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Prof.dr. Aldrik Velders (1970) studied Chemistry at the Utrecht University (Solid-state chemistry) and at the University of Pavia in Italy (Supramolecular Chemistry). He obtained his PhD degree in 2000 from Leiden University (metal-containing antitumor compounds), and was visiting scientist in the group of Prof. Enzo Alessio in Trieste (I). He spent his post-doc years in Italy at the Centre for Magnetic Resonance under guidance of Prof. Bertini and Prof. Luchinat (Florence) and as Marie Curie Fellow at Molteni Farmaceutici (Scandicci). In 2004 he started as assistant professor in the SupraMolecular Chemistry and Technology group of prof. David Reinhoudt at the University of Twente, also heading the NMR & MS department. In 2009 he became associate professor and in 2011 moved to the BioMedical Chemistry group. In 2012 he moved to Wageningen University where he holds the chair of BioNanoTechnology. AV has published over 80 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and books. His research interests go from supramolecular chemistry in solution and at interfaces, to (bio)nanotechnological applications of microfluidics. Focus areas are the development of nanoliter-NMR hardware and nanoparticle-NMR spectroscopy. He is guest lecturer at the universities of Trieste (Italy) and Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), and honorary professor of the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain). Teaching includes the bachelor course Bio-Inorganic Chemistry (3 ECTS), and the master course BioNanoTechnology: towards Nanomedicine (BSc., 6 ECTS).

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Prof.dr. John van Duynhoven (1962) studied chemistry at the University of Nijmegen and completed his thesis on the structural elucidation of DNA binding proteins 1991. He pursued his career as assistant professor at the University of Twente where he was also heading the analytical unit. In 1996 he joined Unilever R&D where he is now heading the spectroscopy and microscopy group. In 2010 he was appointed as part-time professor at Wageningen University. His current research activities are in application of NMR for resolving complex food compositions and structure and assessment of the metabolic impact of diet on humans. In these areas he has initiated and led a range of academic-industrial collaborative projects (National and European) and this has resulted in 130 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and books. He has meanwhile built a track record in developing industrially-relevant methodologies in academia and integrating these in industrial research programs. He has been co-organizer of various national and international NMR meetings, is member of the Executive Committee of the Netherlands Metabolomics Centre and is on the board of the Dutch NMRDG. Within the Netherlands Metabolomics Centre he acts as Theme Leader of the Nutritional Metabolomics cluster (7 postdocs). He served as chairman of the organizing committee of the 11th Conference on Applications of Magnetic Resonance in Food Science (Wageningen, 2012). He also represents this Ampere subdivision conference in the Ampere Bureau. Teaching includes Advances in Magnetic Resonance (6 ECTS) and the Dutch PhD NMR course. He currently supervises two PhD students in private-public (COAST, TIFN/NMC) research projects.

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Dr. Henk Van As (1952) studied physical chemistry at the Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He completed his Ph.D. (NMR, Water and Plants) in the Lab of Molecular Physics, Wageningen University, in 1982. He continued as a postdoc at the same laboratory, where he developed a portable NMR Bioflowmeter for applications on plants in greenhouses. In 1983 he was appointed assistant professor and in 1986 he became associate professor of biophysics at Wageningen University and in 2001 scientific director of the Wageningen NMR Centre. The research in van As’ group is aimed at unravelling and understanding transport processes and water dynamics at different time and length scales in porous bio-systems to unravel structure-function relationships. For this, Time Domain NMR and MRI methods are developed and applied. To support interpretation computer simulations are used. Applications are intact plants (production, hydraulic conductance, water limitation, product quality), plant-like materials and foods (composition, structure, function). His research has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications. He has been (co-)organizer of a number of international NMR meetings (WNMRC user meetings, 3rd Symposium on NMR Spectroscopy in Soil and Geo Sciences, 9th (Aachen, 2007) and 11th (Beijing, 2011) International Conference on Magnetic Resonance Microscopy and 7th Colloquium on Mobile NMR, 11th Conference on Applications of Magnetic Resonance in Food Science (Wageningen, 2012), bi-annual international PhD student courses in vivo NMR, in collaboration with TUE, UU and KUN). He is Treasurer of the Executive Committee of the AMPERE division Spatially Resolved Magnetic Resonance, Member of the Steering Committee of the AMPERE division Magnetic Resonance in Porous Media, co-founder of Biqualys B.V. of which he was CSO in the period 2007-2011. Teaching includes Spectroscopy (6 ECTS); Biophysical Imaging (MRI, total 3 ECTS); Advances in Magnetic Resonance (6 ECTS); BSc and MSc Thesis and Internships Biophysics; PhD-level: Advanced PhD course in vivo NMR (MRI) and Dutch PhD NMR course.

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