Taco van der Maten is marketing manager at PANalytical in Almelo, the Netherlands. In this position, he is responsible for the global polymer, oils, fuels, petrochemicals and environmental markets at PANalytical, a worldwide supplier of analytical instrumentation and software for X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, near infrared spectroscopy, cross-belt analyzers based on pulsed fast and thermal neutron activation technology, and sample preparation equipment for several analytical techniques.
An ASTM member since 2006, van der Maten is chairman of Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials. F40 includes more than 150 technical experts who develop standards for the evaluation of materials/products for RoHS, recycling and use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment; REACH and similar requirements; and rare earth materials. He is also a member of Committees D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels and Lubricants and D20 on Plastics.
In 1985, the year he graduated from the Dr. Ir. W.L. Ghijsen Institute in Utrecht with a degree in analytical chemistry, van der Maten became a research chemist for Heineken in Zoeterwoude, the Netherlands. He then worked as research chemist, service delivery manager and business development manager at Royal DSM N.V. in Sittard-Geleen before becoming a PANalytical staff member in 2006.