Rising Stars of Separation Science: Zhuoheng Zhou

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ColumnDecember 2023
Volume 19
Issue 12
Pages: 9–11

This month we talk to Zhuoheng Zhou from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium, about his focus on advancing instrumental and column technologies for modern chromatography and its applications in novel biopharmaceutical modalities and proteomics. We also spoke to him about his work developing a protocol to help with the design of polymer monolithic capillary columns.

Career Timeline:

2019: Received master’s degree, started PhD in engineering sciences, and awarded HTC-16 Tube Award in Ghent, Belgium

2020: Publication of Assessing Effects of Ultrahigh-Pressure Liquid Chromatography Instrument Configuration on Dispersion, System Pressure, and Retention

2023: Publication of A Protocol for Fabrication of Polymer Monolithic Capillary Columns and Tuning the Morphology Targeting High-Resolution Bioanalysis in Gradient-Elution Liquid Chromatography

Papers Mentioned in Interview

(1) Zhou, Z.; De Pra, M.; Steiner, F.; Desmet, G.; Eeltink, S. Assessing Effects of Ultrahigh‑Pressure Liquid Chromatography Instrument Configuration on Dispersion, System Pressure, and Retention. J. Chromatogr. A. 2020, 1634, 461660. DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2020.461660

(2) Zhou, Z.; Hilder, E. F.; Eeltink, S. A Protocol for Fabrication of Polymer Monolithic Capillary Columns and Tuning the Morphology Targeting High-Resolution Bioanalysis in Gradient-Elution Liquid Chromatography. J. Sep. Sci. 2023, 46, 2300439. DOI: 10.1002/jssc.202300439

Zhuoheng Zhou was trained as a chemist at Xiamen University (XMU) before he obtained his M.Sc. degree in analytical chemistry at the Environmental Research Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS). He then enrolled in Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and joined the Bio-Analytical Separation Science (BASS) group as a PhD researcher under the supervision of Sebastiaan Eeltink and Gert Desmet. He is currently conducting his postdoctoral research, which focuses on UHPLC instrumentation and microcolumn technology, and their application in environmental analysis, biopharmaceutical characterization, and proteomic profiling.

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