Principal Investigators

Assoc. Prof. Fernando Benito López

(Leader of the Analytical Microsystems & Materials for Lab-on-a-Chip Team (AMMa-LOAC))


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Fernando Benito-Lopez studied chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and completed his master studies in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry in 2002. He obtained his PhD in Microfluidic Technology at the University of Twente, The Netherlands, in 2007. He carried out his postdoctoral research in the group of Prof. Dermot Diamond at Dublin City University, Ireland, where in 2010 became Team Leader in polymer microfluidics. In 2012, he moved to CIC microGUNE a Research Centre working in Microtechnology in Spain. Son later, he was awarded with the prestigious Ramón y Cajal Fellowship. In 2015, he moved to the University of the Basque Country and funded the Analytical Microsystems & Materials for Lab-on-a-Chip Team (AMMa-LOAC) and the Microfluidics Cluster UPV/EHU, Spain, to agglutinate several research groups working in microtechnology. In 2019, he became Associate Professor at the University of the Basque Country.

His has a special research interest in microtechnology, microfluidics and in the integration of smart materials within microfluidic devices for sensing and actuation.

My research lines are:

• Research Line 1. Microfluidics.

• Research Line 2. Smart materials for sensing and actuation.

• Research Line 3: Optical fibers as sensors

• Research Line 4. Surface engineering.

• Research Line 5. Microsystem integration.

Scientific Highlights:

• H-factor 29 (Scopus, date: 28/10/2020), 2400+ citations.

• 83 peer-reviewed journal publications (58 Q1)

• 1 book (doctoral thesis) and 5 invited book chapters.

• 56 Peer Reviewed Proceedings Articles (High International Relevance) (24 ORAL).

• 7 patent applications:3 active, 3 filed but abandoned, 1 filled but withdrawn.

• 6 cover articles.

• 85 Oral presentations (42 Invited Talks), 89 Poster Contributions.

• Cited in Press (New Scientist, L’Expansion, Sunday Times, The Irish Times, …)

• 5 PhD students doctoral thesis supervised and 11 PhD doctoral thesis in progress.

ORCID: 0000-0003-0699-5507


His Research interest focus on the integration of smart materials in microfluidic devices for the generation of novel sensing and actuating capabilities in those devices.

Research Lines:

-Low cost fabrication of microfluidic devices.

-Paper microfluidics.

-Actuators in microfluidics with functional materials.

-Sensors in microfluidics with functional materials.