Prof. dr. ir. Marcel ter Brake

Chair Holder EMS


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Faculty of Science & Technology

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The Netherlands


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Prof. dr. Marcel ter Brake received his doctoral degree in 1986 at the University of Twente (UT) after which, he became member of the Low Temperature Division at UT. Focus of his work was the realization of a Biomagnetic Center equipped with a magnetically shielded room and home-made multichannel SQUID-based neuromagnetometers. The advent of high-temperature superconductivity in 1986 allowed the use of small cryocoolers that were available on the market mostly for military applications. The interfacing of these coolers to ultra-sensitive devices such as SQUIDs became an important field of Marcel’s research. In this work, his attention shifted from SQUIDs to cryocooling and more specifically to microcooling, a project that was started in Twente in 1995. In this ongoing project, MEMS technologies are applied to realize cryocooler components. In recent years, in addition to microcooling also research was performed on sorption-based compressors combined with Joule-Thomson coolers.

Marcel ter Brake was appointed as Professor at the UT in 2010 and holds the chair of Energy, Materials and Systems. He is member of the American Cryogenic Society and board member of the International Cryogenic Engineering Committee.