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Alexander Makarov

Director Global Research LSMS, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bremen, Germany; Professor of High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry, Utrecht University, The Netherlands; and Fellow, Royal Society, UK

Qualities of an innovative thinker? A combination of phantasy and erudition to think outside of the box but not far enough to drown in the ocean of unrealizable ideas…

Making the most out of your invention…The most important thing is to create a team behind your invention! This is one of the main reasons for me to stay in industry: a multi-talented and a very versatile extended team that allows one to bring ideas into thousands of laboratories.

Picking a problem… It is always difficult and error-prone to decide which battles to fight – and, like in any battle, you need a bigger strategic goal to guide your direction, but also resources and capability to tackle the immediate challenge.

Biggest challenge facing the field? When it comes to mass spectrometry, I think that the generally insufficient rate of hardware miniaturization and commoditization is limiting expansion of this otherwise excellent technique!

Controversial opinion? I believe that the promise of the scandalously failed Theranos startup (providing full clinical analysis from a single droplet of blood) is fully realizable now – if only an appropriate combination of compact mass spectrometry with other methods could be employed…

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Welcome to our annual celebration of the world’s most influential analytical scientists!

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The Top 100

This year we’ve returned to our Top 100 format for The Power List, showcasing the tremendous range of talent, ingenuity and leadership present across all corners of analytical science on a global scale.

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The Magnificent Tens

The Magnificent Tens
After 2016’s celebration of women in analytical science, we return to the Top 100 for 2017.
But there’s a twist. This summer, we asked you to nominate scientists in ten categories – from the stars of separation science, to omics explorers, to the mentors training the next generation.

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100 reasons to be proud

Welcome to The Power List 2015 – our second foray into the Top 100 most influential people in the world of analytical science. Though we realize our list can (and should) never be definitive, who can argue that the faces within – both familiar and new – do not beautifully highlight the brilliance and diversity found within our sometimes undervalued field?

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100 most influential people

That’s the question we posed to ourselves – and then to you – over two months ago, ahead of open nominations and a painstaking judging process. Here, without further ado, we celebrate the answer.

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