On February 3rd at HTC-12 / HTSP-2, a surprise party was organized for Professor Pat Sandra, who is retiring from Ghent University. A large number of scientists attended—friends, colleagues and coworkers from the many projects Pat has been involved with over the past 30 years. Famous chromatographers like Jacques Rijks, Carel Cramers, Milosz Novotny, and many others participated and offered stories.
Peter Myers shared a funny overview of Pat’s special preferences and also performed a song with the support of a famous choir (photo 1).
Pat received an award from the Pfizer group for his role in the Pfizer Research Center and the many students that have graduated under his coaching.
On behalf of Restek, Pat also received a Star Award for his contributions to the separation sciences and for inspiring young people to grow and innovate (photo 2).
For Pat, it was difficult to find the right words after being placed so suddenly in the spotlight, but he greatly appreciated the gesture. In his speech, Pat said he was looking forward. “I am quite ambitious,” he shared, “and I will continue with a new company called ‘PasaTiempo’.” The “Pasa” refers to “Pat Sandra” and “Tiempo” to time. Pat promised to look into technologies that others “forget” or “do not want to think off.” After all, Pat has always explored the gaps that often exist and that can open completely new insights in the separation sciences.
It was a very appropriate reception for a scientist that has made firm contributions to the science of microseparation technologies. We hope to keep seeing Pat and his wife Martina at future meetings and wish him luck.