Robert Puers

Robert Puers
KU Leuven, Dept. Elektrotechniek ESAT-MICAS
Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, Room 01.20
B-3001 LEUVEN, Belgium
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Robert (Bob) Puers was born in Antwerpen, Belgium, 1953, and grew up in Ghent. He received his Master of Industrial Sciences in Electronics (ing.) in Ghent in 1974, and his Master of Electrical Engineering (ir.) at the KU Leuven in 1977, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1986.

From 1980 he was employed as a Research Assistant at the Laboratory ESAT at KU Leuven. In 1986 he became Director (FWO) of the clean room facilities for silicon and hybrid circuit technology at the ESAT-MICAS laboratories of the same University. He pioneered research on micromachining, MEMS and packaging in Flanders, mainly for applications in implantable biomedical monitoring. Recently, microfluidic, microhydraulic and optical MEMS based on silicon and polymers have been added to his research.

Robert Puers is professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, since 1991.  

Main research interests

  • Biomedical implant systems (monitoring and stimulation)
  • Transducer and actuator principles
  • Mechanical sensors (pressure, acceleration, strain, temperature,...)
  • Silicon and polymer micromachining for MEMS
  • Packaging and interconnection techniques (hybrids, hermetic and biocompatible sealing,...)
  • Biotelemetry (inductive power delivery, bidirectional data communication)

Current Activities

He teaches several courses on Microsystems, IC technology, Biomedical Instrumentation, Equimpent and basic Electronics. He is involved in the organisation, reviewing and publishing activities of many conferences, journals and workshops in his research fields. He served as Editor-in-Chief for the IOP Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering for ten years, was general chair of the Eurosensors conferences between 2004 and 2010, and acted as the General Program Chairman for Transducers’07 in Lyon. He took major efforts to increase the impact of MEMS and Microsystems in both the international research community as well as in industry, and helped to launch three spin-off companies, ICSense, Zenso and MinDCet. Dr. Puers is also an IEEE and IoP fellow.