Arian van Asten studied analytical chemistry at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD from the same University in 1995. After working for over 10 years in the chemical industry he transferred to the Netherlands Forensic Institute in 2006 and became involved in forensic science. He has been working at the NFI as member of the management team, department head and forensic scientist. In June 2012 Arian van Asten was appointed professor at the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam on a special chair in Forensic Analytical Chemistry. Furthermore, he is director of the Co van Ledden Hulsebosch Center.
His scientific interests include the chemical profiling of illicit drugs and explosives, forensic toxicological analysis in hair, fingermarks and biological traces, rapid chemical analysis in the laboratory, on site and point-of-care analysis with ambient mass spectrometry, chemical imaging in forensic science and the forensic application of comprehensive chromatography. He has authored/co-authored 24 peer reviewed scientific publications on (forensic) analytical chemistry and has contributed to 3 patent applications.
A.C. van Asten, Science & Justice, 54 (2014) 170-179, ‘On the added value of forensic science and grand innovation challenges for the forensic community’
A. Kloosterman, A. Mapes, Z. Geradts, E. van Eijk, C. Koper, J. van den Berg, S. Verheij, M. van der Steen, A. van Asten, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 370 (2015) 2014064, ‘The interface between forensic science and technology: how technology could cause a paradigm shift in the role of forensic institutes in the criminal justice system’
H. Brust, M. Koeberg, A. van der Heijden, W. Wiarda, I. Mügler, M. Schrader, G. Vivo-Truyols, P. Schoenmakers, A. van Asten, Forensic science international, 248 (2015) 101-112 , ‘Isotopic and elemental profiling of ammonium nitrate in forensic explosives investigations’