7. Gert Desmet
The Power List 2019 – Top 20
Full Professor & Department Head, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
Career highlight: On the scientific side, my work on shear-driven chromatography and development of the kinetic plot method; on the professional side, my appointment as Associate Editor to Analytical Chemistry and receipt of an ERC Advanced Grant.
Best advice received: My PhD supervisor and then department head told me to “stay away from university politics as best you can and focus fully on the research. If you’re research is successful, you’ll get things achieved without having to lobby for them anyway.”
Nominator comment:“When I have a separation question, I do what everybody does… I ask Gert Desmet!”