Dr A.C. van Asten has been appointed professor by special appointment of Forensic Analytical Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science as of 1 June 2012. The chair has been designated on behalf of Stichting Leerstoel Criminalistiek (Criminalistics Chair Foundation).
Dr A.C. van Asten (1968) has been appointed professor by special appointment of Forensic Analytical Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science as of 1 June 2012. The chair has been designated on behalf of Stichting Leerstoel Criminalistiek (Criminalistics Chair Foundation).
As a professor by special appointment, Arian van Asten will focus on chemical profiling, analytical chemistry at the crime scene, chemical analysis for reconstruction purposes (including dating spores), chemical characterisation of microspores, databases and knowledge management, and measurement uncertainty in qualitative and quantitative forensic chemical analysis . He will act as a bridge between the academic knowledge at the UvA and the forensic expertise of the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI). Forensic analytical chemistry has a very wide application in various areas of forensic expertise, including toxicology, forensic medical examination, chemical identification research, forensic elemental analysis, document and print research, and research on microspores. Van Asten is looking for opportunities to initiate forensic analytical research leading to new methods and tools for forensic casework within these areas. In recent years, he was already actively involved in the Master's programme in Forensic Science and forensic research at the UvA, especially in the field of forensic explosives analysis.
Van Asten studied Chemistry at the UvA and graduated in 1991 cum laude with a specialisation in analytical chemistry. In 1995, he obtained his doctorate, also at the UvA, with a thesis entitled An Exploration of Thermal Field Flow Fractionation, which also received the Kolthoff prize of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society in 1996. After a career of over ten years in the chemical industry, where he worked as an analytical chemist and a laboratory and project manager for Akzo Nobel and Unilever, he moved to the NFI in 2006. After a brief stint as department head of Chemistry, he was was head of the Physical and Chemical Engineering department from 2007 to 2010. Since 2011, Van Asten has headed the department of Science, Interdisciplinary Research, Statistics and Knowledge Management, which, among other things, is dedicated to developing forensic science and innovation both within the Netherlands and internationally.