Co-founder & Advisor
Andreas is the inventor of spark ablation technology and Co-Founder of VSPARTICLE.
Dropping the formalities, he corresponds to what pops up in your mind when you think of a scientist. He is creative and this is what drives him to continue his research, to write a book (stay tuned!) and to keep following his dream: enabling researchers to speed up their work and make an impact.
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 (nanoscopic) appeared from the macroscopic world and amazement at this world of unexplored materials and properties turned him into a nanotechnology pioneer.
As a Software engineer, he is mostly busy with code strings bringing our machines alive.
Whatever has an internet connection is his cup of tea, he is the ultimate software guru.
But after work, he turns into the VSPARTICLE party planner and BBQ specialist! His natural habitat is his backyard with some music on, where you can find him grilling and pouring beers to old and new friends.
Jan is in charge of monitoring our financial situation, this is probably why he is always in a good mood. Talking with him is a nice way to get to know The Netherlands better, he could easily give you enough tips to go all around the country!
As Lead Supply Chain Developer, Maarten takes care of the manufacturing process and developing new partnerships.
He is really organized – you better don’t mess up the storage!- and the master of patience.
Why? Probably because he goes rowing every day (yes, every day!), so he is always relaxed and ready for action.
Lead Business Developer
Max dove deep into fundamental science during his Ph.D. in which he fabricated molecular quantum transistors.
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 his personal life Max recharges by enjoying a long breakfast or looking for adrenaline while sailing his catamaran out into the open sea.
Sustainable Strategy and Design
“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.
When she needs some rest from fighting plastic pollution, you can find her catching some good waves on her surfboard.
CFO & Head of Sales
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.
Lively and social-minded on the outside, but serious and thorough on the inside, this Scottish descendant has an out-sized influence on the health of VSPARTICLE and its management.
Have you ever met "the guy next door"? His first answer is a smile and he always looks like having a great day. Well, this is Roeland!
His positive attitude makes him the right person to introduce the VSPARTICLE technology abroad. This is why he is often busy traveling around the world and introducing researchers to our innovations. Lately, you can find him on a tennis court to recharge his mind!
Lead Product Developer
Pauline, our Lead Product Developer, is a very versatile person and she likes to get things done.
Get to know her fun side on the Salsa dance floor or drop by the tennis court to meet competitive Pauline.
Indulging her adventurous side, she is building her own camper-van conversion. And yes, there's got to be a shower for the extra comfort.
Co-founder & CTO
Tobias 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.
If you don’t see him for a while, he is probably in the corner of the lab completely lost in inventing and creating new products or components.
When he’s not spending time with his wife and playing with his cute daughter, he spends his free time playing the electric guitar in a band.
Physicist Katharina Weber can be sighted mostly in our research lab. One of her favourite activities is buying parts to improve the prototypes she is working on.
She loves to be outdoors, the flat land with the sea nearby makes her love the Netherlands. Delicious Dutch apple pie with whipped cream plays also a role in this.
He is the d.i.y. man, smoothly rolling into the office on his self-built electrical skateboard.
Always smiling and up for new challenges. Carefully listening to everyone’s input to then restructure it and quickly but conscientiously turn it into a great design.
Tobias is the real smart-ass from VSPARTICLE mentioning at least ten facts after starting a conversation with him. He just knows the world inside out.
He is a very dedicated person within our team which can be described as a real “end-to-end” problem solver related to ICT related subjects. If Tobias should give you one advice: Never share your password with anyone!
Bernardus is the master of the lab, his concrete and critical approach makes the balls rolling.
He is often busy with lab machines, developing new solutions and speeding up researchers’ work. Also, if you are looking for an interesting point of view about philosophy, economics and…things in general, you could just ask him a question and you will see!
Marketing & Communications Manager
Ale is the VSPARTICLE communication and social media voice. She is busy creating interesting content for our channels and experimenting with new ways to talk about nanotechnology.
She is an animal lover and she knows a lot about odd species. Go find her if you want to hear an interesting talk about the mystifying platypus!
- 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
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.