Palstra stops as rector

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Thom Palstra will retire at the end of this year as rector magnificus of the UT, after a term of four years. The plan is to officially hand over his duties to his successor at the dies natalis on 27 November.

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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.