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After completing his PhD in physics in Eindhoven, the Netherlands Frans Kampers
in 1989 joined the Dutch agricultural research organization (DLO), which is
now part of Wageningen University and Research Center. He headed a department
on instrumentation and measurement technology for several years. This department
was involved in research on sensors, microelectronics and microtechnology.
Among other things he was chairman of an ISO working group that defined the
international standard on RFID for animals, chaired a working group on Microsystems
and Agriculture and was responsible for a project on sensors for sustainable
food production within the DTO programme. After a brief period in which he was
involved in information strategy Frans Kampers in 2003 was asked to investigate
the possibilities of bionanotechnology in Wageningen, to define the structure
in which these should take place and to develop a business plan for these activities.
He soon discovered that the Wageningen expertise on food and nutrition could
very well be combined with the possibilities of bionanotechnology.
He now co-ordinates the research of Wageningen UR in the field of applications
of nanotechnology in food and is director of BioNT, the virtual centre for bionanotechnology
in Wageningen. He is one of the initiators of the Nano4Food conference and actively
involved in the organization of new funding programs in the Netherlands. He
is often interviewed and invited to conferences to give presentations on the
subject of nanotechnology in food.