Prof Dr R.K. Truckenmüller

Roman Truckenmüller’s research focuses on micro- and nanoscale 3D polymer film forming and functionalization technologies and their biomedical applications, with a particular focus on engineering of complex artificial cellular microenvironments as advanced in vitro model systems using the aforementioned technologies.

After working as a development engineer for Siemens in Erlangen, Germany, he worked at the Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. At IMT, he carried out his doctoral project on fabrication of three-dimensional microstructures from polymer membranes, worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the field of X-ray lithography and headed a research group dealing with membrane-based microfluidic sensors and actuators from polymers. Roman Truckenmüller holds an engineering diploma and a doctorate in engineering science from the Universities of Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, Germany, respectively.

From 2007 on, he worked at the Department of Tissue Regeneration (TR) of the University of Twente, The Netherlands, where he was appointed assistant professor in 2010.

In 2014, he changed over to the successor of TR now at Maastricht University, the newly founded MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine, where he works as an associate professor at the Department of Complex Tissue Regeneration.

Roman Truckenmüller is one of three founders of the start-up company 300MICRONS spun-off from KIT in 2015 and dealing with advanced 3D cell culture solutions based on proprietary platform technologies.


Selected publications:

  • Leferink A, Schipper D, Arts E, Vrij E, Rivron N, Karperien M, Mittmann K, van Blitterswijk C, Moroni L, Truckenmüller R. "Engineered micro-objects as scaffolding elements in cellular building blocks for bottom-up tissue engineering approaches." Advanced Materials, 2014, 26, 2592–2599.
  • Waterkotte B, Bally F, Nikolov PM, Waldbaur A, Rapp BE, Truckenmüller R, Lahann J, Schmitz K, Giselbrecht S. "Biofunctional micropatterning of thermoformed 3D substrates." Advanced Functional Matererials, 2014, 24, 442–450.
  • Rivron NC, Vrij EJ, Rouwkema J, Le Gac S, van den Berg A, Truckenmüller RK, van Blitterswijk CA. "Tissue deformation spatially modulates VEGF signaling and angiogenesis." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2012, 109, 6886–6891.
  • Unadkat HV, Hulsman M, Cornelissen K, Papenburg BJ, Truckenmüller RK, Carpenter AE, Wessling M, Post GF, Uetz M, Reinders MJ, Stamatialis D, van Blitterswijk CA, de Boer J. "An algorithm-based topographical biomaterials library to instruct cell fate." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2011, 108, 16565–16570.
  • Giselbrecht S, Reinhardt M, Mappes T, Börner M, Gottwald E, van Blitterswijk C, Saile V, Truckenmüller R. "Closer to Nature – Bio-inspired patterns by transforming latent lithographic images." Advanced Materials, 2011, 23, 4873–4879.
  • Truckenmüller R, Giselbrecht S, Rivron N, Gottwald E, Saile V, van den Berg A, Wessling M, van Blitterswijk C. "Thermoforming of film-based biomedical microdevices." Advanced Materials, 2011, 23, 1311–1329.

Read the complete list of publications.