2015 CASSS Award for Outstanding
Achievements in Separation Science
This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the fields of separation science and technology. The award consists of $500, a plaque, an invitation to speak and reimbursement of travel expenses to the 43rd International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques (HPLC 2015) in Beijing, China. A nominee must have made an outstanding contribution to the fields of separation science and technology with particular consideration given to developments of new methods and techniques.
CASSS is pleased to announce that its 20th annual award for life-long contributions to the field of separation science will be awarded to Professor Peter J. Schoenmakers of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Professor Schoenmakers received all of his formal education at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands where he received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry. After graduation, he spent nine years at Philips Research Laboratories, first as a research scientist and then as the head of the Organic-Analytical-Chemistry group. In 1992 he took on the position of senior research chemist, and later group leader, principal research chemist and principal scientist at Shell Research and Technology Center. In 1998 he returned to the classroom, this time as an instructor at the University of Amsterdam where he is currently the chair of analytical chemistry.
One of Professor Schoenmakers' proudest accomplishments is his involvement as the Director of Education for TI-COAST. TI-COAST (Top Institute Comprehensive Analytical Science and Technology), was created in 2008 with the goal of including the strengthening of discipline-oriented research within analytical sciences in the Netherlands and increasing both the quality and quantity of analytical chemists trained in the country.
Professor Schoenmakers has conducted a great deal of research in the area of polymer separations, including size-exclusion chromatography, (interactive) liquid chromatography, comprehensive two- dimensional liquid chromatography, molecular-topography fractionation, matrix-assisted laser-desorption/ionization mass spectrometry, and pyrolysis gas chromatography - mass spectrometry.
During his career, Professor Schoenmakers has been a member of many committees and boards, and has served as editor of the Journal of Chromatography A. He has also chaired several international conferences, including the International Symposium on High-Performance Liquid-Phase Separations, for which he also serves on the Permanent Scientific Committee. Professor Schoenmakers has also published nearly 200 original papers on chromatography and other areas within analytical chemistry. He is the author of “Optimization of Chromatographic Selectivity”, which was published by Elsevier.
For his vast achievements, he has received a great deal of international recognition. A few of his numerous honors include the 2015 Eastern Analytical Award for Excellence in Separation Science, the 2011 Martin medal of the Chromatographic Society, and the 2014 John H. Knox Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2013 The Analytical Scientist named Schoenmakers seventh on the list of most influential analytical chemists in the world. While this year’s CASSS award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the field of separation science is his most recent recognition, it certainly will not be his last.
Additional Award Details
CASSS, which began in 1983 as the Bay Area Chromatography Colloquium honors its history with this award. Annually, it recognizes a scientist’s outstanding contributions to the fields of separation science and technology with particular consideration given to those who have developed new methods and techniques. This award includes a plaque, a small monetary award, and reimbursement of travel expenses to the symposium at which the award is presented. This award has a long tradition with the first being presented in 1995.
Once a year (typically in early Spring), Directors, Associate Directors, and all previous CASSS award winners are asked by the chair of the CASSS Academic committee to nominate a living person that meets the award citation requirements. Members of the CASSS Board of Directors are not eligible for nomination.
Selection of the winner:
Each Director, Associate Director, and all previous winners vote for every nominee in ranked order, starting with x (x = the total number of nominees) for their first choice. This means that each ballot must have a different number from x down to 1 associated with each candidate. The top candidate in each ballot receives 3 “bonus” points and the second candidate 1 “bonus” point in the final counting. The votes of those who do not assign all numbers as required are not accepted. The nominee with the highest number of points is the award winner. The winner is then asked by the chair of the academic committee to accept the award and is invited to come to the Bay Area. The award winner collects the award and gives a lecture at the Annual CASSS Award Dinner held in the Fall.