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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.

Presentation of the prize to Sjoerd van der Wal
The award was presented to Prof. Van der Wal by Prof. Peter Schoenmakers. Photo: HIMS.

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.