Personal links

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Work experience

Permanent positions

logo_ulb2018, Université libre de Bruxelles, Professor

logo_ulb2014, Université libre de Bruxelles, Associate Professor

logo_cnrs     2009, CNRS, Senior Research Fellow (CR1)

logo_ulb2007, Université libre de Bruxelles, Assistant Professor


Invited positions

logo_okayama   2015, Okayama (Japan), Integration Systems Lab., Prof. T. Kanda (Erasmus Mundus EASED)

logo_aalto 2013, Aalto U (Finland), Prof. Q. Zhou

logo_todai 2011, Tokyo U (Japan), LIMMS, IIS, Prof. H. Fujita

logo_femto-st 2009, Besançon (France), FEMTO-ST, Prof. N. Chaillet

logo_epfl 2008, EPFL (Switzerland), Laboratoire de Production Microtechnique, Prof. J. Jacot




logo_ufc, 2010, Habilitation “Surface tension effects in microrobotics

logo_ulb2004, hD thesis “Capillary forces in microassembly

logo_ulb 2000, Pedagogical degree towards physics teaching (secundary school)

logo_ulb1998, MD in Electromechanical Engineering


    • Cover page of the Journal MDPI Acuators, December (2020)
    • Best application paper award at IEEE MARSS held in Helsinki, July 1-5th (2019)
    • Best application paper nomination at IEEE MARSS held in Nagoya, July 4-8th (2018)
    • Cover page of Journal of the Royal Society of Interfaces (JRSI), September (2016)
    • “Young Investigator Award” SMIT 2016, to my PhD student L. Blanc, Granular jamming as controllable stiffness mechanism for endoscopic and catheter applications, SMIT conference (2016)
    • Best poster award to my PhD student S. Gernay, MicroMAST’2016 conference, Brussels, (2016)
    • MARRS2016 Big on Small award (2016)
    • Coordination of the Belgian thematic network on Microfluidics and Micromanipulation MicroMAST (2012-2017)
    • Paper on acoustic levitation highlighted in Physics Today (2011)
    • Best paper award in Assembly Automation for my research on capillary forces (2005)


    • Invitation to ICRA’2020, Workshop on on the applications of micro- and nanorobotics, Paris June 2020
    • Invitation to the Waseda Workshop (Tokyo) on Active Matter for Soft Robotics, 11-12 March 2019, Tokyo
    • Invitation to the workshop Continuum and Soft Robots (CSR) for medical interventions: modeling, fabrication, and control, held at the IEEE IROS conference, Madrid, October 1-5 2018
    • Invitation to the 41th Annual Meeting Adhesion Society, which will take place in San Diego, 26/2-2/3 2018
    • Invitation to the symposium Micro-Assembly Technologies – Fundamentals to Applications Symposium during the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit (http://www.mrs.org/fall2017/) Boston, Massachusetts USA, November 26th – December 1st 2017.
    • Spring School on Wetting and Capillarity, ULB, 16-20 May 2016
    • Invited Speaker at MRS Spring Meeting, Phoenix Arizona 28th March – 1st April 2016
    • Invitation by the Dutch Acoustic Society NAG – Topical session on acoustics frontiers (2011)
    • Invitation in International Conference on Robotics and Automation – Workshop in the conference, Shangai (2011)
    • Invited speaker at the Summer School in Microrobotics, Besançon (2010)
    • Invitation in Robotics Science and Systems – Workshop in the conference, Philadelphia (2006)