• De Zaale, Building 15, Gemini Zuid 3.132



  • PO Box 513

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Our mission is to develop innovative technological concepts and fabrication methods for microsystems for a wide range of applications. Our concepts are often inspired by biology, and our microsystems are often applied to understand biological processes that are important for health and disease.

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Developing life-enhancing applications through research at the micro-scale

Organisational profile

We develop innovative technological concepts and fabrication methods by carrying out research in our Microfab/lab, often in collaboration with industrial, biomedical, or clinical partners.  Practical applications of the group’s research range from organ-on-a-chip systems for cancer and brain research, point-of-care diagnostics, wearable health sensors, water and air quality monitoring and purification, lithography machines, displays, and brain-inspired computing, to soft microrobotics.

The section is structured around the senior scientists Jaap den Toonder (also head of the section), Regina Luttge, Hans Wyss, Yoeri van de Burgt and Erik Homburg, who collectively hold the expertise that defines the scientific identity of the section:

Together, the Microsystems scientists carry out research in four main research lines: Micro manufacturing technologies, Microfluidics, Biomedical microdevices, and Micro-electro-opto-mechanics.

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    Photo of Gülden Akçay

    Gülden Akçay

    Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

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    Kalpit Bakal

    Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

    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)
    23 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
  • 14 Downloads (Pure)

    A soft transporter robot fueled by light

    Pilz Da Cunha, M., Ambergen, S., Debije, M. G., Homburg, F. G. A. E., den Toonder, J. M. J. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 1 Mar 2020, In : Advanced Science. 7, 5, 7 p., 1902842.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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



    Sheen Sahebali (Manager) & W.B.M. ter Elst (Manager)

    Department of Mechanical Engineering

    Facility/equipment: Research lab

  • Prizes

    4TU Visiting Research Grant

    Yoeri van de Burgt (Recipient), 10 Feb 2017

    Prize: OtherScientific

    Best Student Paper Award ICPM 2018

    Eveline van Doremaele (Recipient), Jul 2018

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

    Brain-Inspired lab-on-a-Chip

    Y.B. van de Burgt (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: ERCStartingScientific

  • Activities

    • 1 Consultancy
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Member Scientific Advisory Panel

    Yoeri van de Burgt (Consultant)
    1 Oct 2017 → …

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyScientific

    University of Cambridge

    Yoeri van de Burgt (Visiting researcher)
    26 Aug 20171 Dec 2017

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

    Student theses

    A brain chip to investigate neurite outgrowth by trapping cell-laden hydrogel beads in microsieves

    Author: Labeur, T., 29 Aug 2019

    Supervisor: Bouten, C. (Supervisor 1), Luttge, R. (Supervisor 2), Kurniawan, N. (Supervisor 2) & Bastiaens, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Behaviour and morphology of self-assemblies of pH-responsive polyurethane ionomers

    Author: Song, S., 29 Nov 2017

    Supervisor: Voets, I. K. (Supervisor 1), Sahebali, S. (Supervisor 2), Tuinier, R. (Supervisor 2) & Sijbesma, R. P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Controlling the doping level in a conducting polymer for application in enhancement mode organic electrochemical transistors

    Author: Pol, T., 13 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Meskers, S. (Supervisor 1), van de Burgt, Y. (Supervisor 2), Janssen, R. (Supervisor 2) & Friedrich, H. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master