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At the HPLC2015 conference in Beijing, Bob Pirok of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences was awarded a Shimadzu Young Scientist Award. The PhD student from the Analytical Chemistry research group was the only non-Chinese recipient among five award winners.

Bob Pirok wins Young Scientist Award
Bob Pirok receiving his award at HPLC2015 Beijing.

During HPLC2015 in Beijing, held 21-25 September, some 625 scientists from about 30 different countries convened on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and related techniques.

Bob received the award for his lecture 'Optimizing LC√óLC Separations with Gradient Elution in Both Dimensions'. In this he introduced PIOTR, an attractive MatLab-based software Program for the Interpretive Optimization of Two-dimensional Resolution in liquid chromatography. 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. Bob created the software from scratch in a very short time this summer.

Bob is a PhD researcher in the Analytical Chemistry group of Prof. Peter Schoenmakers, which is part of the Centre for Analytical Sciences Amsterdam. 

Logo Maniac Project

He is working on the MAnIAC project: Making Analytically Incompatible Approaches Compatible. Bob explores the routes for top-down and bottom-up particle characterization and continuous degradation studies of (bio-) polymeric networks in micro-reactors. He is also investigating the compatibility of chromatography and NMR techniques. Another focus is the development of strategies for comprehensive, chemometric optimization of LCxLC separations with gradients in both dimensions.