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Prof. Dr. Gerald Urban


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Place of birth: Vienna

Nationality: Austrian and German

Marital status: Married, 2 children

  • 1973: Matura (Abitur) at the "Sigmund Freud Gymnasium" in Vienna.
  • 1979: Graduated in technical physics at the Technical University of Vienna.
    • Thesis topic: Use of tantalum substrates as the basis for highly integrated brain probes.
  • 1985: PhD "Dr.-Ing." with honors (Summa cum Laude) at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Technical University of Vienna.
    • Thesis topic: High-resolution micro thermometer for medicine and technology.
  • 1979 - 1981: Two-year employment at the Neurosurgical University Hospital, AKH Vienna with Prof. J. Ganglberger.
    • Tasks: Developing a potential measurement probe with 32 spots for the measurement of DC potentials in deep brain areas (basal ganglia) during stereotactic surgery. Redevelopment of a three-dimensional photolithography on curved cylindrical substrates for the integration of thin film potential measurement electrodes on a surgical instrument.
  • 1982 - 1985: Research Assistant at the Institute of General Electrical Engineering of the Technical University of Vienna.
    • Tasks: Successful application of thin film sensors during stereotactic surgery. Development of a multiple thin film temperature sensor based on amorphous germanium for the detection of the temperature distribution in the cortex and of a thin film bolometer for the detection of neutral particles.
  • 1984 - 2003: Member of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Biomedical Technology at the Institute of General Electrical Engineering and Electronics at the Technical University of Vienna.
  • September/October 1985: Medical-technical study visit in China.
  • 1985: Co-founder of the company Otto Sensorenfabrikationsgesellschaft (OSC), based in Cleveland, Ohio, and Vienna.
    • Tasks: Characterization of thin film oxygen sensors, Integration and production transition of the developed temperature and oxygen sensors in miniaturized carriers. Carry out of market studies and exhibition organizations in Europe for the examination of the market acceptance of the developed products.
  • 1986 - 87: Study visits at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster and the University of Amsterdam, Institute for Neurophysiology.
    • Task: Neurophysiologic experiments with the developed brain probes.
  • 1990 - 1996: Group leader of the Biomedical Technology and Sensors (approximately 15 academics and 5 technicians)
    • External funding accumulated about 5 million Euro (1986-1995). Collaborations with numerous domestic and foreign universities, research institutes and companies.
  • 1994: Foundation of the company Biosensor GnbR for the production transition and commercial use of the developed biosensors.
  • 1.7.1994: Habilitation procedure finished.
    • Habilitation topic: Integrated miniaturized sensors for clinical and process-related applications.
  • 1995 - 2003: Scientific director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Biomedical Technology.
    • Scientific activities: Redevelopment of miniaturized integrated ion selective electrodes and biosensors for in vitro (decentralized measurement laboratory on chip) and in vivo measurement (monitoring). Development of a novel treatment probe for varices in the esophagus (food tube) and endobronchial stents in collaboration with several companies.
  • 1995: Second ranking successor to Prof. Anliker at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (C4), ETH Zurich.
  • 1996: Acceptance of the call for professorship (C4) at the University of Freiburg, Department of the Microsystems Engineering.
  • 2015/16: Sabbatical at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and Stanford University.


  • Since 1997: Participation in 28 appeal proceedings at the University of Freiburg, thereof 8 as Chairman.
  • 1997 - 1999: Vice dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
  • 1999 - 2001: Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
  • 1997 - 1999: Head of the library committee of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
  • 1998: Founding member of the Centre for Applied Biosciences (ZAB).
  • 2001 - 2003: Vice dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
  • 2002: Board member of the Freiburg Materials Research Center (FMF).
  • 2002: Co-founder of Jobst Technologies GmbH.
  • 2006: Co-initiator of the Excellence Initiative "μMAT" (1st and 2nd season) and the Graduate School "PolyMIC", Co-initiator of "Soft matter" in the 3. research line of the Excellence Initiative Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS).
  • 2006: Electoral members of the Senate.
  • 2008: Coordinator of top cluster BMBF guiding theme "Robust sensors".
  • 2008 - 2010: Internal fellow at FRIAS.
  • 2009 - 2011: Spokesman of the academic senate.


  • 1993: Assessor for Italian, German and Austrian Ministries of Science and for the European Commission in Brussels for EC projects in the Framework Programme 3 to 7 (BIOMED, ENVIRON, BRITE Euram, IST), Member of the strategic committee setting up the 5th EU framework Programme.
  • 1999: Founding member of the Forum for Applied Microsystems Engineering (FAM).
  • 2001 - 2003: Supervisory board member of the company Peguform, Bötzingen.
  • 2002: Scientific advisory board member CTR Villach.
  • 2006: Series Editor of "Chemical sensors and Biosensors" Springer Verlag.
  • 2006: Head of the division "Micro- and nanotechnology" at the VDE/DGBMT.
  • 2010: Corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
  • 2012: Visiting Professor at the "Center for Advanced Studies", WUT Warsaw.
  • 2016: Review board member in "Biomedical Systems Technology" at the DFG.
  • 2018: EAMBES-Fellow (European Alliance for Medical And Biological Engineering Sciences)


  • 1990: Stefan Schuy Award for Biomedical engineering
  • 1993: AVL-List Award
  • 1993: Best Poster Award in Eurosensors
  • 1994: Hoechst Award


  • IEEE
  • VDE
  • GdCH



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