I was interested in micro and nanotechnology as this technology tests the limits of ordinary science.

MSc. Ronald Vogels, alumnus

Ronald Vogels is a Master's graduate who signed with Océ Technologies B.V. He has moved from research on a micro/nano level to full scale technology, working on the design of a new generation of printers. "At the university I was interested in micro and nanotechnology as this technology tests the limits of ordinary science. The normal laws sometimes no longer apply when you work on a very small scale", he explains.

"For my final project at Micro and Nano Technology, I designed a micro-gripper of 1mm by 1mm for use in manipulating samples under electron microscopes. This was contract research for FEI, who make electron microscopes. Because the gripper was so small, it had to be made in one piece, and of one material. I solved that by using shape memory material – a nickel and titanium alloy. The gripper is actuated by changing its temperature. It was a pretty good device, but I imagine PhD students after me will perfect the design as it is still very fragile."