Frans Snijkers (°1963) Director of Cleantech Flanders/holds a bachelor's degree in Sciences from Hasselt University and a Master's degree in Sciences, Chemistry Group, from the Catholic University of Leuven.
Frans Snijkers worked for 14 years at Philips, now Philips Electronics nv. He began his career as a scientific collaborator in research into thermal cathodes and innovative display technologies at the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. This was followed by a period of 9 years as project manager in the product and process development of thermal cathodes and cathode ray tubes at Philips Display Components in Eindhoven.
After 14 years of research and development in the industry, he became researcher/project leader and later team leader in the Ceramic Materials and Powder Metallurgy team at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO nv). Besides project acquisition, he played an active part in several international, mainly European, projects and projects for Flemish companies. He has organised and co-organised conferences, has jointly supervised doctoral projects, and is the author or co-author of about 100 papers in international scientific journals and about a dozen patents.
In 2018, he joined the Cleantech Flanders team that conducts international promotion for the Flemish ecosystem in the field of innovative cleantech.
Frans Snijkers represents VITO nv on the Board of Directors of VLOOT, the Flemish umbrella organisation for technology providers.