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Scientific curriculum vitae

Victor I. Claessen was born on the 29th of September 1981 in Amsterdam.

He graduated from Johan de Witt-gymnasium in Dordrecht before starting a study in Chemical Engineering at Delft University of Technology. Because of mixed feelings on the relevance of learning how best to stir reaction vessels, he switched to Chemistry at Leiden University. He spent the last two years of that study doing two research internships and a course in Science Based Business. During his major internship, which he undertook at the Bio-Inorganic Chemistry department, he investigated new platinum-ruthenium complexes. His minor internship at the Biochemistry department comprised research on the copper proteome of S. lividans.

He started his PhD research in 2006 at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the groups of prof. dr. Roeland Nolte and prof. dr. Alan Rowan, under the direct supervision of dr. Hans Engelkamp at the high Field magnet laboratory. His PhD thesis and a panoramic image of his thesis defense (June 21th, 2012) can be found at

After several years in the information technology industry, he returned to his alma mater and is currently employed as a post-doctoral researcher at the FELIX facility of the Radboud University Nijmegen, working on the FLARE free-electron laser.


  1. A virus-based single-enzyme nanoreactor, M.C. AragonĂ©s, H. Engelkamp, V.I. Claessen, N.A.J.M. Sommerdijk, A.E. Rowan, P.C.M. Christianen, J.C. Maan, B.J.M. Verduin, J.J.L.M. Cornelissen, R.J.M. Nolte, Nature Nanotechnology 2007, 2(10), 635–639, doi: 10.1038/nnano.2007.299.

  2. Exciton lifetimes of CdTe nanocrystal quantum dots in high magnetic fields, J.H. Blokland, V.I. Claessen, F.J.P. Wijnen, E. Groeneveld, C. de Mello Donegá, D. Vanmaekelbergh, A. Meijerink, J.C. Maan, P.C.M. Christianen, Physical Review B 2011, 83(3), 035304, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.83.035304.

  3. Single-Biomolecule Kinetics: The Art of Studying a Single Enzyme, V.I. Claessen, H. Engelkamp, P.C.M. Christianen, J.C. Maan, R.J.M. Nolte, K. Blank, A.E. Rowan, Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry 2010, 3(1), 319–340, doi: 10.1146/annurev.anchem.111808.073638.

  4. Catalytic capsids: the art of confinement, I.J. Minten, V.I. Claessen, K. Blank, A.E. Rowan, R.J.M. Nolte, J.J.L.M. Cornelissen, Chemical Science 2011, 2, 358–362, doi: 10.1039/C0SC00407C.