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Two COAST links to nominations for the final of the National Icon competition

The third edition of the National Icon competition attracted 55 entries, of which 10 were selected for the final. 
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BiosparQ and Smart*Light are among these 10 finalists.

At TU/e Smart*Light develops a compact and moveable high-brillance tuneable X-ray source for high-resolution material analysis. In this ‘table-top synchrotron’, the intense and coherent X-ray radiation is generated through ‘collision’ of laser light with a high-energy electron beam (Inverse Compton Scattering). Anticipated applications vary from medical diagnostics to chemistry, materials science and cultural heritage. The Smart*Light consortium consists of 12 partners in The Netherlands and Flanders, among which COAST.

COAST participant BiosparQ recently introduced an instrument for rapid and affordable diagostics of infectious diseases. The Cirrus D20, developed by BiosparQ, employs MALDI-ToF-MS on single cells to determine the bacterial composition within minutes after sampling. Using this method, very time-consuming steps, such as separation and culture, can be skipped and the bacteria can be analysed one-by-one. The method will have substantial added value for reduction of antimicrobial resistance. 

We congratulate both competitors with making it to the prestigious list of 10 nominees for the final round of the 2019 National-Icon competition and wish them great success. 

On Monday evening 23 September State Secretary Mona Keijzer will announce the three new National Icons in Amsterdam.

Let's hope for the best!

In Memoriam Prof dr Chris de Koster


This Monday (August 5th, 2019) Professor Chris de Koster passed away. Chris was an expert mass spectrometrist. He also acquired a great deal of expert knowledge on chemistry and materials while at DSM. From 2001 Chris worked on proteins and biosystems as Professor of Mass Spectrometry of Biomacromolecules at the University of Amsterdam. Before joining DSM, Chris studied in Utrecht, obtained his PhD in Leiden, and performed scientific research in Utrecht and at AMOLF (Amsterdam). 

Wherever Chris worked he left his mark and made many friends in the analytical community, thanks to his broad interest in science and in people. Chris was very sharp and often direct in scientific discussions, but always with a willingness to reconsider any position if good arguments were brought forward. Chris also had an inimitable sense of humour, and some of his famous phrases we will never forget. 

Chris was involved in COAST from the beginning. He was principal investigator in a complex TA-COAST research project on portable mass spectrometry, he was a dedicated educator and taught several Saturday courses in the ASTP program each year, until sickness prevented him from inspiring more students with his dynamic, insightful and enthusiastic presentations. 

The analytical community will greatly miss Chris de Koster.

Winners of Challenge 2038 meet State Secretary

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Earlier this year we asked the vocational Bachelor and academic MSc students in our ASTP and MSc+ talent programs to write as short article about (chemical) innovation (in the wider sense) for a newspaper in 2038 referring to developments in 2018. Our students were allowed to work in teams. They produced 23 articles which were later reviewed by a jury of Holland Chemistry (topsector Chemie). This jury selected 10 articles for publication on the back page of the Holland Chemistry Times of 4 December 2038. The newspaper was distributed during CHAINS 2018, the Dutch national conference on Chemistry As INnovating Science, to feature the contribution of chemistry to solve grand challenges such as those related to climate change, health and circularity. All authors of the top-ten received a day ticket for CHAINS from Holland Chemistry.

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Meet and Greet of three winners of Challenge 2038 with State Secretary Mona Keijzer (EZK)

As part of the top-ten a top-three of Challenge 2038 articles was selected and the authors were invited to pitch their articles during a short session at the Holland Chemistry Pavillion at CHAINS on 4 Dec. The authors of the top-three had a Meet and Greet with State Secretary Mona Keijzer (Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) on 5 December preceding the festive opening of the GoCHEM initiative. 

Please also read Winners of Challenge 2038 – names and articles (login required).

Chemometrics Lifetime Achievement Award for Prof. Dr. Lutgarde Buydens

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We are delighted to announce that Prof. Dr. Lutgarde Buydens, dean of the faculty of Science of Radboud University, COAST participant and board member, has been awarded the CAC2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lutgarde received the award at the Chemometrics in Analytical Chemistry Conference 2018 in Halifax, Canada for her exceptional work and important accomplishments in the field of chemometrics.

COAST congratulates five participants on their success in the NWO call Roadmap for Large Infrastructure

Recently NWO announced the results of the call “Nationale Roadmap voor Grootschalige Wetenschappelijke Infrastructuur 2017/8”. Five COAST participants were among the awardees.
  • Prof Thomas Hankemeier, Leiden University, is partner in the Netherlands X-omics Initiative. This initiative links genomics to proteomics and metabolomics.  
  • Prof Ron Heeren, Maastricht University, is partner in the Netherlands Electron Microscopy Infrastructure. The initiative sets out to make EM technology accessible to a wide range of scientists in various areas and to further innovate the technique, e.g through combination with mass spectroscopic ion microscopy. 
  • Prof Jos Oomens, Radboud University is partner in HFML-FELIX. This facility combines the free-electron laser producing intense infrared and THz radiation with the highest possible magnetic fields and thus allows investigation of matter under extreme conditions. 
  • Cosine en Micronit are partner in ATHENA. In the part of this program that is funded by NWO an X-ray camera and spectrograph are developed for the new European space telescope Athena. Cosine and Micronit will develop the extremely sharp X-ray mirror. 
We congratulate the COAST participants with their grants and wish them the best of success with their scientific and technological endeavors.
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