The Coming of Age of Peter Schoenmakers
Peter Schoenmakers will be know to many readers as a visionary scientist, generous collaborator, entertaining lecturer and enthusiatic dancer. He recently received the prestigous Dal Nogare Award at Pittcon and will mark his 65th birthday at HPLC 2019 in Milan. To celebrate, we asked some of his colleagues, mentors and students to share their memories of Peter over the years.
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Peter obtained his PhD in 1981 under the supervision of Leo de Galan in Delft, The Netherlands and Barry Karger in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, focusing on the modelling of gradient reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC). Wolfgang Lindner from the University of Vienna remembers these early days well: “I’ve known Peter for more than 40 years, since I was a postdoc at Barry Karger’s lab in Boston and Peter was there as guest student during his PhD. This stay at Barry’s lab had a influenced his whole life, as he met his wife Dana there!”
Afterwards, Peter started working for Philips Research in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Here, Peter continued to work on developing models for liquid chromatography (LC), but also entered the field of supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC). Hans-Gerd Janssen says, “At Philips Research in Eindhoven, Peter ran two large research projects. One developing an expert system for optimization in LC and the other exploring SFC. I worked as a young PhD student in Karel Cramers’ group on capillary SFC at Eindhoven University, just 5 km down the road. We decided to join forces and I spend half my time working with Peter at Philips. This really shaped my career – I sometimes wonder where I would have been without his guidance during those years.”
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