The 2015 edition of the 'Analytical Sciences Power List' compiled by the magazine 'The Analytical Scientist' again ranks Peter Schoenmakers at the seventh place. In a European perspective he holds the third position, as in the previous edition of 2013.
Peter Schoenmakers is professor of Analytical chemistry & Forensic Analytical Chemistry at the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences. Earlier he won the Knox Medal and the Csaba Horváth Memorial Award, both distinguished prizes in the Analytical Sciences.
The power list is a ranking of the 100 'most influential people in the analytical sciences'. It is based on a poll among the readers of the magazine and the visitors of its website. They were invited to submit three names of scientists, engineers, software developers or business leaders in the field of the analytical sciences. The list not only measures influence, but also indicates 'who are shaping the most used and innovative techniques today'.
In an interview in The Analytical Scientist Schoenmakers states that his research field of analytical separations is far from mature. 'There is a great need for better separations of all kinds of complex mixtures – and we need breakthroughs to fill these needs.' He thinks his group is in a good position to contribute to this, and expects young talented researchers from his group to appear in the soon to be published “Top 40 Under 40” list of The Analytical Scientist. Says Schoenmakers: 'We need excellent young scientists to bring the field further. Indeed, the "Top 40 under 40" is perhaps more important than The Power List…'