Bob Dirks

Room E063, TNO Stieltjesweg 1
Tel: +31 (0)888662515
M +31 (0)6 52803623

Bob Dirks (Ven-Zelderheide, 1977) has a MSc degree in Particle and High Energy Physics obtained at the University of Twente and NIKHEF in 2002 and a PhD in the Instrumentation for Astrophysics obtained at the University of Paris VII while working at the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA) in France (2006). He developed the CdTe semiconductor detectors for high energy X-ray camera on the French Simbol-X*) space mission (CNES). After his PhD he returned to the Netherlands and worked for three years as an Instrument Scientist at SRON, the Dutch Institute for Space Research. There he worked on superconducting Transition Edge Sensors (TES) for the upcoming Athena and SPICA space missions. In 2010 he joined TNO as a Research Scientist. Since 2015 he works as a Systems Engineer/Scientist in the Optics department of TNO and is involved in several (space-related) projects.
In 2016 Bob joined the Shared Development Roadmap of QuTech and set up the Quantum in Space project which aims to develop and build a space based system for Quantum Key Distribution and as an ultimate goal to use satellites serving as quantum nodes for a world-wide quantum communication network.

*) Yes, it is really written as ‘Simbol’. Due to budget limitations, the mission was cancelled unfortunately.