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Academic biography

Dr. Jens Ducrée holds a Full Professorship of Microsystems in the School of Physical Sciences at Dublin City University (DCU). He has been the founding director of FPC@DCU – Ireland’s first Fraunhofer Project Centre for Embedded Bioanalytical Systems, a joint initiative of Science Foundation Ireland and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Dr. Ducrée is also academic member of the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) and the 3U Joint Institute of Global Health (JIGH), and a principal investigator at the Biodesign Europe (BDE).The main part of his research is directed towards novel microfluidic systems and associated actuation, detection, fabrication and instrumentation technologies for the integration, automation, miniaturization and parallelization of bioanalytical protocols (e.g., immunoassays, nucleic acid testing, general chemistry and cell counting including sample preparation). Typical applications of these next-generation “Lab-on-a-Chip” platforms are sample-to-answer systems for biomedical point-of-care and global diagnostics, liquid handling automation for the life sciences (e.g., concentration / purification and amplification of DNA / RNA from a range of biosamples), process analytical techniques and cell line development for biopharma as well as monitoring the environment, infrastructure, industrial processes and agrifood. Dr. Ducrée has a keen interest in industrialisation of larger-scale integrated (LSI) Lab-on-a-Chip systems which is boosted by platform strategies including design-for-manufacture and scale-up, digital twin concepts for virtual manufacture, testing, characterisation and optimisation, failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), and standardisation to expedite and de-risk research & technology development (RTD).Dr. Ducrée also explores avenues for globalising and democratising science and RTD, value creation, supply chains and new deals on data through open technology platform strategies leveraged by novel trends such as crowdsourcing, foundry models, citizen science and the cryptoeconomy based on blockchain. In this context he investigates synergies with highly disruptive 21st century technologies like digital manufacturing, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, internet of things (IoT), cloud computing and redistributed manufacturing (RDM). Accompanying these activities, Dr. Ducrée is a member of the national mirror committee (NMC) to ISO TC 307 (Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies) organised by the NSAI, the Government Blockchain Organization (GBA), and the bloxberg consortium initiated by Max Planck digital library (MPDL), and guest editor of Frontiers in Blockchain. - DLT4RTD at Blockchain for Science CON 2019

Research interests

Dr. Jens Ducrée’s main scientific research interests are in the fields of micro- and nanofluidic lab-on-a-chip technologies, underlying micro- and nanofabrication schemes, handling and processing of complex (bio-)fluids including blood and cell suspensions, detection technologies, instrumentation and system integration. The fields of application he has been involved in are cell research, systems biology, immunoassays, molecular diagnostics, integrated sample preparation, bioprocess engineering, water analysis, energy harvesting, microprocess engineering and polymer microfabrication. Dr. Ducrée has been very active in technology transfer, e.g. by engineering research tools for the life sciences, systems biology and biomedical, point-of-care diagnostic devices compliant with clinical environments, doctor’s offices and resource-poor settings in home care and global health.Keywords: lab-on-a-chip, TAS, uTAS, microTAS, microfluidics, nanofluidics, microfluidic platforms, microsystems, MEMS, micromachining, microfabrication, polymer micromachining, microhydrodynamics, centrifugal microfluidics