Microfluidics and Lab on a Chip


The research group:

Research topics of AG Schnakenberg:

  • Microfluidic and digital microfluidic systems combined with
    • Electrical and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)
    • Surface Acoustic Wave sensors (SAW)
    • Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance Spectroscopy (LSPR)
    • Electroporation of Living Cells
  • Mechanobiology
    • Stretchable Electrodes for Cell culture characterization
    • Magnetic Tweezers

The group leader:

Apl. Prof. Dr. Ing. Schnakenberg received his Diplom-Physics degree from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, in 1986. Afterwards, he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology in Berlin, Germany, working in the field of innovative microsystem technologies and microsystems. In 1994, he received the Dr.-Ing. degree from the Technical University Berlin, Germany. In 1996, he returned to RWTH Aachen University working as Akademischer Rat and research director on a permanent faculty position at the Institute of Materials in Electrical Engineering 1 (IWE 1) responsible for the development of microsystems and microfluidic systems for life science applications. In 2003, he received the EUROSENSORS XVII Fellow Award for his major contributions in sensor technologies. In 2008, he was chair of the MicroMechanics Europe Workshop MME 2008. He is member of the program committee of the EUROSENSORS, TRANSDUCERS and IEEE Sensors conferences. In the year 2015, he received an adjunct professor title in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of RWTH Aachen University. His current research interests are in development of microfluidic systems with integrated microelectrodes and in development of a digital fluidic platform technology for sensing and actuation applications in biomedicine and biotechnology. Apl. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Schnakenberg is author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed journal publications (ORCID: 0000-0002-2251-0605).