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    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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Microfluidics Engineering & Materials Science
lasers Physics & Astronomy
Ultrashort pulses Engineering & Materials Science
Fabrication Engineering & Materials Science
Flow of fluids Engineering & Materials Science
Fluids Engineering & Materials Science
Hydrogels Engineering & Materials Science
Polymers Chemical Compounds

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Photo of Gülden Akçay

Gülden Akçay

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

Photo of Alex J. Bastiaens

Research Output 1989 2020

4 Downloads (Pure)

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
Velocity measurement

A soft transporter robot fueled by light

Da Cunha, M. P., Ambergen, S., Debije, M. G., Homburg, F. G. A. E., den Toonder, J. M. J. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 2020, In : Advanced Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

A microfluidic oxygen gradient device to assess EMT state and migrational responses of cancer cells

Sleeboom, J., van der Doelen, K., Kruyt, F., Sahlgren, C. M. & den Toonder, J. M. J., Jul 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterAcademic



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

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Facility/equipment: Research lab

3D printers
Biomedical engineering
Cell growth


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

Neural networks

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Consultancy
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Member Scientific Advisory Panel

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

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyScientific

Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom. Electronic address: vsd@eng.cam.ac.uk.

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

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institutionScientific

Research areas

Biomedical microdevices

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)


Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)


Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

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

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


Low temperature and rapid processing of mesoporous Titanium dioxide for highly-efficient flexible Perovskite solar cells

Author: Feleki, B., 23 Feb 2017

Supervisor: den Toonder, J. (Supervisor 1) & Galagan, Y. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master