Dr. rer. nat. habil. Dipl. Phys. Jens Ducrée

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, Government Blockchain Organization (GBA), the bloxberg consortium DLT4RTD.com DLT4RTD at Blockchain for Science CON 2019

Dr. Jens Ducrée has a master’s and PhD in Physics. Before joining DCU as an Associate Professor in 2008, he founded and led the groups ”Lab-on-a-Chip Technologies” and the ”Lab-on-a-Chip Foundry Service” at the HSG-IMIT (now Hahn-Schickard) in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. Since 2005 Dr. Ducrée was also a senior faculty member at the world-renowned Institute for Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg (Germany).

Dr. Ducrée has so far contributed to more than 400 research publications in the field of microsystems, microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technologies and blockchain, amongst them over 100 scientific papers in mostly top-quartile journals (82 senior authored), presented 129 times at all major international conferences, 47 times as plenary or upon invitation, and gave 26 external seminars. He authored 11 reviews, 18 book chapters and 4 books / theses, among them the best-selling market study ”FlowMap - Microfluidics Roadmap for the Life Sciences”. His latest h-index at Google Scholar amounts to 44 (i10-index: 104) with a total number of 6808 citations (as of October 21, 2020).

Dr. Ducrée acted as general hosting chair of the International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (μTAS 2016) by CBMS in Dublin (Ireland) and the IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS 2018) in Belfast (Northern Ireland). He is presently presiding or part of several international steering and executive program committees, editorial board member of Nature Publishing Group’s journal Microsystems & Nanoengineering, and has served as (guest) editor of various special issues. In 2006, he received the FAM-award for excellence of scientific achievements in Microsystems Technology from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Freiburg (Germany), was named the President’s Researcher of the Year at Dublin City University (Ireland) in 2016 and awarded the title “AET Fellow” by International Academy of Engineering & Technology in 2019.

His application-focused, translational research approach is documented by an intellectual property portfolio comprising of 26 granted patents, about 60 filings, and an extended track record of successful collaborative RTD projects with industrial and leading-edge academic partners. His work has spawned several successful commercialisation initiatives, patent licencing and the foundation of companies. He served on Scientific Advisory Boards of several technology start-ups and multinational companies. Dr. Ducrée contributed to raise research income of more than 60 million , of which more than 15 million  directly supported his own group’s / centre’s research and technology development activities.

Dr. Ducrée has so far supervised 35 postdoctoral researchers and fellows, 11 PhD, 29 MSc (by Research) and 16 MSc (Taught) directly plus 10 externally co-supervised MSc and 37 BSc students as well as 84 local and international undergraduate(s). His current team comprises of 2 research fellows, 4 postdoctoral researcher(s) and 2 postgraduate student(s) plus 5 operational, 3 technical staff and a cohort of undergraduates and interns. Several prestigious awards, e.g. the “IOPI Rosse Medal”, the “Thesis in 3”, “Tell It Straight”, and the “μTAS 2015 Video Competition”, were received by group members. He is particularly proud of the career success of my former PhD and postdoctoral researchers who went on to become, for instance: professors, lecturers and senior scientists in renowned academic institutions, deputy director of a major research entity, VP Technology & Innovation at a high-impact microfluidic company, VP Supply Chain Management at a large multinational, and co-founder / COO of a successful microfluidic start-up.

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