The programme committee of the iMNC 2017 is proud to present a high quality programme with leading experts form both science and industry. The main topics this year are:
- Microfluidics & Analytical Systems
- Fabrication & Characterization at the Nanoscale
This year the iMNC is co-organizing the MicroNanoBioSystems Workshop together with the European Commission with lectures on application oriented research projects with a focus on diagnostics. Parallel to the iMNC the The Sense of Contact will take place in the Beurs van Berlage on December 13th, which is also open for visitors of the iMNC.
The preliminary programs of the three events:
Keynotes and Invited Speakers International MicroNanoConference 2017
Ashutosh Agarwal, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Pathology and a core faculty member of the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute at the University of Miami (BioNIUM). He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida in 2009 and postdoctoral research experience at Columbia University and Harvard University. Dr. Agarwal joined the University of Miami as a faculty member in 2014 where he heads the Physiomimetic Microsystems Laboratory. He also serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience.
Dr. Agarwal’s research focus is to develop organ on chip platforms which mimic human organ level complexity within a fluidic microsystem capable of measuring functional readouts. These platforms can be applied towards testing drugs, discovering therapies, modeling disease states, and evaluating stem cells. His current research projects include building a Heart on a Chip (funded by UM/FIU Collaborative Research Exchange Forum), Lung Cancer on a Chip (funded by BioNIUM research award), and Pancreatic Islet on a Chip (funded by NIH).
Holger Becker – Co-Founder and CSO of Microfluidic ChipShop GmbH
Dr Holger Becker obtained his physics degrees from the University of Western Australia/Perth and the University of Heidelberg. He started to work on miniaturized systems for chemical analysis during his PhD thesis at Heidelberg University, where he obtained his PhD in Applied Physics in 1995. Between 1995 and 1997 he was a Research Associate at Imperial College with Prof. Andreas Manz. In 1998 he joined Jenoptik Mikrotechnik GmbH. Since then, he founded and led several companies in the field of microsystem technologies in medicine and the life sciences, for which he received various awards, most notably a nomination for the “Deutscher Gründerpreis” in 2004. He led the Industry Group of the German Physical Society between 2004 and 2009, and is the current chair of the SPIE ‘‘Microfluidics, BioMEMS and Medical Microsystems’’ conference, co-chair of MicroTAS 2013 and in the Industrial Committee for MicroTAS 2016 and 2017. He serves on the Advisory Board of “Lab-on-a-Chip”, the Editorial Boards of “Microelectronic Engineering” and “Micro and Nanosytems” as wll as on the Board of Trustees of the “Physik Journal”. In 2014, he was appointed a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry (London). He has published more than 160 journal and conference paper with currently >5.000 citations.
Marko Blom is Chief Technology Officer at Micronit Microtechnologies. He was appointed to this role in April 2011. Previously, he was R&D Manager at Micronit from 2005 until 2011, also serving as Project Manager for a range of customer-driven and internal (product) development projects. Next to this, he has been responsible for Micronit’s IP strategy. From January 2003 until December 2004 he was Research Scientist at Polymer Laboratories, now part of Agilent Technologies, a global supplier of columns and instruments for polymer analysis. During this period he worked on applying microfluidics and microfabrication techniques in the field of polymer analysis.
Mr. Blom has a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Applied Physics of the University of Twente in Enschede, with a specialisation in microfabrication, microfluidics and analytical techniques.
Before joining the Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland Juergen Brugger was connected to the MESA+ Research Institute of Nanotechnology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, and at the Hitachi Central Research Laboratory, in Tokyo, Japan. He received his Master in Physical-Electronics and his PhD degree from Neuchatel University, Switzerland.
Research in Juergen Brugger’s laboratory focuses on various aspects of MEMS and Nanotechnology. Over the past 15 years the group has made several important contributions to the field, at the fundamental level as well as in technological development, as demonstrated by the start-ups that spun off from the lab. In his research, key competences are in micro/nanofabrication, additive micro-manufacturing, new materials for MEMS for biomedical applications. Over the past 10 years, he published over 200 peer-refereed papers, supervised 20 PhD students. Former students and postdocs have been successful in receiving awards and starting their own scientific careers (6 professors so far). Juergen Brugger has been appointed in 2016 Fellow of the IEEE “For contributions to micro and nano manufacturing technology”.
