The 39th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques (HPLC 2013) was held
June 16–20 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for the second time. Part I of this coverage reviewed some of the technology and
application advances discussed at HPLC 2013 as well as the overall liquid-phase chromatography trends. A summary of the awards
presented was also provided. In part II we discuss the column technology highlights observed at the symposium.
The 39th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques, which alternates between
Europe and North America with occasional side meetings in Australasia, was held June 16–20, 2013, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,
for the second time and the third time in Holland. More affectionately known as HPLC 2013, the symposium is the premier scientific
event for bringing together the myriad techniques related to separations in liquid and supercritical fluid media. Cochaired
by Professors Peter Schoenmakers and Wim Kok of the University of Amsterdam, HPLC 2013 assembled more than 1500 participants
from all over the world. This number includes vendor representatives from 55 exhibitors for the three-day instrument, software,
and consumables exhibition. The number of conferees was the highest in recent years for this series, with an especially high
attendance from European countries, which may indicate that their economic crisis may be abating.
The venue for HPLC 2013 was the colossal RAI building, the location of many Dutch and European exhibits and conferences. The
five-day-plus event had a total of 168 oral presentations, perhaps a new record, in plenary and parallel sessions and a whopping
945 posters in sessions with 36 different themes. Lunch was served on-site as part of the registration fee, so conferees didn't
have a time-consuming search of restaurants in the area and could focus on science. With an ample social event schedule including
three receptions and a symposium dinner and party, 18 vendor workshops, 20 tutorial educational sessions, and four short courses
(held during the previous weekend), attendees had their hands full deciding how to allocate their time. The tutorials were
particularly well attended and covered current topics such as monoliths, micro- and nanofluidics, hydrophilic interaction
liquid chromatography (HILIC), columns and stationary phases, various liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC–MS) topics,
applications (environmental, residues, lipidomics, chiral), and comprehensive LC.
This installment of "Column Watch" is part II of my HPLC 2013 coverage. Here, I discuss the column technology highlights observed
at the symposium. In part I (1), I presented some scientific highlights of HPLC 2013 and covered the various awards and honorary
sessions that took place. Because it was virtually impossible for one person to adequately cover all oral and poster papers,
my coverage somewhat reflects a personal bias, although I was able to get presentation notes from some of my colleagues, who
are acknowledged at the end of this installment.