Ruud van Ommen appointed as Antoni van Leeuwenhoek professor
Delft University of Technology has appointed Ruud van Ommen as Antoni van Leeuwenhoek professor. These chairs are early promotions of young, outstanding scientists to the position of professor, enabling them to develop their scientific careers to the fullest extent at the university.
Ruud van Ommen (42) received his MSc in Chemical Engineering in 1996 and his PhD 2001, both at Delft University of Technology. He has been working as a faculty member at the Chemical Engineering Department since then, with stints at Chalmers University (Sweden) and the University of Colorado (USA). His research interests are solids processing, reactor engineering, and scaling-up nanotechnology.
Dr. van Ommen currently focuses on bringing manufacturing of advanced materials for energy and health applications from lab to industrial scale. He co-founded the fast-growing spin-off company Delft IMP, and co-organized several national and international conferences in his field. He has co-authored over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals, several book chapters and patents. He has been the recipient of prestigious personal grants, such as ERC Starting (2011) and ERC Proof of Concept (2012 & 2015) grants. In addition to all this, he teaches in the curricula of Sustainable Energy Technology and Chemical Engineering, where the students value him as a dedicated and able teacher.