• Groene Loper, Gemini-Zuid, 3.132 (Building 15)

    5612 AE Eindhoven


  • P.O. Box 513, Department of Mechanical Engineering

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Our mission is to make things move at small scales: fluids, particles, molecules, solid structures. We do this by carrying out research in our Microfab/lab, where we develop innovative technological concepts and fabrication methods to create novel microfluidic devices and microactuators, serving a wide range of applications.

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We make things move at small scales!

Organisational profile

In microfluidic systems, active control of fluids and species is essential. Examples are fluid pumping, mixing, mechanical actuation, sorting of cells and particles, and biomolecule capture for diagnostics. We develop and apply micro-actuators, responsive surfaces, and magnetic bead actuation systems, to realize these functions. Our approaches are often biologically inspired, translating principles from nature into technological innovations.

As an important application of our microfluidic systems, and in collaboration with biological, biomedical, and clinical groups, we develop biomedical microdevices to study and understand the behavior of cells, tissues, and organs. This work is aimed at learning about health and disease, and eventually developing novel therapies and medicines. Specifically, we develop organs-on-chips as in-vitro disease models focusing on cancer, we study mechanical properties of single cells, and we develop technologies for in-vitro diagnostics. In addition, we develop biomedical devices that can be applied to treat patients non-invasively, such as a glaucoma eye implant.

We also develop new concepts for microactuators that combine electrical, optical and/or mechanical functionalities, for other applications, from lithography machines to new display principles to air quality monitoring to microrobotics.

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    Photo of Inês Figueiredo Pereira

    Inês Figueiredo Pereira, MSc

    Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

    Photo of F.G.A. (Erik) Homburg

    F.G.A. (Erik) Homburg

    Person: UD : Assistant Professor


    Research Output

    3D sugar printing of networks mimicking the vasculature

    Pollet, A. M. A. O., Homburg, E. F. G. A., Cardinaels, R. & den Toonder, J. M. J., 1 Jan 2020, In : Micromachines. 11, 1, 22 p., 43.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    26 Downloads (Pure)

    A concise review of microfluidic particle manipulation methods

    Zhang, S., Wang, Y., Onck, P. R. & den Toonder, J. M. J., 1 Apr 2020, In : Microfluidics and Nanofluidics. 24, 4, p. 1-20 20 p., 24.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    15 Downloads (Pure)

    A new microfluidic model that allows monitoring of complex vascular structures and cell interactions in a 3D biological matrix

    van Dijk, C. G. M., Brandt, M. M., Poulis, N., Anten, J., van der Moolen, M., Kramer, L., Homburg, E. F. G. A., Louzao-Martinez, L., Pei, J., Krebber, M. M., van Balkom, B. W. M., de Graaf, P., Duncker, D. J., Verhaar, M. C., Luttge, R. & Cheng, C., 21 May 2020, In : Lab on a Chip. 20, 10, p. 1827-1844 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Press / Media

    High-speed femtosecond laser plasmonic lithography of graphene oxide film

    Ye Wang & Yue Wang


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    Soft magnetic mushrooms for microsphere based mixer under rotating magnetic field

    Author: Chauhan, R., 20 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: den Toonder, J. M. (Supervisor 1) & Shanko, E. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Untethered soft robotics based on light-responsive liquid crystals: a bio-inspired robot

    Author: Ambergen, S., 14 Mar 2019

    Supervisor: den Toonder, J. M. (Supervisor 1), Homburg, F. (. (Supervisor 2), Schenning, A. P. (Supervisor 2), Pilz Da Cunha, M. (Supervisor 2) & Debije, M. G. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master