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Short Course on Practical Microfluidics (March, 11-15, 2019)


The course will take place at Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany, from March 11th to March 15th, 2019.

Ten lectures will be given in total accompanied by eight practical sessions with demonstrations, experiments and the possibility to work in the laboratories and cleanroom facilities, addressing different aspects in microfluidics. An exhibition from manufacturers and a welcome party will take place on Tuesday evening. A dinner is scheduled for Thursday. The course ends on Friday, March 15th, 2019 after lunch.

Daily schedule

8:30 – 10:00 Lecture (Mo – Fri)
coffee break
10:30 – 12:00 Lecture (Mo – Fri)
lunch break
13:00 – 14:30 Practical session (Mo –Thu)
coffee break / change of labs
15:15 – 16:45 Practical session (Mo – Thu)


Prof. Christian Cierpka, TU Ilmenau, Institute of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Prof. Dr.-Ing Christian Cierpka studied Aerospace engineering at Technische Universität Dresden, did a 9 month research master course at the von Kármán Institute for Fluid Mechanics in Belgium in the field of optical multiphase flow characterization and got his Ph.D. for a study on flow control on hydrofoils. During his Postdoc phase at Bundeswehr University Munich he was involved in the development of several optical diagnostic tools for microfluidics and head of a research group for electrochemical multi-phase flows. Since 2016 he is head of the group for engineering thermodynamics at Technische Universität Ilmenau. His main research interest include optical flow analysis, magneto hydrodynamics, microfluidic energy conversion and flow control in microfluidic systems

Prof. Christian Kähler, UniBw Munich, Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Christian Kähler received his Physics Diploma Degree from Techische Universität Clausthal in 1997, his PhD in Physics from the Georg August University of Göttingen in 2004 and his Habilitation from the Technical University in Brunswick in 2008. From 1996 to 2001 Dr. Kähler worked at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Göttingen, during which he had research stays at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 1996 and at Caltech in 1998. From 2001 to 2008 he was the head of the research group on Flow Control and Measuring Techniques at Technische Universität Braunschweig. He then became Professor for Fluid Dynamics and was appointed director of the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics of Universität der Bundeswehr Munich in 2008. His research covers a broad range of topics involving the development of optical measurement techniques on the micro and macro scale in order to further investigate complex phenomenon in microfluidics. He is a Steering committee member and organizer of the International PIV Challenge (2001 Göttingen, 2003 Busan, 2005 Pasadena, 2014 Lisbon) and co-authored the 3rd edition of the book Particle Image Velocimetry – A Practical Guide.

Prof. Michael Köhler, TU Ilmenau, Group for Physical Chemistry / Microreaction Technology

Prof. Dr. rer. nat Michael Köhler studied chemistry at the University of Halle and the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, where he received his Ph.D and Habilitation in 1986 and 1992, respectively. From 1992 to 2001 he was the head of the departments of microsystems and biotechnical microsystems at the Institute for Physical High Technology (IPHT) Jena, developing microlithography-based methods, sensors and reactors at the microscale. Since 2001 he is heading the group for Physical Chemistry / Microreaction Technology at the Technische Universität Ilmenau, focusing research on laboratory methods for synthesis of nanoparticles and the screening of microorganisms. Prof. Köhler published several books on microlithography, nanotechnology and segmentation techniques in microfluidics.

Prof. Stefan Sinzinger, TU Ilmenau, Optical Engineering Group

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Stefan Sinzinger received his Ph.D from the Friedrich-Alexander Universität (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany), Institute for Applied Optics (Prof. Dr. A. W. Lohmann), in 1993. There he was involved in the design, fabrication and characterization of diffractive and refractive microoptical elements. In 1990/1991 he spent 9 month at the NEC Research Institute in Princeton New Jersey, USA, performing research on Computer holography. In 1994 he joined Prof. Dr. J. Jahns at the Institute for information technology at the Fernuniversität Hagen where he was performing research on planar microoptical systems integration. After finishing his “Habilitation” on “Planar-optical systems technology” in 2002 he became Professor for Optical Engineering at the Technische Universität Ilmenau, Mechanical Engineering Department. The main research topics are microoptics for imaging and beam shaping applications, optical micromanipulation and innovative concept for optical sensing and imaging.

