Peter Woias

Prof. Dr. Peter Woias, Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Dept. of Microsystems Engineering, Gemany

Prof. Dr. Peter Woias graduated in electrical engineering at the Technical University of Munich in 1988. He also received his doctorate from the TU Munich, working on the application of Ion Sensitive Field Effect Transistors (ISFETs) in flow injection analysis. He has started his post-doc career at the Fraunhofer Institutes for Solid-State Technology and for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems, both in Munich, as group manager and, later, head of the department Micromechanics, Actuators and Fluidics. During this time he was directing basic and industrial research on various microfluidic devices and systems, like, e.g. micropumps, microvalves or micro flow sensors.

Since 2000 Peter Woias is a full professor and head of the Laboratory on Engineering Design of MEMS at the Dept. of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) of the Albert-Ludwig-University Freiburg. His actual research focuses on microfluidics for medical applications, chemical micro process engineering, micro energy technology and microfabrication.

Peter Woias is a member of the German associations of electrical and industrial engineers (VDE and VDI). In 2003 and 2004 he was chairman of two SPIE Conferences on “Microfluidics, BioMEMS and Medical Microsystems”, both held in San Francisco, CA. In 2007 he was chair of the technical program committee of the PowerMEMS 2007, held in Freiburg, Germany. Peter Woias has been appointed with the Robert T. Knapp award of ASME in 2005 and was a winner of the 2003 German BMBF competition “Innovation in medical technologies”. Since October 2006 he is the executive speaker of the German research training group GR 1322 “Micro Energy Harvesting”. His own research in energy harvesting is on piezoelectric and thermoelectric generators, on micro heat engines and on energy-autonomous embedded systems.


  • Energy Harvesting