prof.dr.ir. H.J.M. ter Brake (Marcel)

Full Professor

About Me

Marcel ter Brake received his doctoral degree in 1986 at the University of Twente (UT). His PhD work was on a SQUID-based horizontal-access rock magnetometer. Following his PhD, he became member of the Low Temperature Division at UT. Focus of his work was the realization of a Biomagnetic Center equipped with a magnetically shielded room and home-made multichannel SQUID-based neuromagnetometers. These magnetometers were all liquid-helium cooled.

The advent of high-temperature superconductivity in 1986 allowed the use of small cryocoolers that were available on the market mostly for military applications. The interfacing of these coolers to ultra-sensitive devices such as SQUIDs became an important field of Ter Brake’s research. In this work, he started a project on microcooling in 1995. In this ongoing research, MEMS technologies are applied to realize cryocooler components.

In the last 15 years, in addition to microcooling also research was performed on sorption-based compressors combined with Joule-Thomson coolers. These sorption coolers are essentially vibration free and are of interest specifically for space missions but can also be beneficial in terrestrial applications.

Marcel ter Brake was appointed Associate Professor at UT in 2000, and Full Professor and chair holder of Energy, Materials and Systems at UT per January 1st 2010. Next to cryogenic technologies, this research chair investigates the use of superconductivity in large-current applications, focusing on systems to be applied in future energy chains.

Marcel ter Brake had a 10% Professor appointment at the Technological University of Eindhoven (TUE) from September 2004 to September 2010. He is scientific director of the SBE-Institute of Engineering at the University of Twente. He chairs the International Cryogenic Engineering Committee and the Cryogenic Society of Europe, and is board member of the European Society for Applied Superconductivity.

He has published more than 170 papers, of which more than 100 in refereed journals.


  • Scientific director SBE Institute of Engineering
  • International: Chairman Cryogenics Society of Europe, Chairman ICEC, ICEC26 in March 2016 in New Dehli


Physics & Astronomy
Engineering & Materials Science


Utina, A., Amato, A., Arends, J., Arina, C., de Baar, M., Baars, M., Baer, P., van Bakel, N., Beaumont, W., Bertolini, A., van Beuzekom, M., Biersteker, S., Binetti, A. , ter Brake, H. J. M., Bruno, G., Bryant, J., Bulten, H. J., Busch, L., Cebeci, P., ... Zhang, T. (2022). ETpathfinder: a cryogenic testbed for interferometric gravitational-wave detectors. Classical and quantum gravity, 39(21), [215008]. https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6382/ac8fdb
Onufrena, A., Koettig, T., Bremer, J., Tirolien, T., Dorau, T., Laguna, M. B. , & ter Brake, H. J. M. (2022). Design of a compact mesh-based high-effectiveness counter-flow heat exchanger and its integration in remote cooling systems. International journal of heat and mass transfer, 183(Part B), [122107]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2021.122107
Koutoulaki, A. (2021). CO2 evaporative cooling for the ATLAS detector. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036552325

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