The Austrian Society of Analytical Chemistry (ASAC) has announced that Prof. Peter Schoenmakers of the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences will receive the 2018 Fritz-Pregl Medal. This highest ASAC award honours scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the analytical sciences.
The award will be presented to Peter Schoenmakers at the 32nd International Symposium on Chromatography, held 23-27 September in Cannes-Mandelieu, France.
In an announcement at the conference website, ASAC mentions that 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 have advanced the field significantly. Moreover, they are of high impact on 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.
Peter Schoenmakers is professor of Analytical Chemistry & Forensic Science and scientific director at the University of Amsterdam's Van 't Hoff Institute of Molecular Sciences (HIMS). He has consistently been ranked among the top of the ‘Analytical Sciences Power List’ that is bi-annually published by the Analytical Scientist magazine. In 2016, Schoenmakers was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant to develop new high-performance separation technology capable of separating up to a million chemical compounds overnight. In 2015, Schoenmakers was awarded the CASSS Award by the International Society for Separation Science and the Csaba Horváth Memorial Award by the Hungarian Society for Separation Sciences. In 2014, the British Royal Society of Chemistry presented him with the Knox Medal and in 2011, he was awarded the Martin Medal by the Chromatographic Society.
The award is named after the Austrian chemist Friedrich Michael Raimund Pregl, recipient of the 1923 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Pregl pioneered the field of Microchemical Methods, which are very closely related to analytical chemistry and analytical sciences. Fritz Pregl is the doyen of the Austrian analytical chemists.