Jan obtained his Phd in Organic Chemistry in 1996 at the Eindhoven University of Technology. After a post-doctoral stay in the USA, he started to work for DSM research in 1997. First as a research scientist and later as a group leader in the field of new materials development. Since 2000 he is full professor of bio-organic chemistry at the Radboud University Nijmegen.
His research interests are bio-inspired materials and processes. This includes the use of microreactor technology to increase the efficiency of synthesis by minaturisation and flow chemistry.