Aldrik Velders

Head of BioNT group, Wageningen University


  • Development of supramolecular sensor strategies
  • Exploitation of nanoparticle properties for optical sensing
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Microfluidics for on-flow spectroscopic sensing devices


Aldrik studied Chemistry at Utrecht University (NL) with Prof. George Blasse and Prof. Andries Meijerink, and at the University of Pavia (I) with Prof. Luigi Fabbrizzi. He obtained his PhD degree from University of Leiden (NL) on the antitumor chemistry of Ruthenium Complexes with Heterocyclic Nitrogen Ligands (promotor Prof. Jan Reedijk). He was visiting scientist in the group of Prof. Enzo Alessio in Trieste (I), and he spent his post-doc years in Italy at the Centre for Magnetic Resonance under guidance of Prof. Bertini and Prof. Luchinat in Florence, and as Marie Curie Fellow at Molteni Farmaceutici in Scandicci (I). He was assistant and associate professor at the University of Twente (NL) in the SupraMolecular Chemistry and Technology group of Prof. David Reinhoudt, and in the BioMedical Chemistry group of Prof. Johan Engbersen; he has been heading the Twente NMR & MS department as well. In 2012 he was appointed honorary professor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) in Spain, where he is affiliated to the Microwave and Sustainable Organic Chemistry group. In 2012 he became full professor of the BioNanoTechnology chair of Wageningen University. His research interests go from dynamic supramolecular chemistry in solution and on  surfaces, to biomedical applications of nanomaterials and microfluidics, fluorescence and NMR spectroscopy, with a major interest in multimodal diagnostic and theragnostic agents. Since 2013 he has a guest appointment in the Interventional Molecular Imaging Laboratory, through this appointment a translational platform is created for research efforts in the field of BioNanoTechnology.



Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum
Gebouw 1
Kamer C2-204

Albinusdreef 2
2333 ZA Leiden
Tel: 0715266029

Postzone C2-S
Postbus 9600
2300 RC Leiden