dr. I.S.M. Khalil (Islam)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Islam S. M. Khalil received his master’s and doctoral degrees in Mechatronics Engineering. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the  Department of Biomechanical Engineering  at the University of Twente. For two years he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Robotics and Mechatronics research group and MIRA–Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine, University of Twente. He was also the Director of the Medical Micro and Nanorobotics Laboratory at the German University in Cairo, Egypt. His research interests include modeling and design of motion control systems for soft microrobots, biologically-inspired microrobots, mechatrnoic system design, and untethered magnetic micro/nanorobotics with applications to micro/nanomanipulation, microassembly, and targeted drug delivery.


Engineering & Materials Science
Magnetic Fields
Motion Control
Physics & Astronomy


Wang, Z., Klingner, A., Magdanz, V. , Misra, S. , & S.M. Khalil, I. (2024). Soft Bio-Microrobots: Toward Biomedical Applications. Advanced Intelligent Systems, 6(2), Article 2300093. https://doi.org/10.1002/aisy.202300093
El Gohary, N. A., Mahmoud, A., Ashraf Nazmy, M., Zaabalawi, R., El Zahar, L. , Khalil, I. S. M., & Mitwally, M. E. (2024). Magnetic polycaprolactone microspheres: drug encapsulation and control. International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials, 73(2), 143-153. https://doi.org/10.1080/00914037.2022.2132248
Magdanz, V., Cumming, J. R., Salamzadeh, S., Tesselaar, S. , Alic, L. , Abelmann, L. , & S.M. Khalil, I. (2023). Influence of Nanoparticle Coating on the Differential Magnetometry and Wireless Actuation of Biohybrid Microrobots. In 2023 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 2653-2658). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS55552.2023.10341258
Ligtenberg, L.-J. W., Ekkelkamp, I. A. A. , Halfwerk, F. R. , Goulas, C. , Arens, J., Warlé, M. , & Khalil, I. S. M. (2023). Helical Propulsion in Low-Re Numbers with Near-Zero Angle of Attack. In 2023 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 2647-2652). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/iros55552.2023.10341627
Ligtenberg, L.-J. W. , & S.M. Khalil, I. (2023). Input-Output Boundedness of a Magnetically-Actuated Helical Device. In 2023 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2023) (pp. 5433-5438). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICRA48891.2023.10160556
Zhang , K., Klingner, A., Le Gars, Y. , Misra, S., Magdanz, V. , & S.M. Khalil, I. (2023). Locomotion of bovine spermatozoa during the transition from individual cells to bundles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 120(3), Article e2211911120. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2211911120
Wang, Z., Klingnert, A., Magdanz, V., Hoppenreijs, M. , Misra, S. , & S.M. Khalil, I. (2023). Flagellar Propulsion of Sperm Cells Against a Time-Periodic Interaction Force. Advanced Biology, 7(1), Article 2200210. https://doi.org/10.1002/adbi.202200210
Welleweerd, M. K. , Hageman, T. , Pichel, M., Van As, D., Keizer, H., Hendrix, J., Micheal, M. M. , Khalil, I. S. M., Mir, A., Korkmaz, N., Kräwinkel, R., Chevrier, D. M., Faivre, D., Fernandez-Castane, A., Pfeiffer, D. , & Abelmann, L. (2022). An open-source automated magnetic optical density meter for analysis of suspensions of magnetic cells and particles. Review of scientific instruments, 93(9), Article 094101. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0098008
Morcillo i Soler1, P., Hidalgo, C., Fekete, Z., Zalanyi, L. , S.M. Khalil, I., Yeste , M., & Magdanz, V. (2022). Bundle formation of sperm: Influence of environmental factors. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 13, 1. Article 957684. https://doi.org/10.3389/fendo.2022.957684
Kaya, M. (2022). Multicolor fluorescence microscopy for tracking magnetic micro-agents. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036554343
Li, C. , Halfwerk, F. R. , Arens, J. , Misra, S., Warlé, M. C. , & S. M. Khalil, I. (2022). Controlled Helical Propulsion Against the Flow of a Physiological Fluid. Paper presented at 5th Annual International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales, MARSS 2021, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. https://doi.org/10.1109/marss55884.2022.9870248
van Renselaar, E., Keitel, B., Dinc, M., Mizaikoff, B. , Susarrey Arce, A. , Gardeniers, H. , Abelmann, L. , & S. M. Khalil, I. (2022). Scaling Rules for Microrobots with Full Energetic Autonomy. In S. Haliyo, M. Boudaoud, E. Diller, X. Liu, Y. Sun, & S. Fatikow (Eds.), Proceedings of MARSS, International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/MARSS55884.2022.9870509
Magdanz, V., Klingner, A. , Abelmann, L. , & S. M. Khalil, I. (2022). Rigid-Body rotation versus transverse bending wave swimming of magnetically-functionalized sperm cells. In S. Haliyo, M. Boudaoud, E. Diller, X. Liu, Y. Sun, & S. Fatikow (Eds.), 2022 International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS) IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/MARSS55884.2022.9870506
Farag, M. M. M., Sadek, A. A. M. M., Kim, C.-S., Park, J.-O. , Misra, S. , & S. M. Khalil, I. (2022). 2D Magnetic Actuation and Localization of a Surface Milli-Roller in Low Reynolds Numbers. IEEE Robotics and automation letters, 7(2), 3874-3881. https://doi.org/10.1109/LRA.2022.3148787
Dias, J. M. S., Estima, D., Punte, H., Klingner, A., Marques, L., Magdanz, V. , & S. M. Khalil, I. (2022). Modeling and Characterization of the Passive Bending Stiffness of Nanoparticle-Coated Sperm Cells using Magnetic Excitation. Advanced Theory and Simulations, 5(3), Article 2100438. https://doi.org/10.1002/adts.202100438
Magdanz, V., Llobera, A., Fuentes, J., Mahdy, D. , Khalil, I. S. M., Guix, M., & Sanchez, S. (2021). 3D printed magnetic robots for cell delivery with tuned flexibility. In MicroTAS 2021 - 25th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (pp. 1697-1698). The Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society.
Ebrahimi, N., Bi, C., Cappelleri, D. J., Ciuti, G., Conn, A. T., Faivre, D., Habibi, N., Hošovský, A., Iacovacci, V. , Khalil, I. S. M., Magdanz, V. , Misra, S., Pawashe, C., Rashidifar, R., Soto-Rodriguez, P. E. D., Fekete, Z., & Jafari, A. (2021). Magnetic Actuation Methods in Bio/Soft Robotics. Advanced functional materials, 31(11), Article 2005137. https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202005137
Magdanz, V., Llobera, A., Fuentes, J., Mahdy, D. , S. M. Khalil, I., Guix, M., & Sanchez, S. (2021). 3D printed magnet robots for cell delivery with tuned flexibility. Abstract from 25th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, µTAS 2021, Palm Springs, California, United States.

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