Restek Presents Star Award to Pat Sandra at His HTC-12 / HTSP-2 Retirement Party

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.

Photo 1 (left to right): Peter Myers, Carel Cramers, Hernan Cortes, James Jorgenson, and Milosz Novotny

Photo 1 (left to right): Peter Myers, Carel Cramers, Hernan Cortes, James Jorgenson, and Milosz Novotny

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.

Photo 2: Jaap de Zeeuw handing over the Star award to Professor Sandra on behalf of Restek Corporation

Photo 2: In recognition of Pat’s many contributions and inspirations in the field of chromatography, Jaap de Zeeuw presents the Star award to Professor Sandra on behalf of Restek Corporation.

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.

Photo 3: Pat Sandra and his wife Martina.

Photo 3: Pat Sandra and his wife Martina.

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.