The 39th International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques (HPLC 2013) was held
16–20 June in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for the second time. This instalment of "Column Watch" covers some of the technology
and application advances discussed at HPLC 2013. We review the overall liquid phase chromatographic trends, provide a summary
of the awards presented, and 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 16–20 June, 2013, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
for the second time, and for 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.
Co-chaired 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 could indicate that their economic crisis may be abating.
The venue for HPLC 2013 was the colossal RAI building, location for 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.
In this instalment of "Column Watch," I will present some additional scientific highlights of HPLC 2013. This report also
covers the various awards and honourary sessions that took place. Because it was virtually impossible for one person to adequately
cover all oral and poster papers, my coverage will somewhat reflect a personal bias, although I was able to get presentation
notes from some of my colleagues who are acknowledged at the end of this instalment.