People of MAGNEFY

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Prof.dr. Aldrik Velders studied chemistry in The Netherlands where he received his master’s degree from Utrecht University and his PhD degree from Leiden University (2000). He spent his post-doc years in Florence (Italy) at the Centre for Magnetic Resonance, from the University of Florence, and at Molteni Farmaceutici. Back in The Netherlands, from 2004-2012, he was assistant and associate professor of SupraMolecular Chemistry & Technology at the University of Twente and director of the NMR & MS facilities. In 2012 he became full professor at Wageningen University where he founded the chair of BioNanoTechnology. He is director of the MAGNEtic resonance research FacilitY – MAGNEFY- and member of the Dutch national NMR initiative. Aldrik holds affiliations with the Interventional Molecular imaging group at the Leiden University Medical Centre (Leiden, The Netherlands), and with the Microwave and Sustainable Organic chemistry group of the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Ciudad Real, Spain). His research interests range from the design and fabrication of hierarchically built-up responsive nanoparticle systems, for material and biomedical applications, to developing Magnetic Resonance techniques in microfluidics and nanotechnology.

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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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