F.G.A. (Erik) Homburg


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Research profile

Erik (F.G.A.) Homburg is an assistant professor with the Microsystems research group at the department of Mechanical Engineering, where innovative technological concepts and fabrication methods are developed for microsystems for a wide range of applications. His research interests lie in the field of the design of mechanical microsystems. These microsystems are complex by nature: they combine many aspects, like sensing, actuation, microfluidics, magnetic fields and active materials. As a designer, he relies on a broad technical background in order to realize a complete design cycle: concepting, simulation, realization, measurement techniques and evaluation. He is a key user of the Microfablab, where he exploits the possibilities of prototyping processes like laser machining and the printing of various materials and the availability of different measurement techniques. He is currently employed for two days per week.

Academic background

Erik Homburg studied Mechanical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), where he obtained his MSc in 1980. He then became a researcher at Philips Research and, in 1987, a systems designer in the field of opto-mechatronics within Philips Optical Storage. In 2000, he was appointed as assistant professor at TU/e, currently with the Microsystems research group at the department of Mechanical Engineering.

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Research Output 2001 2019

shape control
Open Access
Three Dimensional Printing

Advancing a MEMS-Based 3D cell culture system for in vitro neuro-electrophysiological recordings

Bastiaens, A. J., Frimat, J. M. S., van Nunen, A. G. A., Schurink, B., Homburg, F. G. A. & Luttge, R., 13 Dec 2018, In : Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering. 4, p. 1-10 10 p., 21

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Micro-Electrical-Mechanical Systems
Cell Culture Techniques
15 Citations (Scopus)

Design and operation of a Tesla-type valve for pulsating heat pipes

de Vries, S. F., Florea, D., Homburg, F. G. A. & Frijns, A. J. H., 1 Feb 2017, In : International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 105, p. 1-11

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
7 Citations (Scopus)

A mass-spring-damper model of a pulsating heat pipe with a non-uniform and asymmetric filling

Gursel, G., Frijns, A. J. H., Homburg, F. G. A. & Steenhoven, van, A. A., 2015, In : Applied Thermal Engineering. 91, 1, p. 80-90 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Heat pipes
Heat transfer


Engineering Design

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Microfabrication methods

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Peristaltic pump

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Student theses

An analysis towards shock robustness in an optical disc drive

Author: Coolen, R., 30 Sep 2003

Supervisor: Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 1), Homburg, F. (Supervisor 2), Nuij, P. (Supervisor 2), Leenknegt, G. (Supervisor 2), Heertjes, M. (Supervisor 2) & Cremers, F. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

A new setup for fast carbon nanotube growth: rapid thermal control and in-situ monitoring

Author: van Laake, L., 31 May 2006

Supervisor: Dietzel, A. (Supervisor 1), Geers, M. (Supervisor 2), Bellouard, Y. (Supervisor 2) & Homburg, F. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Concept design for reel to reel flex foil handling on a component mounting machine

Author: Wakker, R., 31 Aug 2005

Supervisor: Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 1), Rosielle, P. (Supervisor 2), Wesseling, W. (External person) (External coach) & Homburg, F. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Design and optimization of a fast tool demonstrator

Author: Geurts, D., 30 Nov 2008

Supervisor: Homburg, F. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

Design of a continuous motion inkjet printer for full-color printing of cylindrical products

Author: Lamers, M., 30 Jun 2012

Supervisor: Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 1), Rosielle, P. (Supervisor 2), Homburg, F. (Supervisor 2) & Poels, P. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master