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 chairs the Cryogenic Society of Europe, and is board member of the International Cryogenic Engineering Committee, and of the International Cryocooler Conference.

He has published more than 220 papers, of which more than 125 in refereed journals.


International: Chairman Cryogenics Society of Europe, Board member of International Cryogenic Engineering Committee, Board member of International Cryocooler Conference



Physics & Astronomy
Engineering & Materials Science

Ancillary Activities

  • International Cryogenic Engineering Committee
    Member of the International Cryogenic Engineering Committee


Rajamani, K., Juffermans, E., Granelli, L., De Cuadra Rabaneda, A. , Rohlfs, W. , ter Brake, M. , van der Meer, T. , & Shahi, M. (2024). A low-frequency ferrohydrodynamic pump for a magneto-caloric refrigerator. Applied energy, 355, Article 122253. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2023.122253
Tolboom, A. H. , Holland, H. J. , Vermeer, C. H. , & ter Brake, H. J. M. (2023). Low Thermal Gradient Sorption Compressor Design. In Proceedings of the 28th International Cryogenic Engineering Conference and International Cryogenic Materials Conference 2022: ICEC28-ICMC 2022, Hangzhou, China (pp. 672-678). (Advanced Topics in Science and Technology in China; Vol. 70). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-99-6128-3_87
van Heijningen, J. V. , ter Brake, H. J. M., Gerberding, O., Chalathadka Subrahmanya, S., Harms, J., Bian, X., Gatti, A., Zeoli, M., Bertolini, A., Collette, C., Perali, A., Pinto, N. , Sharma, M., Tavernier, F., & Rezvani, J. (2023). The payload of the Lunar Gravitational-wave Antenna. Journal of Applied Physics, 133(24), Article 244501. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0144687
Onufrena, A., Koettig, T., Dorau, T., Bremer, J., Tirolien, T. , & ter Brake, H. J. M. (2022). Cryogenic performance of a high-effectiveness mesh-based counter-flow heat exchanger. Cryogenics, 125, Article 103495. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cryogenics.2022.103495
Tolboom, N. , Vermeer, C. , Holland, H. , & ter Brake, M. (2022). In-flow measurement of the composition of a binary gas mixture. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 1240, Article 012047. https://doi.org/10.1088/1757-899X/1240/1/012047
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), Article 215008. https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6382/ac8fdb

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Courses Academic Year  2023/2024

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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The Netherlands

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