Prof. Stefaan Desmedt is the Director of the Ghent Research Group on Nanomedicines (Belgium). He served as a dean of his faculty and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Ghent University. He has been elected as member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Medicine. The research interest of Professor De Smedt have included micro- and nanomaterials for (especially) drug delivery and diagnostics. His research is at the interface between drug delivery, biophysics, material sciences and advanced optical imaging. Dr. Stefaan De Smedt holds patents on carriers for drug delivery and diagnostics. He is a scientific founder of Memobead Technologies, a spin-off from Ghent University, whose technology is currently under further development by Biocartis/MyCartis in Lausanne, Mechelen and Ghent. Dr. De Smedt is a member of the Drug Delivery Advisory Panel of Santen Pharmaceutical ‘CO’ specialized in ophthalmic pharmaceuticals.
Lorna Ewart obtained an honours degree in Pharmacology from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD from Sir John Vane’s William Harvey Research Institute, University of London. She joined the Respiratory and Inflammation research area within AstraZeneca as a lead biologist bringing forward projects to candidate drug nomination before moving into pre-clinical drug safety to lead a safety pharmacology team delivering across multiple therapeutic areas. Lorna Ewart spent two years in Gothenburg, Sweden as the therapy area lead toxicologist for Respiratory and Inflammation therapy area before returning to Cambridge, UK where she heads the Centre of Excellence for Microphyisological Systems within AstraZeneca’s Innovative Medicines Unit. Here she has established strategic collaborations with leading external academics as well as ensured technology transfer into AstraZeneca. Scientifically, Lorna Ewart is passionate about the translation of preclinical science to patient outcome. She has over 25 peer reviewed publications and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and the British Pharmacological Society.
Fengzhou Fang – Director, Centre of Micro/Nano Manufacturing Technology University College Dublin
Professor Fengzhou Fang has been working in the field of manufacturing since he became a faculty member at university in 1982. His research interests are in the areas of micro/nano manufacturing, optical freeform manufacturing, bio-medical manufacturing, ultra-precision machining and metrology. He has been invited to deliver over 90 keynote speeches and invited presentations in international conferences and seminars in manufacturing field, and holds more than 50 patents related to manufacturing methods, processes, systems and instruments. Dr. Fang is a fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), the International Society for Nanomanufacturing (ISNM), and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). He served as a council member of CIRP, chairman of CIRP Manufacturing Curriculum Committee (MEC), and a board member of the Asian Society for Precision Engineering & Nanotechnology (ASPEN). He is the founding president of ISNM and the editor-in-chief of the Nanomanufacturing and Metrology (N&M).
Dr. Nicolas Gauquelin completed his studies in Materials Science and Solid-State Chemistry at the university of Rennes 1 (France). After completing his studies in 2005, he started a PhD in Physical Chemistry at the laboratory for Solid State Ionics in the RWTH Aachen in Aachen, Germany and graduated with honours in 2010. He then moved to the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy in McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. There, he developed skills in pushing electron microscopy to its frontiers using aberration corrected microscopes studying complex layered oxides and thin film heterostructures by atomically resolved EELS and HAADF STEM imaging. In 2013, he joined EMAT in Antwerp (Belgium) to polish his skills and refine his knowledge on Fine structure analysis of interfaces and developing new spectroscopies.
Erwin Kessels is a full professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology TU/e where he is also the scientific director of the NanoLab@TU/e clean room facilities. Erwin received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree (cum laude) in Applied Physics from the TU/e in 1996 and 2000, respectively. His research interests cover the field of synthesis of ultrathin films and nanostructures using methods such as (plasma-enhanced) chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and atomic layer deposition (ALD) for a wide variety of applications, mostly within nanoelectronics and photovoltaics. A main focus lies on nanomanufacturing aiming at materials and dimensions control through atomic level understanding.
Prof. Frank Koppens obtained his PhD in experimental physics at Delft University, at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, The Nederlands. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, since August 2010, Koppens is a group leader at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO). The quantum nano-optoelectronics group of Prof. Koppens focuses on both science and technology of
novel two-dimensional materials and quantum materials. Koppens has received four ERC grants, the Christiaan Hugyensprijs 2012, the Premis Nacional de Reserca, and the IUPAP young scientist prize in optics. Prof. Koppens is leader of the optoelectronics workpackage of the graphene flagship (1B€ project for 10 years).
