Full Professor

Jaap den Toonder

One of the most fascinating scientific trends of today is the merging of technology and biology: new technological solutions are inspired by biology, and technology is used to study, understand, and even steer biological processes.”


Research Profile

Jaap den Toonder is full professor and Chair of the Microsystems group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His group focuses its research on the investigation and development of innovative technological concepts and fabrication methods for microsystems for a wide range of applications. The application focus is on microfluidic chips, biomedical microdevices, and soft microrobotics. The group’s research approaches are often biologically inspired, translating principles from nature into technological innovations. Den Toonder’s main personal research interests are microfluidics, mechanical properties of biological cells and tissues, nature-inspired micro-actuators and organs-on-chips to understand cancer. Den Toonder teaches courses on microfabrication methods, microfluidics, and heat and flow in microsystems, in which hands-on learning is a key element.

Academic Background

Jaap den Toonder studied at Delft University of Technology where he obtained his MSc in Applied Mathematics (with honors). He received his PhD  (with honors) from the same university on a numerical/theoretical and experimental study of drag reduction in turbulent flows by polymer additives. In 1995, he joined Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, and began working in mechanics of solid materials. 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, and micro-fluidics. In 2008, he became Chief Technologist, leading the R&D program on (micro-)fluidics, and (starting  2011) materials science and engineering. He was involved in research programs on molecular diagnostics, lab-on-chip, immersion lithography and energy applications.   In addition to his job at Philips, Jaap den Toonder was a part-time professor at the TU/e  Materials Technology group between 2004 and 2013.  He has (co-)authored over 90 scientific papers, as well as over 40 patent applications. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Lab on a Chip, Micro-and Nanoelectromechanical Systems and Biomimetics.

Educational Activities

  • Microfabrication methods
  • Microfluidics put-to-work
  • Preparation phase graduation project
  • Bachelor final project CEM - Microsystems
  • Heat and flow in microsystems
  • Graduation project Microsystems (int)

Ancillary Activities

  • Member and vice chairman, Fom committee Phenomenological Physics
  • Editorial Board, Micro-and Nanoelectromechanical Systems
  • Member and TU/e representative, Founding Partners Committee of the human organ and Disease Model Technologies Institute (hDMT)
  • Editorial Board, Lab on Chip
  • Scientific advisor, 0.1FTE, Philips Research