Challenges on Micro- and Nanofabrication for Medicine and Biology Applications

The miniaturization of traditional biomedicine devises is one of the most advanced fields of the current research work in different disciplines like Engineering, Material Science, Life Science, Physics, Chemistry or Biotechnology. This workshop is covering a general discussion over the today’s challenges in the fabrication of such devices in the micro- and nano- scale as well as their characterization.

Date: May 17, 2016

Time: 12:30 - 17:00

Location: Microfab Lab Building 15, Gemini-Noord (Floor-1), Eindhoven University of Technology. Entrance close to P6

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About The Workshop

The miniaturization of traditional biomedicine devices is one of the most advanced fields of the current research work in different disciplines like Engineering, Material Science, Life Science Physics, Chemistry or Biotechnology. New techniques in nano- and microfabrication have permitted the development of many lab‐on‐a chip, microfluidics or MEMS devices used in handheld medical or biology instruments for fast and accurate diagnostic and analysis in situ. 

This workshop is covering a general discussion over the today’s challenges in the fabrication of such devices at the micro‐ and nano‐ scale as well as their characterization. The behavior of fluids at the micro‐ and nano scale can differ from 'macrofluidic' behavior in that factors such as surface tension, energy dissipation, and fluidic resistance start to dominate the system. For this reason it is crucial to control, with a high degree of precision, all the manufacturing parameters so that the resulting device can perform at the desired way. 

About Live Demo Sessions


  • Zeta 20 with automatic 100 x 100 mm stage and the following measuring modes:
    • Zdot for 3D real color images for height, angle and roughness metrology with 13μm z resolution
    • ZFT - Film Thickness mode for 30μm to 75μm layers
    • ZX5 - White light Interferometer for < 1μm z resolution
    • ZIC - Nomarski Interference contrast mode for <3Å z resolution

Program Schedules

Time Activity
12:45 Doors open
13:30 - 13:45 Meeting opening by Carmen Van Vilsteren (Director TU/e Strategic Area Health)
14:30 - 15:00 Tech Challenge vs. Application Challenge: A case study-Microneedles for drug delivery by Dr. Regina Luttge (Associate Professor, Technische Unversiteit Eindhoven)
15:00 - 15:20 Coffee break
15:20 - 16:30 Face to Face session: Meet a micro- nanofab expert by:
  • Peter van Stiphout (Director at Bionchip Technologies)
  • Richard Bijlard (European Sales Manager at Invenios)
15:20 - 16:30 Parallel demo session of Zeta Instruments
Optical profilling of challenging samples like Microfluidics, Microneedles and MEMS devices
16:30 - 17:00 Wrap-up and closing

About TU/e Microfab Lab

The Microfab Lab is a central TU/e state-of-the-art facility for the efficient and flexible microfabrication of fully functional research prototype microdevices. Possible applications are: microfluidic devices, lab on a chip, micro-actuators and -sensors, and microreactors. The Lab focusses on micron-scale manufacturing; its capabilities are thus complementary to the TU/e NanoLab (NanoLab@TU/e), which focusses on the processing of nano-scale structures, typically for use in advanced integrated circuits, sensors, etc. 

The Microfab Lab consists of various labs with a total surface area of about 600 square meters, housing a unique combination of technologies like lithograpy, 3D printing, laser microfabrication and mechanical micromachining. A bio-lab is also part of the infrastructure. The Lab is designed for both research and education. It will enable new research lines, stimulate interdiscplinary collaboration between research groups, and make it attractive to start joint projects between TU/e, other universities, and industrial partners especially in the region of Eindhoven.

About Microsystems

Human capital and wellbeing correlate with health. Since our environmental and financial resources are restricted within a population that grows steadily older we need to re-think economic growth.

Microsystems can provide a pivotal contribution to effective use of expensive material of limited availability, which includes soft materials being received from our body for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Such organic resources are very precious and their handling should be performed with great care. To do just that at the Microsystems group, Mechanical Engineering department, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, we are passionate about microfluidic systems and their applications. The architecture of our devices are at the length scale of the diameterof a human hair and extend into the centimetre (size of a postal stamp) or the nanometer (size of a molecule) range where required.

About Zeta

Zeta Instruments designs, manufactures, sells and services Multi-Mode optical profilers and defect inspection systems for multiple high-technology industries, including: advanced semiconductor packaging, high-brightness LEDs, advanced glass manufacturing, solar, microfluidics and data storage. Zeta has delivered consistent growth and has installed over 200 systems in 20 countries. Its locations include headquarters in San Jose, CA, a regional office in Shanghai, China, and sales and service representatives worldwide.

Other Information

  • Workshop is totally Free but registration is required. Please fill the registration form
  • Microfab Lab
    Building 15, Gemini-Noord (Floor-1)
    Eindhoven University of Technology
    de Zaale, 5612 AJ Eindhoven, the Netherlands
  • Maximum Attendance: 45 people (max. capacity of meeting room)
  • If you wish to bring a sample to be measured, please indicate it at the registration form