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Prof. Dr. Roland Zengerle

Head of Laboratory for MEMS Applications and co-director of Hahn-Schickard

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Prof. Dr. Zengerle, Roland (Porträt)


Born in 1965, Professor Roland Zengerle studied physics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. From 1990 to 1995 he was a research engineer at the Fraunhofer-Institute of Solid State Technology in Munich (today: Fraunhofer EMFT). In 1994 Prof. Zengerle received a PhD degree for his thesis on the development of an electrostatically driven micropump. In 1995 he accepted a position as head of the microfluidics department at the Institut für Mikro- und Informationstechnik of the Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany.

Since 1999 Prof. Zengerle is full professor at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg, Germany. His laboratory named Laboratory for MEMS Applications is a foundation of industry in order to stimulate the cooperation between industry and academic research.

Since 2005 Prof. Zengerle is co-director of Hahn-Schickard having branches in Villingen-Schwenningen and Freiburg. Hahn-Schickard is a non-profit organization supporting industry in developing new products based on MEMS technologies.

Since October 2007 Prof. Zengerle is member of the “BIOSS Centre for Biological Signalling Studies” at the University of Freiburg.

The research of Prof. Zengerle and his team is focused on microfluidics and specializes in

  • lab-on-a-chip systems
  • contact-free microdosage technologies and applications
  • miniaturized and implantable drug delivery systems
  • analysis and modeling of porous electrodes in batteries and fuel cells
  • biofuel cells


Prof. Zengerle is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and is/was involved in the steering committees of several national and international conferences, such as IEEE-MEMS (2001 – 2009), Transducers (since 2012) and MicroTAS. He was also the founder of the bi-annual national MEMS conference series in Germany and he also co-founded the Springer Journal of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics (impact factor 2012: ~ 3.2).




Activities & Memberships


  • since 2012: member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina)
  • since 2012: steering committee member of bi-annual Transducers conference
  • 2001 - 2009: steering committee member of IEEE-MEMS conference
  • since 2007: advisory board member of IVAM (Microtechnology and Advanced Materials Network)
  • since 2005: steering committee member of the national MEMS conference “Mikrosystemtechnik-Kongress”
  • since 2005: IEEE member
  • since 2002: member of the GMM and VDE/VDI

Editorial Activities:

  • 2004 - 2014: European editor of the journal “Microfluidics and Nanofluidics”; Springer-Verlag Heidelberg; ISSN: 1613-4982; Impact factor 2012: 3.2


Conference Chairs:

  • 2013: Chairman of the 17th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS) in Freiburg, Germany (~ 1.100 participants)
  • 2010: Chairman of the World Micromachine Summit in Dortmund, Germany (conference on invitation only)
  • 2006: Co-Chair of IEEE-MEMS Conference in Istanbul (~ 600 participants)
  • 2005: Chairman of the 1st national MEMS conference (Mikrosystemtechnik-Kongress),10.-12. October in Freiburg (~ 800 participants)


Contact & Address


Department of Microsystems Engineering – IMTEK
Laboratory for MEMS Applications
Georges-Koehler-Allee 103
D-79110 Freiburg

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