Jan Korvink – Professor for Microsystems Technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Jan G. Korvink received his M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering (specializing in computational mechanics) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1987, and his Ph.D. degree from the ETH-Zurich, Switzerland, in 1993.
After completing graduation, he joined the Physical Electronics Laboratory, ETH Zurich. In 1997, he joined the University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, as full professor for microsystems engineering. In Freiburg he co-directed the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). In 2015 he joined the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where, besides directing the Institute of Microstructure Technology, he also acts as one of the speakers of the Helmholtz Programme “Science and Technology of Nanosystems”. He is the author or coauthor of more than 200 technical publications in the broad area of microsystems. He is a founding Editor of Advanced Micro and Nanosystems, and the co-founder of two successful startup companies.
His research interests include the development of ultralow-cost micromanufacturing methods, microsystem applications in the area of magnetic resonance imaging, and the design and simulation of micro- and nanosystems. He was the recipient of a Red Dot Design Concept Award in 2011, and a European Research Council Advanced Grant in the area of micro NMR metabolomics for the nematode C. elegans.
Twan Lammers obtained a DSc degree in Radiation Oncology from Heidelberg University in 2008 and a PhD degree in Pharmaceutics from Utrecht University in 2009. In the same year, he started the Nanomedicine and Theranostics group at the Institute for Experimental Molecular Imaging at RWTH Aachen University Clinic. In 2014, he was promoted to full professor at the faculty of medicine at RWTH Aachen. He has published over 150 research articles and reviews (>7000 citations, h-index 44), and has received several scholarships and awards, including a starting and proof-of-concept grant from the European Research Council, and the young investigator award of the Controlled Release Society. He is associate editor for Europe for the Journal of Controlled Release, and serves on the editorial board member of multiple other journals. His primary research interests include drug targeting to tumors, image-guided drug delivery and tumor-targeted combination therapies.
Laura M. Lechuga is Full Professor at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) & CIBER-BBN. Since 2013 she is a Distinguished Visiting professor (PVE) at the Dept. of Microwaves and Photonics, School of Electrical and Computer Sciences, University of Campinas (Brazil) and Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA) since 2014.
The principal focus of her research program is the technological development of photonic (plasmonics and silicon-based) biosensors, their integration in portable lab-on-a-chip platforms and their application for clinical and environmental diagnostics.Prof. Laura Lechuga is associate editor of the IEEE Photonics Journal, associate editor of the J. Optics and Laser Technology (Elsevier) and is at the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nanobiosensors in Disease Diagnosis and of the Journal of Sensors.
Dr. Peter Loskill is head of the Fraunhofer Attract group Organ-on-a-Chip in the Department of Cell and Tissue Engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) in Stuttgart, Germany. Dr. Loskill graduated in 2012 from Saarland University with a PhD in Physics focusing on Biointerface science. He then spent three years in the laboratory of Prof. K. E. Healy at the University of California at Berkeley. There, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow and project leader, funded by the NIH NCATS TissueChip program and the German Science Foundation, and developed organ-on-a-chip systems based on human iPS-cell technology. In 2015, he was named as one of Technology Review’s “Innovators under 35 Germany”. In 2016, he was awarded a Fraunhofer Attract Grant, the highest funded German starting grant program, which enabled him to start an independent research group at Fraunhofer IGB. His group focuses on the development of human iPS-cell based microphysiological Organ-on-a-chip Systems with applications in pharmaceutical research, toxicology screening, and mechanistic studies as well as on approaches for automatization and parallelization of these systems.
Dr. Eric Louis is a senior scientist in the Industrial Focus Group XUV Optics within the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology of the University of Twente.
He carried out research and development of EUV and soft X-ray multilayer reflective coatings since 1988, initially at the FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen, later DIFFER, and since 2014 at the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands. He worked on multilayers for several applications such as space research and synchrotron applications, but focused his research primarily on EUV and beyond-EUV multilayers for lithography.
Eric Louis has been responsible for research, development and the coating of several optics for the first EUV lithography tools now operational in semiconductor industry.
Furthermore he worked on layer smoothing mechanisms, stress mitigation, suppression of out of band radiation, lifetime issues and damage mechanisms when single and multilayer optics are exposed to extremely high photon fluxes.
