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 multi-phase flow characterization and got his Ph.D. for a study on flow control on hydrofoils in 2009. 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.
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.
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.
Massimiliano Rossi has received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy and he is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark. He is an internationally recognized expert in particle-image based velocimetry methods and one of the pioneers of single-camera 3D PTV methods for microfluidic flows. His research interests cover several fields within experimental microfluidics, including acoustofluidics, droplets, and micro-swimmers.
Steffen Strehle received his doctorate in engineering from the TU Dresden (Germany). He was a researcher at IFW Dresden e.V., TU Dresden and Harvard University (USA) and held a professorship in semiconductor systems at Ulm University (Germany) from 2011 to 2019. Since 2019, he is a full professor at TU Ilmenau (Germany) and holds the Chair of Microsystems Technology Engineering. His research interests include micro- and nanostructuring techniques as well as the design of high-precision micro- and nanoscale sensors.
The 1st course on practical microfluidics 2019 was supported by the following major manufacturers within the field of microfluidics.