Jeroen Vollenbroek received his BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering at the University of Twente. During his master, which he finished in 2016, he specialized in microtechnology and Lab on a Chip systems. He received a joint doctorate from the University of Twente (BIOS Lab on a Chip group) and Utrecht University (Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis) for his PhD thesis entitled “Microreactors for single catalyst particle diagnostics” in 2020. After that, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU, department of Nephrology and Hypertension), where he developed electrocatalytic systems for the oxidation of urea, with the aim of improving dialysate regeneration for use in a wearable artificial kidney. Currently, he is employed as a senior post-doctoral researcher at the University of Twente (BIOS Lab on a Chip group) and the University Medical Center Utrecht (department of Nephrology and Hypertension). Part of his UMCU appointment is detached at research institute Imec NL. He tries to bring together expertise of the technical research institutes for projects focused on the development of microdevices of artificial and implantable kidney systems and environmental applications. Some of the projects and grants he is involved in can be found under the research tab.
Projects and funding:
- KidneyX Artificial Kidney Prize (public-private partnership between U.S. HHS and ASN, 2021) for MI-TRAM (Miniature, wireless toxin-removal system for implantable, wearable, portable, or bedside artificial kidneys. MI-TRAM: Smart Module for Implantable, Wearable, Portable, or Bedside Artificial Kidneys - KidneyX
Partners involved: Imec, Utrecht University, University Medical Center Utrecht, RWTH Aachen (DE)
- Co-promotor of a PhD candidate
- Removing urea using a combination of chemisorption and physisorption base sorbents
- Groeifonds NXTGEN HIGHTECH, Artificial Organs. Biomedisch - NXTGEN Hightech
- Lab on Chip technologies for studying olivine weathering
Partners involved: BIOS Lab on a Chip group (University of Twente), Paebbl
- EWUU Seed Fund Alliance 2022: UPOD: Urea removing membranes for POrtable Dialysis (granted, main applicant). Collaboration across institutions: future food on Mars, a portable dialysis device and more – Challenging Future Generations (ewuu.nl).
Partners involved: Technical University Eindhoven, Wageningen University & Research, Utrecht University, University Medical Center Utrecht
- HORIZON EIC Pathfinder open 2022: KIDNEW (granted, co-applicant) Funding & tenders (europa.eu)
Partners involved: Imec, Utrecht University, University Medical Center Utrecht, CNRS (FR), Optofluid Technologies (EE), Me-Sep (PL)
- Development of a silicon nanopore filter and bioreactor for an implantable artificial kidney
- Fist supervisor of a postdoc