TNO is one of the major contract research organisations in Europe. With a staff of approximately 3400 and an annual turnover of €580 million, TNO is carrying out research in order to achieve impact in the following focus areas: Buildings, Infrastructure and Maritime; Circular Economy and Environment; Defence, Safety and Security, Energy, Healthy Living, Industry, Information and Communication, Strategic analysis and Policy and Traffic and Transport. TNO functions as an intermediary between basic research organizations and industry. By translating scientific knowledge into practical applications, TNO contributes to the innovation capacity of businesses and government. TNO is involved in many international projects (about 30% of the market turnover), including EU-funded collaborations. TNO has a broad experience in European projects, (> 100 projects) both as coordinator and as partner in the development of new technology. TNO disposes of excellent laboratory and pilot facilities.

Maurits van der Heiden

TNO – Acoustics and Sonar

Maurits van der Heiden graduated at Delft University of Technology at Applied physics in 1993. Van der Heiden has an experience of more than 20 years in the development of medical diagnostic instruments, medical ultrasound in particular. Van der Heiden has published 30+ articles and 8 patents. He currently is a senior system engineer at TNO. He is responsible for the development of complex concepts and instruments for in-line industrial inspection and biomedical nano instrumentation. His current expertise focuses on beyond state of the art nano-opto-acoustical sensing principles, for in-line monitoring, identification and characterization.

Maurits van der Heiden, has a long history in medical diagnostics, based on optical-mechanical and ultrasonic sensing especially in cardiology, oncology, nephrology and virology and minimum invasive surgery. He is PI of several National and European projects and author of more than 25 articles and 6 patents (h-index 6).

Besides fundamental research, it is very important that the developed technologies will lead to devices entering the market and will become available to industry and society. From this perspective he is responsible as a system engineer and program manager for opto-acoustical diagnostic concept development for medical and industrial applications in close relation with patient organizations, universities and companies.

Tessel van der Laan

TNO – Acoustics and Sonar

Tessel van der Laan graduated M.Sc. Astrophysics from the RijksUniversiteit Groningen in 2009 and completed a PhD (magna cum laude) in Astrophysics from the University of Heidelberg in 2012. After several years as a scientist on multiple research projects, she moved to full time project management in early 2016. She has worked on research and development projects, both EU/national funded and B2B. Projects she has managed have had foci on quantum technologies, space optics, MR-guided radiotherapy, nano-particles, ultrasound and metrology.

Nicole Meulendijks

TNO – Materials Solutions

Nicole Meulendijks is a Project Manager at the department Materials Solutions at TNO. She studied Chemistry at Higher Laboratory Education level in Eindhoven and obtained her B.Sc. degree in 2001. From 2001-2003, she worked as a research assistant at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Since 2003 she has been working at TNO, she has been active in the field of nanoparticle synthesis and formulation, surface modification and nanomaterial characterization for about 12 years. She is (co-) author of 12 publications, numerous conference proceedings and (co-)inventor of 7 patents, issued or pending. Nicole is an experienced project manager. She was a work package leader in the H2020 Co-Pilot project and is coordinator of the H2020 project ENVISION and EU Interreg (EFRO) project LUMEN.

Aike Wypkema

TNO – Materials Solutions

Aike Wypkema holds a Master Degree in Chemical Engineering (Delft University). In 1991 he finished his Ph.D at this University on the selective catalytic reduction of nitric oxide from exhaust gases. Since 1991 he worked at TNO on coatings mainly for textile and paper applications. In 2014 he started working as a project manager in the field of (nano)materials and coatings. Aike managed multiple EU H2020 projects (Co-Pilot, Cellu-Upgrade) and EU Interreg projects (EnEf, Flexlines).

Pascal Buskens

TNO – Materials Solutions

Prof. Pascal Buskens studied Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University. After his study, he performed his PhD at RWTH Aachen University and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. In 2006, he started working for DSM in The Netherlands as scientist in the field of nanocomposite coatings. In 2008, he became head of the Functional Coatings/Advanced Surfaces R&D group at DSM. In the period 2006-2011, he was involved in the commercialization of three nanocomposite coating products: one non-biofouling coating and two anti-reflective coatings. In 2011, he started working as senior scientist at TNO. He now works 3 days per week at TNO as principal scientist in the field of nanocomposite coatings, primarily focusing on optical applications. For two days per week, he works at the University of Hasselt as guest professor. He is (co-) author of 20 scientific publications and inventor on 14 patent applications

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