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Pat Sandra

Founder and Scientific Advisor, RIC group; Emeritus Professor Ghent University, Belgium

The decade’s most important development? The range of developments in mass spectrometry has been enormous in the last decade and has introduced analytical performance in all areas and for all disciplines that were unthinkable ten years ago.

Most exciting development or trend? As an emerged trend, I would like to mention the growing awareness of and interest in the importance of good sample preparation. More and more automated systems (robots) for different matrices and targets are described in the recent literature and are offered commercially. Much better precision, accuracy, reproducibility, ruggedness and instrumental performance are achieved by reducing or even eliminating human actions in the sample preparation step. Moreover, by optimizing and miniaturizing the sample preparation step, an important contribution is also made to the greening of analytical chemistry.

Controversial opinion? A quote without comment: there are far too many journals and far too many meetings in our field.

Part of the Power List 2017

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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