MEMS and Opportunities for University/Industry Technology Transfer

Date: 15 Sep 2004 - 15 Sep 2004

Venue: Auditorium, Tower Block, SIMTech, 71 Nanyang Drive


The continuous progress in MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) has allowed the development of many innovative products in process control, environmental monitoring, healthcare, automotive and aerospace as well as in information and communication technology. In this presentation an overview will be given of research results, which have been successfully transferred to industry. In particular, examples of MEMS applications in consumer goods (watches), advanced measurement instrumentation (Scanning Probe Microscopy and Fluidic Dispensers) and aerospace applications (Micro thrusters) will be highlighted.


Prof. Nicolaas F. de Rooij received a M.Sc. degree in physical chemistry from the State University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, in 1975, and a Ph.D. degree from Twente University of Technology, The Netherlands, in 1978. From 1978 to 1982, he worked at the Research and Development Department of Cordis Europa N.V., The Netherlands. In 1982, he joined the Institute of Microtechnology of the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland (IMT UNI-NE), as professor and head of the Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Laboratory. Since October 1990 till October 1996 and again from October 2002, he is acting as director of the IMT UNI-NE. He lectured at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ), and since 1989, he has been a part-time professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). His research activities include microfabricated sensors, actuators, and microsystems. He was a member of the steering committee of the International Conference on Solid-State Sensors and Actuators and of Eurosensors. He acted as European Program Chairman of Transducers '87 and General Chairman of Transducers '89. He is a member of the editorial boards for the journals Sensors and Actuators, Sensors and Materials and the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. Dr. de Rooij is a IEEE Fellow.