Dr. Nebojsa Nenadovic received his Electrical engineering and MSc degree in Optoelectronics with honors from University of Belgrade, Serbia in 2000, and his PhD degree in Microelectronics with cum laude in 2004 from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Nebojsa joined Philips Semiconductors in 2005 after spending one year as s PostDoc researcher at Delft University of Technology. During his career in Philips Semiconductors and NXP Semiconductors, he worked on various IC technology and design technology projects as a senior and principal engineer, and as a project leader. From 2011 his focus is on development and industrialization of integrated sensors in CMOS, in particular Relative Humidity and Pressure sensors in CMOS. From 2015, he is with ams AG, where the work on Environmental sensors started in NXP Semiconductors continues. Nebojsa is certified PMP and Six Sigma Black Belt. He has received a number of recognition awards for his research and product creation activities. Nebojsa (co-)authored over 30 scientific papers and several patents. He is currently Engineering Manager in Eindhoven of Business Line Environmental Sensors, ams AG.
dr. Bert Jan Offrein is a principal research staff member at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland. He received his Applied Physics Master degree and Ph.D. in nonlinear integrated optics from the University of Twente, respectively in 1990 and 1994. Bert Jan then joined IBM Research – Zurich as a Post-Doctoral researcher, working on the design and characterisation of integrated optical devices for DWDM networks. In 1998, he changed to JDS Uniphase as a technical marketing and yield engineer for 980 nm pump lasers. One year later he returned to IBM Research – Zurich to lead the photonic device technology group realising state of the art adaptive integrated optical components. Since 2004, Bert Jan Offrein is the manager of the photonics group, addressing silicon photonics, electro-optic integration for system scaling and nano-photonic structures for quantum photonics.
Jaap den Toonder is full professor and Chair of the Microsystems group at Eindhoven University of Technology. He received his Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics in 1991 (cum laude), and his PhD degree (cum laude) in 1996, both from Delft University of Technology. In 1995, he joined Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. As a senior scientist, principal scientist, and project leader, he worked on a wide variety of applications. In 2008, he became Chief Technologist, leading the R&D programs on (micro-)fluidics and materials science and engineering. Next to his main job at Philips, he was a part-time professor of Microfluidics Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology between 2004 and 2013. Jaap den Toonder is currently leading the Microsystems group at Eindhoven University of Technology. His main research interests are: microfluidics, out-of-cleanroom micro-fabrication technologies, mechanical properties of biological cells and tissues, nature-inspired micro-actuators, and organs on chips. He has (co-)authored over 90 scientific papers, as well as over 40 patents, and he has given over 50 invited lectures at conferences. He was a member of the Editorial Board of Lab on a Chip from 2009 to 2013.
Experienced Business Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the Optical, MEMS and Life-Science industry. Skilled in Innovation Management, International Business and Product Development. Strong sales professional with over 10 years’ experience in international sales. In the position as Business Development Manager in the emerging microfluidic and life science business at IMT he initiated and coordinated various development and industrial projects from prototyping to serial production. Founded hands-on experience in Micro- and Nanotechnology, Optics, Spectroscopy, and Microfluidics. Studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Copenhagen and received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich.
Prof. Dr. Ashok Vaseashta is Professor of Professional Security Studies, Executive Director and Chair of Institution Review Board at NJCU, USA. He is a Chaired Professor of Nanotechnology at the Ghitu Institute of Electronic Engineering and Nanotechnologies, Academy of Science, Moldova. He provides strategic leadership to promote and advance research initiatives and priorities in support of defense and security. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, Institute of Nanotechnology, and the New York Academy of Sciences. His research interests include foresight and predictive intelligence, advanced and nano materials for development of chemical-bio sensors/detectors, environmental pollution monitoring/detecting and remediation; biosecurity; counterterrorism and unconventional warfare; and critical-infrastructure protection. He served as a William C. Foster fellow in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the US Department of State working with the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism and Foreign Consequence Management program. He also served as a Franklin Fellow and strategic S&T advisor in the office of Verification and Transparency Technologies/Arms Verification and Control at the US Department of State. He served as the Director of several NATO Advanced Study Institutes and Advanced Research workshops supported by NATO’s Emerging Security Challenges Division.