Personal reasons are at the root of his decision. In his heart and soul, Palstra is more a scientist than a board member. In his own words: 'I miss the direct scientific interaction with colleagues, graduate students and undergraduate students.'
In the coming months, the UT must look for a successor for Palstra. After his term as rector, Palstra wants to use a sabbatical to refocus on the continuation of his work as a professor of materials chemistry.