Tom Visser

Tom Visser (1948) started his career in the Department of Molecular Spectrometry of Utrecht University in 1968. In 1987 he moved to the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM Bilthoven, The Netherlands) where he was appointed head of the Section on Vibrational Spectroscopy.

In 1995 he received his PhD degree on a thesis entitled “Computer-assisted Qualitative Analysis of Vibrational Spectra”. In the same year he became head of the Department of Molecular Spectrometry. In June 2000 he returned to Utrecht University as an associate professor in vibrational spectroscopy at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis. He served as contributor and co-organizer of international courses on Infrared and Raman spectroscopy.

Main subjects of his scientific work are the exploration and implementation of chemometrical methods into spectral interpretation, and the coupling of IR-spectroscopy to gas and liquid chromatography, dedicated to environmental and residue analysis. One of his research topics was in-situ vibrational spectroscopy of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts.