As we announced last week, Prof Peter Myers will be the next recipient of the Knox Medal, an award that honours individuals who deserve special recognition for the innovative and influential work in the field of separation science. Prof Myers began his career at Unilever Research (Port Sunlight, UK), but it was as Technical Director at Phase Separations that he revolutionised the field of HPLC stationary phases by showing that porous spherical silica particles could be reproducibly manufactured, classified, bonded and packed by methods still in use today. His work led to the development of Spherisorb, which went on to become the largest selling silica worldwide. His later work as a consultant for Waters directly contributed to the release of the first Alliance HPLCs, as well as the development of the Symmetry range and novel hybrid silicas, and the sub-2 μm silicas for use on the Acquity UPLC systems. Prof Myers’ innovative thinking extended to many areas of analytical measurements, including the design of portable, accurate electronic flow meters for HPLC, wide-ranging studies in microcolumn separations using gas, liquid and supercritical mobile phases, the development of pump-less HPLC wherein flow is driven centrifugally, and more recently, exploring alternatives to silica for stationary phase development.
In addition to his technical expertise and scientific inventiveness, Prof Myers is also a formidable scientific communicator, with over 70 scientific publications and a huge number of lectures and presentations at international conferences and symposia to his credit. To date, at least 32 PhD students have benefited from his supervision and advice, both at the University of Liverpool where he has his own research group and at numerous other universities across the UK. He has worked tirelessly for the separations community, organising the popular Desty Memorial Lecture meetings and generously giving his time and expertise to organising committees at various conferences and scientific interest groups around the world.
The SSG is honoured to add Prof Myers to the list of Knox Medal awardees, and look forward to the presentation of the award and Prof Myer’s Knox Lecture at HTC-15 in Cardiff, in January 2018. Given his unfailing ability to enthuse audiences with new ideas, and his extensive knowledge of all aspects of separation science, we anticipate an enjoyable and memorable Lecture!