Ruud Busker


United Kingdom

“The potential of chemically modified metal organic frameworks in CBRN protection”

Dr. Ruud W. Busker (1958; Rotterdam, The Netherlands) graduated in Pharmacy at Leyden University (1984) were he obtained his PhD in 1989. In 1992 he became a registered Toxicologist, which status he still holds after 5-yearly re-assessments. He is an ‘artikel 9 functionaris’ with regard to ‘de Wet op de Dierproeven’.
As off 1988 he has been working for TNO on toxicology and pharmacology of nerve agent poisoning, on several NL Ministry of Defense (MoD) assignments. He ran a number of security research projects for the NL Ministry of the Interior on riot control agents (tear gas, pepper spray). In 2000 he became head of the Detection, Identification & Analytical Chemistry department at TNO. In 2005 he was appointed as Manager Research of the business unit Chemical & Biological Protection (100 scientists and technicians), being responsible for TNO’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear (CBRN) research. He has been program manager of three consecutive NL MoD research programs on passive CBRN defence (2006-now). The average program turn-over is 3,5 M€ per year. He is also responsible for technical support projects that TNO executes for the Ministry of Defence’s Materiel Command on implementation of the so-called civil military collaboration on CBRN.

In 2008 he became rapporteur and in 2009 leader of the CBRN working group within in the European Security Research and Innovation Forum (ESRIF). In 2010 he was appointed as member of the EU Security Advisory Group. He has worked in a number of EU projects on CBRN protection such as IMPACT (leader on chemical detection), Airsecure, DECOTESSC, PRACTICE, SLAM, SPIRIT, ERNCIP. As of 2010 he is governmental expert of the NL delegation within the EDA CBRN CapTech. He is the NL representative in a number of international CBRN R&D collaborative groups such as the bilateral strategic collaboration with FFI (NOR), the trilateral collaboration between UK/NO/NL and between CAN/SWE/NL. In 2019 he became (acting) head of the TNO CBRN research department.
He is leader of one of the NL CBRN identification teams. He (co)-authored 35 publications and > 80 reports on toxicology and/or CBRN protection. He is member of the TNO committee that evaluates research proposals for applicability and quality with the ‘Samenwerkings Middelen Onderzoek (SMO)’ arrangement. He holds an IPMA-C degree on program management. He is member of the NL Society for Toxicology, of the NL working group on Code of Conduct for life scientists, of the NL MoD CBRN R&D network and of the MoD CBRN Tactical Level Group.