The Power List 2021
Professor and Director, Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Chemo- and Biosensors, University of Regensburg, Germany
Controversial opinion? Innovation cannot be limited to making analytical methods more specific and more sensitive; we also must innovate to lower their cost of fabrication and simplify their use and assay steps. This is not an engineering task, but it is at least as important a task for the analytical chemist as it involves finding new principles, new materials, and new strategies.
In another life… I would be a bioengineer to sustainably generate new products or to assist in smartly cleaning up environmental pollution through the help of bacteria. I can also see myself as a medical doctor with an office in my hometown – wishing that analytical chemists came up with better rapid tests to support my taking care of my patients!