Prof. Jens Müller, TU Ilmenau, Electronics Technology Group

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Müller received his diploma degree for electrical engineering and the doctoral degree from the Technische Universität Ilmenau in 1992 and 1997, respectively. From 1997 to 2005, he held managing positions at Micro Systems Engineering GmbH, Berg, Germany. In 2005, he returned to Technische Universität Ilmenau to establish the junior research group “Functionalised Peripherics” and since 2008 he has been full professor for the Electronics Technology Group. His particular research interest covers functional integration for ceramic based System-in-Packages considering aspects of harsh environmental use, and high thermal / high-frequency requirements.

Prof. Hartmut Witte, TU Ilmenau, Group of Biomechatronics

Prof. Dr. med. Hartmut Witte is Mechanical Engineer and Physician. From 1990 to 1997 he was a member of Functional Morphology Group (Prof. Dr. phil. nat. H. Preuschoft) at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and received his Ph.D. in 1992, followed by the qualification as a „Specialists in Anatomy“ in 1995 and a Habilitation in the Medical Faculty in 1998. Starting in 1997, he worked as a group leader at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena in the Institute of Systematic Zoology and Evolutionary Biology (Prof. Dr. rer. nat. M. S. Fischer). After his election as a Professor of Biomechatronics by Technische Universität Ilmenau, he established new activities in the fields of biomimetics and BioMOEMS, and extended the existing scientific base in biomedical and usability engineering.

Lars Dittrich, 5microns GmbH, Ilmenau

Dipl.-Ing. Lars Dittrich studied Mechanical Engineering at Technische Universität Ilmenau and wrote his diploma thesis at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Already during his studies, he focused on microtechnologies and microsystems engineering. Since 2007 he worked as research associate in the micromechanical systems group at Technische Universität Ilmenau where he has been teaching numerous courses such as microtechnologies, microsensors, microactuators, or MEMS. Lars Dittrich is one of the founders and CEO of 5microns, a technology and service provider in the field of microsystems technology. His research interests include microfluidic systems, micro-macro interfaces and coupling, microactuators and microsensors.

Dr. Alexander Groß, TU Ilmenau, Group for Physical Chemistry / Microreaction Technology

Dr. rer. nat. Alexander Groß is an organic chemist by training and received a chemical-engineering degree from the University Darmstadt in 1997. In 2002 he got his Ph.D. from the University of Vienna for the investigation and development of synthesis and screening strategies in miniaturized formats. During his postdoc in the medicinal chemistry department of Merck (Darmstadt) he developed combinatorial chemistry methods for the single-bead synthesis of pharmaceutical screening libraries. End of 2003 he became a member of the micro reaction technology group at the TU-Ilmenau. His research interests focus on flow-chemistry and droplet-based microfluidics. He is a lecturer for instrumental analytics and PI for micro reaction technologies.

Dr. Meike Hofmann, TU Ilmenau, Optical Engineering Group

Dr.-Ing. Meike Hofmann studied Micromechatronics at Technische Universität Ilmenau, where she also received her Ph.D. in 2013 for the investigation and development of opto-fluidic microsystems for particle analysis. During her postdoctoral research at the Department of Microsystems Engineering – IMTEK, University of Freiburg i. Br., she worked as a group leader at the chair of Microoptics. Within a collaborative research center (SFB/TRR 123 PlanOS) she developed integrated Mach-Zehnder interferometers in thin polymer foils for sensing applications. Since 2017 she works in the group of Optical Engineering at Technische Universität Ilmenau. Her research interests comprise light sheet fluorescence microscopy, optical coherence tomography, optical microsystems for sensing applications and Talbot interferometry.

Dr. Jörg König, TU Ilmenau, Institute of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics

Dr.-Ing. Jörg König studied electrical engineering at Technische Universität Dresden, where he also received his Ph.D. in 2014 for the investigation and development of an optical flow measurement technique applied to study small scale flows in microfluidics and electrochemistry. During his postdoctoral research at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Material Research Dresden, he worked in the field of microfluidics using surface acoustic waves. Since 2017 he has been a research fellow in the group for engineering thermodynamics at Technische Universität Ilmenau, where he became head of the microfluidics laboratory. His research interests comprise optical techniques for the measurement of flow velocity and scalar quantities, microfluidics using surface acoustic waves and fuel cells.


The course is supported by major manufacturers within the field of microfluidics.