Prof. Nam-Trung Nguyen

Dipl-Ing., Dr. Ing., Dr. Ing. habil., Professor and Director of Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre

Professor Nguyen’s research focuses on microfluidics, nanofluidics, micro/nanomachining technologies, micro/nanoscale science, and instrumentation for biomedical applications. He has over 400 publications with an average citation rate of 21 citations per article. Professor Nguyen is a world leader in his field and is regularly invited to present his research at international conferences. He has earned over $8M in competitive funding and has registered 8 patents, 3 of them were granted.

Professor Nguyen is the Director of Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and leads a research group of over 20 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Research themes of the group include micro- and nanofluidics; micro- and nanofabrication; as well as micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS).

Professor Nguyen received his Dip-Ing, Dr Ing and Dr Ing Habil degrees from Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, in 1993, 1997 and 2004, respectively. The habilitation degree (Dr Ing Habil) is the respected qualification for a full professorship in Germany. During his 10 year stay in Germany, he also worked for Robert Bosch GmbH, the industry leader in micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) for automotive applications. He contributed to the development of the MEMS-based fuel injection systems as well as sensing systems for pressure and mass flow rate. In 1998, he was a postdoctoral research engineer in the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (University of California at Berkeley, USA). Prof Nguyen is the First Runner Up of Inaugural ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Awards in Sustainable Development in 2009 and the Runner Up of ASAIHL-Scopus Young Scientist Awards in 2008. He is a Fellow of ASME and a Member of IEEE. In 2012 he was a SMART Faculty Fellow, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. He is also an Elected Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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  • 2013 to date,  Professor and Director, Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
  • 2012-2013,  Director, Part-Time BEng Programme
  • 2009-2013, Professor in Charge, Micromachine Lab 1 (clean room facility), Micromachine Lab 2 (Bio-MEMS lab)
  • 2005-2013,  Associate Professor, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2001-2005,  Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 1999-2000,  Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University Singapore
  • 1999,  Visiting Professor, Ho-Chi-Minh City University for Foreign Language and Information Technology (HUFLIT)
  • 1998-1999,  Post-Doctoral Research Engineer at Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center
  • 1993-1997,  Research assistant, Technical University of Chemnitz-Zwickau (Research assistant)
  • 1996,  Visiting scientist, University of TwenteMESA Research Institute (Netherlands)
  • 1992-1993,  Researcher, Robert Bosch GmbH (K8/ESE1, Department for Sensor Develop-ment, Reutlingen)
  • 1991-1992,  Student researcher, Robert Bosch GmbH (IA3/EMR, Department for Robot and Automatically Assembling Cells)


Graduated: 97 Bachelors of Engnineering (BEng) students by final year projects (FYP), 5 Masters of Science (MSc) by thesis, 4 Masters of Engineering (MEng) by research,   20 PhD students by research (16 as main supervisor, 4 as co-supervisor), 5 Postdocs by research


  1. 2012, SMART Faculty Fellow, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology
  2. 2011, Elected Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  3. 2009, Sensors and Actuators A Valued Reviewer Award 2009
  4. 2009, First Runner Up, Inaugural ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Awards in Sustainable Development 2009
  5. 2008, Runner Up, 1st Annual ASAIHL-Scopus Young Scientist Awards 2008
  6. 1989, First Runner Up, Olympiad for German as Foreign Language of  the Chemnitz University of Technology
  7. 1990 -1993, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship
  8. 1989-1990, Special scholarship for outstanding academic achievement
  9. 1987-1990, Scholarship of the German Democratic Republic
  10. 1986, Award of the Vietnamese Prime Minister for the best students of Hanoi’s junior colleges


