Krijnen Lab: Nature Inspired Fabrication & Transduction


Name:            Gijs Krijnen

Function:       Tenured full professor

Room:             Carré 3415

Tel:                 +31-53-4896240



Gijs Mei 2012B

Research Interests:

Transducers science in general, biomimetic, parametric and nonlinear transduction in particular, MEMS, added manufacturing, self-assembly.

Projects: SoftPro, FastAct, APRA, and in collaboration with the group of prof. Jérôme Casas we study Fluid dynamics of olfaction.

Previous projects: BioEARS, Cilia, Cicada


I teach in the BSc and MSc Electrical Engineering programs and the Advanced Technology BSc education.

I teach in Fields and Waves (201300186), both for the AT- and EE-students.

I am responsible for the EE MSc courses Transducers Science (201400427) and EM-Statics (191211690).

Information for prospective MSc students.

Interested in BSc/MSc assignments? Please make an appointment to discuss current possibilities and have a look at this short overview of pending assignments.


I received my M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering with honours from the University of Twente following a study on magnetic recording carried out at the Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven. In 1992 I received the doctorate degree with honours from the same university and was rewarded the 1993 Veder price of the Dutch Electronics and Radio Engineering Society (NERG) for my PhD-thesis on nonlinear integrated optics devices. From 1992-1995 I was a fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and studied second- and third-order non linear integrated optics devices. In this period I was a visiting scientist at the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers in Orlando, Florida, USA. In 1995-1997 I worked on integrated optic devices for optical telecommunication at the University of Twente and the Delft University of Technology. Since1998 I have been associate professor in the Transducers Science and Technology (TST) group of the MESA+ research institute and mainly responsible for the micro-actuator research. The last few years my attention has shifted to biomimetic MEMS. In 2005 I was rewarded a NWO Vici grant for my project proposal BioEARS on cricket inspired flowsensors. Since May 1st 2007 I am a full-professor of the chair of MEMS-Design focussing on bioinspired transducers. From April 2011 to December 2015 I was the chair of the Transducers Science & Technology group. My current research interests are Transducers science (including parametric and nonlinear transduction), Biomimetic sensors and 3D printed transducers.


·      Lead editor Special Issue IEEE Sensors Journal dedicated to the 2015 IEEE Sensors Conference in Bushan, Korea.

·      Editorial Board MDPI's Biomimetics.

·      Guest editor MicroMachines Special Issue “Biomimetics (2015).

·      Frontiers Bionics and Biomimetics editorial board.

·      Track Chair IEEE Sensors Conference in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

·      Organiser and (co-) chair of biomimetic special sessions at IEEE Sensors Conference in 2010, 2011, 2012.

·      Organiser and chair of special sessions at IEEE Sensors Conference on 3D printed sensors in 2015 and 2016.

·      Reviewer for many journals and conferences.

·      Published over 105 journal papers, 10 bookchapters and 235 conference proceedings as author or co-author.