Microfluidics: enabling organ-on-chip by merging technology and biology

Professor Jaap den Toonder
Microsystems group, Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Jaap den Toonder is full professor and chair of the Microsystems group at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He studied applied mathematics at Delft University of Technology and received a PhD degree in fluid mechanics (cum laude) from the same university in 1996.  In 1995, he joined the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where 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, micro-fluidics, molecular diagnostics, lab-on-chip, and immersion lithography. In 2008, he became Chief Technologist, leading the R&D program on (micro-)fluidics, and on materials science and engineering.   Next to his main job at Philips, Jaap den Toonder was a part-time professor at the Materials Technology group of the Eindhoven University of Technology between 2004 and 2013. His current main research interests are: microfluidics, out-of-cleanroom microfabrication technologies, mechanical properties of biological cells and tissues, nature-inspired micro-actuators and organs-on-chip.  Jaap den Toonder has (co-)authored over 80 scientific papers, as well as over 40 patents.