  1. 2019, ANFF, NCRIS 2016 ANFF Queensland Node funding, A$400K
  2. 2018, ANFF, NCRIS 2016 ANFF Queensland Node funding, A$437K
  3. 2018-2019, Australia-Germany Joint Collaboration Scheme, Lead CI, Silicon carbide sensors for process monitoring in harsh environment applications, A$12K
  4. 2018, ARC LIEF (LE180100090), named CI, Xe-plasma dual beam for advanced future materials, A$1,366K
  5. 2018-2020,  Lead CI, ARC DP (DP180100055), Magnetofluidic sample handling for enhanced point-of-care diagnosis, A$473K
  6. 2017-2018,  2nd CI, High performance normally off GaN high electron mobility transistors, A$600K
  7. 2017-2019,  2nd CI, ARC LP (LP160101553) Superior Silicon Carbide Nanoscale Sensors (SCANS) for Harsh Environments, A$403K
  8. 2017-2019,  Lead CI, ARC DP (DP170100277) Engineering floating liquid marbles for three-dimensional cell cultures, A$427K
  9. 2017,  CI, ARC LIEF (LE170100158) Small angle X-ray scattering facility for Queensland, A$470K
  10. 2016-2018,  Lead CI, ARC linkage (LP150100153) Integrated cooling enhancement technology for power electronics, A$360K
  11. 2016, ANFF, NCRIS 2016 ANFF Queensland Node funding, A$423K
  12. 2015,  CI, ARC LIEF (LE150100213) X-ray transparent core flood apparatus, A$180K
  13. 2015, ANFF, NCRIS 2015 ANFF Queensland Node funding, A$412K
  14. 2014, ANFF, NCRIS 2013 ANFF Queensland Node funding, A$564K
  15. 2014, ANFF, CRIS Implementation Project – Queensland Node Project, A$96K
  16. 2013, Griffith University Research Infrastructure Programme (GURIP), A low-cost polymeric micromachining facility, A$85K
  17. 2013, Griffith University, Startup grant, A$100K
  18. 2013-2016,  Lead CI, A-STAR (122-PSF-0018) Magnetofluidic spreading: the roles of magnetoviscous effect, bulk magnetic force, magnetophoresis and convective transport, 1,007,460 S$, 2013-2016 (returned due to relocation to Australia)
  19. 2011-2012,  Lead CI, SMART-Innovation Centre, Micro Fuelcell Based on Nanoporous Silicon, S$50,000
  20. 2010-2012,  Lead CI, Institute for Mechanobiology, Programmable Cell Stretcher, S$150,000
  21. 2010-2012,  Lead CI, SMART Innovation Centre, Water Purification for Remote Location, S$250,000
  22. 2010-2011,  Lead CI, SMART, On-Chip Magnetic Resonance for Single Cell Level Detection, S$67,000
  23. 2009-2012,  Lead CI, A*STAR/DSTA, Screen-Printed Microfluidic Platform With Pneumatic Micropumps and Microvalve for Synchronized Regeneration and Detection of Nerve Agent in Human Blood Samples, S$242,000
  24. 2006-2009,  CI (RG26/06), Academic Research Fund, Thermo-fluid interactions in microscale, S$50K
  25. 2008-2011,  CI (T208B1209), Academic Research Fund, Tier 2, Fundamental Studies on One and Two Phases Heat and Mass Structures in Micro Sized Tubes, S$315,000
  26. 2006-2009,  Lead CI, A-STAR (SERC 052 101 0108) Droplet based micro/nanofluidics, S$500K
  27. 2007-2010,  Lead CI (RG39/07), Academic Research Fund, Controlled Cavitation in Microfluidic Systems: Mixing, Pumping, and Object Manipulation, S$488K
  28. 2007-2010,  Lead CI (industry sponsored), Microfluidic Sensor for Interfacial Tension Measurement and Its Methods, 60K Euros
  29. 2007-2010,  CI, (RI 7/07KYC), Disposable Plastic Microchips and Photonic Crystal Fibers for Analysis of Proteins and DNA, S$94,392
  30. 2007-2009,  Lead CI, MerLion (2.09.07) Multiphase flow in nanofluidics, 15K Euros
  31. 2005-2006,  Lead CI, Academic Research Fund (RG 67/05) Automatic system for micro optofluidic research, S$48K
  32. 2005-2008,  CI, Academic Research Fund (RG 22/05) Characterisation of low viscosity elastic fluids in microscale, S$100K
  33. 2005-2008,  CI, A-STAR (SERC 052 101 0013) Transport and mixing of liquids in microchannels, S$776K
  34. 2005-2007,  Lead CI, MINDEF-NTU-JPP (MD-NTU/05/08) Development of active microfluidic technology for direct optical detection of chemical warfare agents and toxins in blood samples, S$50K
  35. 2002-2005,  CI, Academic Research Fund (RG13/02), Smart control of drag reduction and heat transfer in a channel flow, S$92K
  36. 2002-2005,  Lead CI, Academic Research Fund (RG11/02), Development of polymeric devices for microfluidic systems in hand-held biomedical instruments, S$80K

