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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

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.

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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    33 Downloads (Pure)

    Fabricating the microvasculature using 3D sugar printing

    Pollet, A., Homburg, F. G. A. E. & den Toonder, J. M. J., 18 Nov 2019.

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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