015 Poster Award

Marta receives NanoCity 2015 Poster AwardMarta Mourao from the University of Amsterdam won the 3rd place poster award at NanoCity 2015 in Amersfoort for her poster entitled: “Can we use biomarkers in sputum for early diagnosis of Tuberculosis?”.
Marta’s poster was one of the five to be selected by a jury from a total of 200 posters.

Shimadzu Young Scientist Award

DSC_9920_DxOHPLC2015 Beijing was a fairly big conference, attended by some 625 scientists from about 30 different countries.

Young Scientist Awards were presented to four Chinese Scientists and to Bob Pirok from the UvA for exceptionally good presentations.

Bob Pirok presented a lecture about PIOTR, an attractive MatLab-based software Program for the Interpretive Optimization of Two-dimensional Resolution in liquid chromatography, which he created from scratch in a very short time this summer. Using the current version of PIOTR, the typical time needed for developing an LCxLC method can be brought down from 2 to 4 months to two weeks or less.

Csaba Horváth Memorial Award

At the Balaton Symposium on High-Performance Separation Methods, held from 2-4 sep 2015 in Siófok at Lake Balaton in Hungary, HIMS professor Peter Schoenmakers was awarded the Csaba Horváth Memorial Award, an honorable distinction in the field of separation science.

Csaba Horvath Memorial Award



Csaba Horváth Young Scientist Award

The 2015 Csaba Horvath Award winner presented at HPLC 2015 in Geneva, was Andrea Gargano from the University of Amsterdam with his lecture entitled “High-efficiency separations of peptides and proteins using actively modulated LCxLC-HRMS”.


HPLC 2015 Geneva poster award

Henrik Cornelisson van de Ven from the University of Amsterdam won the AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES BEST POSTER AWARD @ HPLC 2015 – Geneva for his poster entitled "In-Column-Focusing: Novel modulation approach in Two-dimensional liquid chromatography".