Call edition 2012
A new edition of the Prize of the Belgian Development Cooperation has been launched. This call is open until March 31st, 2011. You can read in the regulations whether you comply with the criteria for participation.
1) Method Development for Separation of Active Ingredients in Cold Medicines by Micellar Electrokinetic Chromatography
2) Simultaneous Determination of Paracetamol and Chlorpheniramine Maleate by Micellar Electrokinetic Chromatography
3) Quantitative Analysis of Aglycone Quercetin in Mulberry Leaves (Morus alba L.) by Capillary Zone Electrophoresis
4) Quantitation of Vitamin C Content in Herbal Juice Using Direct Titration
5) Capillary Electrophoresis of Phytochemical Substances
This prize-winning work deals with drug analysis by means of capillary electrophoresis as separation technique. Separation techniques are techniques that are used to find out how much there is of a particular compound in all kinds of things like medicines, food, drinking water, the environment, and so forth. This work was carried out in Thailand. The quality of medicines is an important factor in the development of a country and its population. It is most important that in the country itself there should be the human potential to carry out quality controls on medicines. Through both her career and the articles she has submitted the prize-winning candidate has shown clearly that she puts her education, talents and energy at the service of aims that are useful to her country. This work is thus highly relevant to development.
Moreover it contributes to raising an awareness of the importance of quality control of phytochemicals (products of vegetable origin). Such products can be of benefit to public health at a lower cost, but they should also be sufficiently controlled and standardized. Among the articles written by Ms Suntornsuk is a survey dealing with the analysis of vegetable substances by capillary electrophoresis, which was appreciated by the scientific world, as the citations show.
In addition, the simplicity of the technique makes part of the work eminently suitable for carrying out in less well-equipped laboratories in developing countries. It is to Ms Suntornsuk’s credit that she succeeded in bringing this work to a good conclusion in her homeland and that the results were published in journals that work with independent judges of the articles submitted.
report by Prof. Dr A. Van Schepdael, Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Drug Analysis, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium