Transducers Science and Technology group

Welcome! We at TST specialize in three-dimensional nano- and microfabrication based on top down lithography methods. Within the MESA+ Research Institute for Nanotechnology, we invent new fabrication techniques and acquire fundamental understanding on the underlying physics. We demonstrate the techniques on various devices and try to understand the science of working principles and design, with the aim to ultimately transfer our knowledge to industry.

We contribute substantially to the classical physics education of engineers at the University of Twente, mainly the Electrical Engineering and Advanced Technology bachelor tracks, Electrical Engineering and Nanotechnology master programs and Nanodevices and Systems graduate school.

Latest news

Biomimetic Research TST Awarded

TST biomimetic research awarded

Harmen Droogendijk was selected by an international jury for a 3rd place in the Bionic-Award 2014. The price was awarded for the quality of the biomimetic work carried out in the framework of the NWO/STW VICI project BioEARS (Bioinspired Engineering of Array Sensors) on the analysis, understanding and technical implementation of hair-based flow-sensors as inspired by the flow-sensitive hairs found on the cerci of crickets. ... read more

Improving signal-to-noise ratio by additive noise in a MEMS based slider structure

IEEE’s Journal of Micromechanical Systems (JMEMS) has recently accepted our paper “Stochastic Resonance in a Voltage-Controlled Micromechanical Slider” and put it online. Stochastic resonance (SR) is a phenomenon that has been extensively investigated theoretically, but which is much harder to study experimentally. In this paper, we report on an experimental micromechanical slider structure that allows for full control of most of the parameters that are of importance for the occurrence of SR. ... read more

Bio-inspired acceleration sensor

A biomimetic accelerometer inspired by the cricket's clavate hair

Today our paper “A biomimetic accelerometer inspired by the cricket's clavate hair” has been published in the prestigious journal for cross-disciplinary research of the Royal Society Interface (ranked fifth in JCR's multidisciplinary category). The paper is based on crickets so-called clavate hairs, which they use to sense (gravitational) acceleration and to obtain information on their orientation. ... read more

Magnetic sperm cells

In his master thesis project, Herman Dijkslag of the RAM group demonstrated how artificial sperm cells fabricated at TST can be propelled by external magnetic fields. ... read more