Plenary, Keynote and Invited Talks

  1. Keynote, “Micro Magnetofluidics: coupling magnetism with fluid flow for rapid and early disease detection”, 6th International conference on BioSensors, BioElectronics, BioMedical Devices, BioMEMS/NEMS & Applications Bio4Apps 2017, 11-13 Dec 2017, Tokyo, Japan.
  2. Invited Talk, “Micro magnetofluidics – using magnetism for fluid handling in continuous-flow and digital microfluidics”, 8th Australia New Zealand Nano-Microfluidics Symposium ANZNMF 2017, 26-29 Jun 2017, Hobart, Australia
  3. Invited Talk, “Magnetofluidics – wireless control for microfluidics”, 2016 WA Symposium of Nanobiotechnology”, 20-21 Dec 2016, Perth, Australia
  4. Keynote, “Digital microfluidics with liquid marbles”, The 5th International Conference on BioSensors, BioElectronics, BioMedical Devices, BioMEMS/NEMS & Applications, 14-16 Dec 2016, Gold Coast, Brisbane
  5. Invited talk, “Digital microfluidics with liquid marbles”, The 16th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, 7-10 Dec 2016, Singapore
  6. Keynote, “Digital microfluidics with liquid marbles: fundamentals and applications”, Lab-on-a-Chip Asia, 5-6 Dec 2016, Singapore
  7. Keynote, “Microfluidics: multiphysics in microscale”, International Symposium on Emerging Advanced Nanomaterials, 27 June 2016, Adelaide, Australia
  8. Invited talk, “Floating liquid marbles: mechanism and application for three-dimensional cell culture”, Drug Delivery Australia 2015, 19-20 Nov 2015, Brisbane, Australia
  9. Keynote, “Micro Magnetofluidics –Wireless Control for Microfluidics”, Lab-on-a-Chip Asia 2014, 20-21 Nov 2014, Singapore
  10. Invited talk, “Micro Magnetofluidics –Magnetic Nanoparticles for Wireless Control in Microfluidics”, NanoBio Australia 2014, 6-1- July 2014,Brisbane, Australia
  11. Invited talk, “Polymeric microdevices for lab on a chip applications”, International Workshop on Soft and Flexible Micro/Nano Systems Technology, 12-14 July 2013, Gold Coast, Australia
  12. Invited talk, “Active manipulation schemes for microdroplets”, Microfluidics 2012 – The 3rd European Conference on Microfluidics, December 2012, Heidelberg, Germany
  13. Keynote, “Micro optofluidics and micro magnetofluidics: multiphysics at the microscale”, Nanotech Conference & Expo, 18-21 June 2012 , Santa Clara, USA
  14. Invited talk, “Micro optofluidics and micro magnetofluidics, the emerging microfluidics thrusts”, SIMTech Microfluidics Seminar, 6 March 2012, Singapore
  15. Invited talk, “Micro optofluidics – new functionalities and new applications”, Swiss-Singapore Workshop on Microfluidics Manufacturing and Laboratory Automation, 22 October 2009, Singapore
  16. Invited talk, “Microfluidic technologies”, Indian Institute of Technology, 23 January 2009, Madras, India
  17. Invited talk, “Microfluidic technologies”, University of Hong Kong, 26 August 2008, Hong Kong, China
  18. Keynote, “Polymeric Technologies for micro/nanofluidic applications”, International Nanotribology Forum – the Hoi An Discussions, Jun 2007 Hoi An, Vietnam
  19. Invited talk, “Active control for droplet-based microfluidics”, Smart Materials, Nano and Micro-Smart Systems, December 2006, Adelaide, Australia
  20. Invited talk, “Polymeric micromaching for microfluidics”, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 23 November 2006, Cambridge, United States
  21. Keynote, “Mixing in microchannels based on hydrodynamic focusing and time-interleaved segmentation”, The conference on BioMEMS and Nanotechnology, part of SPIE International Symposium on Microelectronics, MEMS, and Nanotechnology, 2005, Brisbane, Australia.
  22. Invited talk, “Recent Developments and Trends in Polymeric Microtechnology and Microfluidics”, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 2004, Chemnitz, Germany.
  23. Invited talk, “Polymeric Micromachining and Its Applications in Microfluidics”, Annual Symposium on Sensors and Actuator Arrays of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, 2002, Chemnitz, Germany

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Professional Services

Editor in Chief: Micromachines
Editor: Microfluidics and Nanofluidics
Associate Editor: Biomedical Microdevices 
Associate Editor:Journal of Sensors and Sensor Systems
Editorial Board Member:Scientific Reports
Editorial Board Member:Technologies

