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“One of the most fascinating scientific trends of today is the merging of technology and biology: new technological solutions are inspired by biology, and technology is used to study, understand, and even steer biological processes.”

Research profile

Jaap den Toonder is full professor and Chair of the Microsystems research Section at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His group focuses its research on the investigation and development of innovative technological concepts and fabrication methods for microsystems for a wide range of applications. The application focus is on microfluidic chips, biomedical microdevices, and soft microrobotics. The group’s research approaches are often biologically inspired, translating principles from nature into technological innovations.

Den Toonder’s main personal research interests are microfluidics, mechanical properties of biological cells and tissues, nature-inspired micro-actuators and organs-on-chips to understand cancer. Den Toonder teaches courses on microfabrication methods, microfluidics, and heat and flow in microsystems, in which hands-on learning is a key element.

Academic background

Jaap den Toonder studied at Delft University of Technology where he obtained his MSc in Applied Mathematics (with honors). He received his PhD  (with honors) from the same university on a numerical/theoretical and experimental study of drag reduction in turbulent flows by polymer additives. In 1995, he joined Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, and began working in mechanics of solid materials. He worked on a wide variety of applications, such as ceramic capacitors, optical storage systems, IC low-k materials, RF MEMS, soft electronics, biomedical devices, polymer MEMS, and micro-fluidics. In 2008, he became Chief Technologist, leading the R&D program on (micro-)fluidics, and (starting  2011) materials science and engineering. He was involved in research programs on molecular diagnostics, lab-on-chip, immersion lithography and energy applications.  

In addition to his job at Philips, Jaap den Toonder was a part-time professor at the TU/e  Materials Technology group between 2004 and 2013.  He has (co-)authored over 100 scientific papers, as well as over 40 patent applications. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Lab on a Chip, Micro-and Nanoelectromechanical Systems, Micromachines, and Biomimetics.

Den Toonder is recipient of an ERC Advanced Grant in 2019.


Affiliated with


  • Chairman of the Consortium Assembly of the human organ and Disease Model Technologies Institute (hDMT)
  • Chairman of the Board of Examiners, Department of Mechanical Engineering, TU/e
  • Scientific Advisor to Philips Research


Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Philips
  • ASML
  • Micronit
  • TNO

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Climbing droplets driven by mechanowetting on transverse waves

De Jong, E., Wang, Y., den Toonder, J. & Onck, P. R., 14 jun 2019, In : Science Advances. 5, 6, 8 blz., eaaw0914.

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transverse waves
surface waves
dynamic control
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Removal of microparticles by ciliated surfaces: an experimental study

Zhang, S., Wang, Y., Onck, P. R. & den Toonder, J. M. J., 8 feb 2019, In : Advanced Functional Materials. 29, 6, 11 blz., 1806434.

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water quality
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A novel method to understand tumor cell invasion: integrating extracellular matrix mimicking layers in microfluidic chips by "selective curing"

Eslami Amirabadi, H., Sahebali, S., Frimat, J. M. S., Luttge, R. & den Toonder, J. M. J., 17 okt 2017, In : Biomedical Microdevices. 19, 4, 11 blz., 19:92.

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Microfluidic magnetic bead conveyor belt

van Pelt, S., Frijns, A. J. H. & den Toonder, J. M. J., 2017, In : Lab on a Chip. 17, 22, blz. 3826-3840

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Magnetic structure
Magnetic Fields
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An integrated flex-microfluidic-Si chip device towards sweat sensing applications

Nie, C., Frijns, A. J. H., Zevenbergen, M. A. G. & den Toonder, J. M. J., 1 jan 2016, In : Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical. 227, blz. 427-437

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Unraveling forces on cells with artificial microscopic hairs

Jaap den Toonder (Ontvanger), 29 mrt 2019

Prijs: ERCAdvancedWetenschappelijk

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Battery-Free Sweat Sensor Technology Inspired by Plants

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Battery-Free Wearable Sweat Sensor Inspired by Plants

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Scientists develop wearable sweat sensors for medical analysis of sweat

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Wearable sweat sensor thanks to battery-free 'water pump' inspired by plants

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Active microfluidic mixing using integrated actuators

Auteur: Bos, F., 31 mei 2007

Begeleider: den Toonder, J. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Anderson, P. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & van de Vosse, F. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Biomechanical regulation of endothelial phenotypic heterogeneity: arterial versus venous

Auteur: Norouzi, Y., 30 sep 2013

Begeleider: Bouten, C. (Afstudeerdocent 1), van de Stolpe, A. (Externe persoon) (Afstudeerdocent 2) & den Toonder, J. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Characterisation of interfacial strength of low-k dielectric materials used in ICs

Auteur: Kouters, M., 31 aug 2006

Begeleider: Geers, M. (Afstudeerdocent 1), den Toonder, J. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Peerlings, R. (Afstudeerdocent 2), van Hal, B. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & van Silfhout, R. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Characterization of freestanding thin film properties for RF-MEMS

Auteur: Burg, V., 30 jun 2006

Begeleider: den Toonder, J. (Afstudeerdocent 1), van Dijken, A. R. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach), Hoefnagels, J. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Geers, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Craze initiation in glassy polymer systems

Auteur: Bressers, O., 31 jan 2002

Begeleider: Meijer, H. (Afstudeerdocent 1), van Melick, H. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Govaert, L. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & den Toonder, J. (Externe coach)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master