Co-founder & Advisor
Andreas is the inventor of the spark ablation technique used in VSPARTICLE’s technology and a Co-Founder of the company. Andreas is driven to continue his research and help enable scientists to speed up their ability to discover new scientific breakthroughs. He is currently working on a very exciting book project - stay tuned!
Aaike van Vugt
Co-founder & CEO
“There is plenty of room at the bottom.” – a 1959 quote by famous physicist Richard Feynman in a talk titled ‘A staggeringly small world’ are words to build a career upon for our founder and CEO, Aaike.
That came about during his master thesis, when zooming in using an electron microscope on a sample of nanoparticles for the first time. The apparent ease of how the microscopic appeared from the macroscopic world and amazement at this world of unexplored materials and properties turned him into a nanotechnology pioneer. Aaike has an MSc in Chemical Engineering from TU Delft. After graduation he went on to become a Co-Founder of VSPARTICLE. As CEO, he spends his time on both the R&D and commercial sides of the business. He is passionate about nanotech’s potential to improve life on Earth and this passion informs his leadership of VSPARTICLE.
Jurriaan has an MSc in Finance and Investment from Erasmus University where he also earned a BSc in Business. As a software engineer at VSPARTICLE he is mostly busy with code strings bringing our machines alive. Jurriaan thrives wherever there is an Internet connection. He is also the company’s Chief of Celebrations because of his natural talent in organizing events.
Jan is in charge of finance at VSPARTICLE. He has worked in the financial world for many years and is an avid amateur Dutch historian.
As the Lead Supply Chain Developer, Maarten takes care of the manufacturing process and developing new partnerships. He is always energetic and ready for action, fueled by his passion for rowing in his spare time.
Lead Business Developer
Max has a PhD in Experimental Physics from TU Delft where he also holds an MSc and BSc in Applied Physics. Max dove deep into fundamental science during his PhD where he fabricated molecular quantum transistors. He is the author of six scientific publications. At VSPARTICLE Max is developing applications like metal oxide gas sensors, which are only a few years away from being mass manufactured and making a significant impact in the industry. He recharges his own batteries by taking his catamaran out in the Dutch Sea.
Sustainable Strategy and Development
“If you would know in advance what you are getting yourself into, you would never venture out of your comfort zone, so just take the leap.”
This is Eva’s approach to life, science and sustainability. She is a realistic optimist, always ready for new challenges and inspired to make an impact with circular and green solutions. After studying Product Development and Sociology she founded a company to mass fabricate customized popsicles, inventing and maturing a technology combining additive manufacturing with food production methods. She later focussed on the circular economy of plastic resource flows and joined VSPARTICLE after seeing the enormous potential for the circular economy in redesigning materials starting with the smallest building blocks - nanoparticles. At VSPARTICLE she is responsible for a sustainability strategy and identifying new applications. Eva’s best ideas often appear when she’s on her surfboard.
CFO & Head of Sales
Vincent has an MSc. in Strategic Product Design from TU Delft. As CFO for VSPARTICLE he is responsible for sales, marketing, product commercialization and strategic partnerships. He joined VSPARTICLE to develop tools that can make the world a better place: more sustainable, safer and healthier. With a mind immersed in design, an eye for finance and an entrepreneurial heart, this man with a mission is well suited to keep a rapidly growing start-up balanced.
Vincent is known in the office for his contagiously positive spirit and the pride he takes in his Scottish heritage.
Roeland studied Chemical Engineering at TU Delft, with a special interest in bio-applications of nanomaterials. Before starting as the High Tech Product Manager at VSPARTICLE he worked at a start up in Beijing optimizing a waste-water treatment process.
At VSPARTICLE he is responsible for commercializing new products and evaluating market fit for concept products, as well as, supporting the technical team in development projects with clients. The past two years, Roeland worked on the valorization of the VSP-G1 spark generator, identifying potential markets and selling directly to customers in Europe while establishing sales in Asia. Roeland enjoys traveling around the world and introducing customers to VSPARTICLE’s products.
