Ninth International Symposium on the Separation and Characterization of Natural and Synthetic Macromolecules

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
30 January - 1 February 2019

SCM-9 brings together scientists, who share an interest in the separation and characterization of “large” molecules. It offers a platform for scientists to interact, to discuss subjects of mutual interest, and to discover new synergies.

SCM-9 is organized by a team from the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit, collaborating in the Centre for Analytical Sciences Amsterdam (CASA).



Conference photo gallery

SCM-9 will feature a limited number of plenary lectures by internationally renowned speakers, addressing subjects of broad interest. A larger number of keynote lectures will be presented by leading experts and there are many slots in the program for submitted oral presentations. SCM-9 also features tutorial lectures (intended to bring non-specialists up to date on important topics) and State-of-the-Art overview lectures (providing a detailed perspective). Posters are an essential aspect of the scientific program. They represent the best format to present specific studies and to discuss all aspects of the work with fellow experts.


Jessica DesportOne of the traditions of the SCM series of conferences is to have a talented researcher present the Young-Scientist-Award Lecture (YSAL) during the opening plenary session.
Based on the abstracts submitted, we selected Jessica Desport (see photo) from Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg. The abstract of her lecture can be found on the lectures page, oral programme, Wednesday.

Two highly informative and stimulating one-day short courses are preceding the conference.

  • Field-Flow Fractionation taught by Kim Williams and Myeong Hee Moon on Monday 28 January 2019
  • Polymer Separations taught by Taihyun Chang and Harald Pasch on Tuesday 29 January 2019
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Plenary and keynote lectures

  • Taihyun Chang, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea
  • Patrice Castignolles, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • Garry Corthals, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Sinéad Currivan, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • Jana Falkenhagen, BAM, Germany
  • Marion Gaborieau, Western Sydney University, Australia
  • Andrea Gargano, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Gert-Jan Gruter, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Krisztian Horvath, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary
  • Rob Haselberg, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Wolf Hiller, Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany
  • Albena Lederer, Leibnitz IPF, Germany
  • Heather Leslie, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • David Meunier, Dow Chemical, USA
  • Meyong Hee Moon, Yonsei University, South Korea
  • Harald Pasch, University Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Bob Pirok, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Antje Potthast, BOKU, Austria
  • Agnès Rolland-Sabaté, Université Avignon, France
  • Bastiaan Staal, BASF, The Netherlands
  • Jaap van der Weerd, Netherlands Forensic Institute, The Netherlands
  • Manfred Wilhelm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Kim Williams, Colorado School of Mines, USA
  • Kelly Zhang, Genentech, USA

State-of-the-art overview lectures

  • Yefim Brun, DuPont, USA
  • Laurence Charles, Aix-Marseille, France
  • Gert Desmet, VU Brussels, Belgium
  • Petra Mischnick, TU Braunschweig, Germany
  • Govert Somsen, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • André Striegel, NIST, USA


  • Deirdre Cabooter, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Wolf Hiller, Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany
  • Frederic Lynen, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Niall Macdonald, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Ron Peters, DSM Coatings, The Netherlands
  • Stepan Podzimek, Wyatt Technology Europe, Germany
  • Wolfgang Radke, PSS, Germany
  • Zoltán Takáts, Imperial College London, UK
  • Elena Uliyanchenko, Sabic, The Netherlands


Organizing Committee

Peter Schoenmakers (UvA Amsterdam)
Eva de Rijke (UvA Amsterdam)
Rob Haselberg (VU Amsterdam)
Arian van Asten (UvA Amsterdam/NFI)
Govert Somsen (VU Amsterdam)

Tom Aalbers (UvA Amsterdam)
Peter Verschuren (UvA Amsterdam)
Andrea Gargano (UvA and VU Amsterdam)
Alina Astefanei (UvA Amsterdam)

International Scientific Committee

Patrice Castignolles (Australia)
Garry Corthals (The Netherlands)
Gert Desmet (Belgium)
Albena Lederer (Germany)

Petra Mischnick (Germany)
Wolfgang Radke (Germany)
André Striegel (USA)

Industrial Advisory Board

Wim Genuit (Shell)
Hans-Gerd Janssen (Unilever)
Erwin Kaal (DSM Life Science)
Edwin Mes (Dow Chemical)

Ron Peters (DSM Coatings)
Indra Purmová (AkzoNobel)
Bastiaan Staal (BASF)
Elena Uliyanchenko (Sabic)



Logo Rhone

Rhone Events & Congrescenter
Rhôneweg 12 - 14
1043 AH Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Lecture room


Rhone Events & Congrescenter is just a few minutes walk from the Amsterdam Sloterdijk railway station. Parking space in the area is free but sometimes scarce.

Map with directions from the railway station.

More directions can be found here.


Amsterdam by nightAmsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. The current position of Amsterdam as capital city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is governed by the constitution of 24 August 1815 and its successors. Amsterdam has a population of almost 800,000 within city limits.

Its name is derived from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city's origin: a dam in the river Amstel. Settled as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading centre for finance and diamonds. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the city expanded, and many new neighbourhoods and suburbs were formed. The many well-preserved 17th century canals (in Dutch: 'Grachtengordel') located in the heart of Amsterdam, were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2010 and make Amsterdam one of the most attractive cities in Europe.

Beside the canals Amsterdam's main attractions are the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, and Amsterdam Museum.

Furthermore Artis Royal Zoo, Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam and Felix Meritis cultural centre are worth a visit. Close to Dam Square, the Royal Palace is open to the public except on Mondays, which contains some impressive architecture, and guided tours are available.


While winters in Amsterdam are not especially harsh, expect cold temperatures and precipitation (mostly rain; snow is infrequent). January is typically the coldest month of the year in Amsterdam, with an average maximum temperature of 5 or 6 degrees, and an average overnight minimum of 0 degrees. The daily weather is often changeable, on rare occasions, spells of easterly winds may bring sub-zero temperatures and frequent snow cover, while other days can be mild, wet and largely snow free.



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