Claas Willem Visser is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Twente. His lab develops multi-scale functional materials. By using fluid droplets or bubbles as "building block templates" for solid materials, their mechanical, acoustic, electrical, and biological properties are optimized for various applications.
From 2016 to 2018, Visser worked as a Rubicon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Here, he developed a new method for additive manufacturing of foams in the lab of Prof. Jennifer A. Lewis.
Before that, as a post-doc at the University of Twente, Visser co-developed a new technology for particle fabrication and 3D printing named "In-air microfluidics". This technology is now commercialized in spinoff company IamFluidics, of which Visser is co-founder and chief scientific officer.
Visser pursued his Ph.D. (2011-2015) under the supervision of Prof. Chao Sun (now at Tsinghua University) and Prof. Detlef Lohse, in the Physics of Fluids group at the University of Twente. Here, he contributed to fundamental studies on micro-scale droplet impact as well as applications such as laser-induced transfer of metals and droplet-based cell deposition.
From 2006 to 2011, Visser worked at Tata Steel Research, Development, and Technology as a researcher and project leader. He initiated several national and international research projects on hot rolling of metal strip.
Visser received his MSc degree in Applied Physics from the University of Twente in 2006. His thesis focused on lift forces on particles in rotating flows, and his internship was carried out in Prof. Xia's group at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.