Lead Product Developer
Pauline has a BSc in Industrial Design Engineering and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from TU Delft. Before joining VSPARTICLE, she worked in project management, mainly on large-scale IT implementations and upgrading production process technology for different companies in the area of energy, where she gained both Agile and Prince2 experience.
At VSPARTICLE she works on new product development. Pauline also likes to develop things outside of the office. She’s currently busy converting a camper van in her spare time.
Co-founder & CTO
Tobias Pfeiffer is a Co-Founder of VSPARTICLE. He graduated with an MSc in Chemical Engineering from TU Delft where he focused on the production and classification of <1nm particles. He previously worked at OctoPlus technologies, a pharmaceutical SME in Leiden, scaling up the production of a controlled release medication to commercial launch scale. Since 2009, he has worked on scaling up the spark discharge process for applications in functional materials, a subject for which he received his doctorate in 2014. In his current position as VSPARTICLE’s CTO, Tobias focuses on manufacturing of the G1 model and the development of the G2 model (scaled up version). Tobias also takes a leading role in applying for and executing research projects. He is truly passionate about inventing new things. He is curious, eager to understand how things work and he likes to learn something new every day.
Tobias winds down by spending time with family or playing the electric guitar in a local band.
Physicist, Katharina, can be sighted mostly in the VSPARTICLE research lab. One of her favorite activities is buying parts to improve the prototypes she is working on. Originally from Germany, she enjoys the outdoors. The flat land with the sea nearby makes her love the Netherlands as well as its famous apple pie.
Joerie has an MSc in Integrated Product Design and a BSc in Industrial Design Engineering from TU Delft.
He brings experience from working for Quooker and Akzo Nobel among others. At VSPARTICLE he is responsible for product design. Joerie is known for his considerate response and approach to challenges. He is able to integrate feedback from many different channels, successfully, into his work.
After work he enjoys improving his self-built electrical skateboard.
Tobias has an MSc in Chemical Engineering from TU Delft where he graduated in spark ablation. He also has a background in IT. During his studies he started a small software development company.
After graduation, he pursued a career in implementing Industry 4.0 for the engineering firm Bilfinger Tebodin, which allowed him to combine both of his backgrounds. He returned to Delft to work as COO for VSPARTICLE where he is primarily responsible for business processes, IT, project management and technical software development for spark generators. He is a very dedicated person within our team and a real “end-to-end” problem solver.
Bernardus has an MSc in Nanotechnology from University of Twente and has worked for MESA+ & the Institute for Nanotechnology.
He is the master of the VSP lab with his concrete and critical approach. He is usually busy with improving lab machines, developing new solutions and speeding up researchers’ work.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Ale has an MSc in Communications from United Nations School in Italy and a BSc in Political Science from Sapienza Universitá di Roma.
She is responsible for creating interesting content for the VSPARTICLE channels and experimenting with new ways to communicate about nanotechnology. She is involved in a variety of social initiatives and is a passionate animal advocate.
Maurits has a PhD in Magnetocaloric Materials from TU Delft and a MSc in Chemistry from Radboud University.
Maurits is the Lead Knowledge Developer at VSPARTICLE and shares his vast knowledge in materials science with the team.
He is an avid blogger on VSPARTICLE's website and social media, also he is our students’ tutor.
- Andreas Schmidt-Ott
- Aaike van Vugt
- Jurriaan Vollebregt
- Jan Barnhoorn
- Maarten Kamp
- Max Koole
- Eva Rennen
- Vincent Laban
- Roeland Dijkema
- Pauline Roels
- Tobias Pfeiffer
- Katharina Weber
- Joerie Gennisse
- Tobias Coppejans
- Bernardus Zijlstra
- Alessandra Soro
- Maurits Boeije
Born out of the research labs of TU Delft with over 20 years of experience in the synthesis of aerosols, VSPARTICLE believes there is a whole new world of possibilities at the nanoscale.
As we all start to understand these possibilities, it will enable research and industry to rethink production processes and develop new materials to create innovative applications. At VSPARTICLE we support this process by making nanoparticle-based manufacturing as easy as pushing a button and providing research and industry with the tools to rapidly advance the field of nanotechnology.