  • 2016, member of College of Experts (Australian Research Council), reviewer for Swiss National Science Foundation, Foundation for Polish Science
  • 2015, member of College of Experts (Australian Research Council), reviewer for Foundation for Polish Science
  • 2014, reviewer for Scientific Research Support Fund, Soft Matter, Lab on a Chip, Langmuir, Micro & Nano Letter, Chemical Engineering Journal.
  • 2013, reviewer for ASTAR (Singapore), Soft Matter, Micro and Nanosystems, Lab on a Chip, Applied Physics Letter, Langmuir, Micro & Nano Letter, Chemical Enginering Research and Design, Chemical Engineering Journal.
  • 2012, reviewer for Foundation for Polish Science, National Science Foundation (USA), Agence Nationale De La Recherche (ANR, France), Soft Matter, Micro and Nanosystems, Lab on a Chip, Applied Physics Letter, Langmuir, Micro & Nano Letter, Chemical Enginering Research and Design, Chemical Engineering Journal.
  • 2011, organizing committee member for CAV2012 8th International Symposium on Cavitation 2012, reviewer for Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), National Science Foundation (USA), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Concil (Canada), Ministry of Education (Singapore), PLoS ONE, Heat and Mass Transfer, Optics Express, Soft Matter, Talanta, Chemical Engineering Research and Design, Soft Matter, IET Micro & Nano Letters, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Sensors and Actuators A, Colloids and Surfaces A, Langmuir, Micro & Nano Letters, Electrophoresis, IET Nanobiotechnology, Micro and Nanosystems, Biomicrofluidics, Sensors and Actuators B, Journal of Biomaterials Applications, Surface and Interface Analysis, Applied Physics Letter, Chemical Engineering Journal, Microfluidics Nanofluidics, Lab on a Chip.
  • 2010, organizing committee member for Second Conference on Advances in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics and Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Lab on Chip, reviewer for British Columbia Innovation Council (Canada), Fluid Dynamics Research, Journal of Micro Electromechanical Systems, Talanta, Chemical Engineering Research and Design, Softmatter, Biomicrofluidics, IEEE Sensors Journal, COMPEL, Physics of Fluids, Chemical Communications, Electrophoresis, Microfluidics Nanofluidics, Chemical Engineering Communications, Micro Nanosystems, Sensors and Actuators B, Sensors and Actuators A, Journals of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Lab on a Chip
  • 2009, organizing committee member of International Conference on Experimental Mechanics – ICEM 2009, reviewer for  Israel Science Foundation, Electrochemistry Communications, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Electrophoresis, IEEE Sensors Journal, Journal of Measurement Science and Technology, Sensors and Actuators A, Sensors and Actuators B, Journals of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Micro an Nanosystems, Journal of Physics D, Lab on a Chip, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Biomedical Microdevices, Langmuir
  • 2008, reviewer for  Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, Advances in Water Resources, International Journal of Thermal Sciences, Energy & Fuels, Soft Matters, Langmuir, Optics and Lasers in Engineering, Sensors and Actuators A, Journal of Micro Electromechanical Systems, Lab on a Chip, Sensors and Actuators A, IEEE Sensor Journal, University of Leuven Research Council, Smart Materials and Structures, Journal of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Applied Physics Letter, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.
  • 2007, reviewer for Proceedings of the Royal Society, Journal of Applied Physics, Soft Matters, Electrophoresis, Sensors and Actuators A, Sensors ans Actuators B, Electrochemstry Communications, Nanotechnology, Journal of Micromechantronics, Journal of Marine Science and Technology, Analyst, Lab on a Chip, Biomedical Microdevices, Journal of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, IEEE Sensor Journal, Journal of Micro Electromechanical Systems, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.
  • 2006, organizer of Asia-Pacific Conference of Transducers and Micro-Nano Technology APCOT 2006 (Singapore), International MEMS Conference iMEMS 2006 (Singapore), reviewer for Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Lab on a Chip, International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, IEEE Sensor Journal, Chemical Engineering Science, Chemical Engineering Communication, Measurement, Sensors and Actuators A, IEEE Transaction on Biomedical Engineering, Optics and Lasers in Engineering
  • 2005, reviewer for University Research Council of ETH (Zurich), Journal of Micro Electromechanical Systems, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Journal of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics,IEEE Sensor Journal, IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies, Lab on a Chip, Chemical Engineering Science, IEE Proceedings Nanobiotechnology,member of program committee for The Inaugural International Embedded and Hybrid Systems Conference (IEHSC’05) (Singapore), member of international program committee for International Conference on Sensing Technology ICST 2005 (New Zealand)
  • 2004, reviewer for Journal of Fluids Engineering, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, Journal of Micro Electromechanical System, European Journal of Mechanics B/Fluids
  • 2003, reviewer for IEEE Sensor Journal, Superlattices and Microstructures, Journal of Micro Electromechanical Systems, member of program committee for ICMAT 2003 (Singapore), member of program committe for MST’03 (Chemnitz, Germany),
  • 2002, reviewer for Sensors and Actuators A, IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technologies, registered reviewer for Research Grants Council of Hong Kong
  • 2001, reviewer for IEEE Sensor Journal, Sensors and Actuators A, member of program committee for iMEMS 2001 (Singapore), chair of microfluidics session and innstructor for the “Microfluidics” short course at iMEMS 2001 Singapore,  member of program committe for MST’01 (Chemnitz, Germany)
  • 2000, reviewer for Sensors and Actuators A