Lucas Hof

PhD candidate and COO EGE Group

Lucas Hof
Research Interests

I am currently working on glass micro machining using electrochemical discharge phenomenon. The final goal of my work is to extend the capabilities of spark assisted chemical engraving (SACE) by integrating additive manufacturing (AM) techniques and SACE. The motivation behind this is to develop a novel manufacturing technology having more flexibility and enhanced control for fabrication of devices integrating nano- and microstructures such as biosensing devices like localized surface Plasmon resonators (LSPRs).

My research interests include additive manufacturing, non-conventional micromachining techniques and micro-/nano systems.

Biography
2014-present PhD Candidate, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
2002-2004 M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Specialization: Advanced Mechatronics, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
2003-2004 M.Sc. thesis research work in Microtechnology, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
1999-2002 B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Awards
2015
  • Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Students in Quebec – Doctoral research scholarships (V1) – `Programme de bourses d'excellence pour étudiants étrangers`
  • Best poster award at the 2015 Plasma Quebec Meeting, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Concordia University Conference and Exposition Award
2014
  • Frederick Lowy Scholars Fellowship award at Concordia University
  • Concordia University Partial Tuition Scholarship for International Students
  • Audience and investor jury prize “Concours de génie – 82ème Congrès de l'Acfas”, Montréal, Canada (2014) – ACFAS - Association francophone pour le savoir

2004

  • Cum Laude - Degree of Master of Science with Honours at Delft University of Technology
  • Best poster award at the 4th EUSPEN International Conference, 2004, Glasgow, UK
Memberships
2015 European Society for Precision Engineering & Nanotechnology
2015 Chemical Institute of Canada
2014 Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers
External & internal activities

2015

2014
  • Graduate Student Committee Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Concordia University
Recent Publications
  • Hof, L.A., Abou Ziki, J.D., "Micro-hole drilling on glass substrates – a review", Micromachines, 2016, to be submitted
  • Hof, L.A.*, Charbonneau, F., Wüthrich, R., "Spark assisted chemical engraving (SACE) - a versatile micro machining technology for microfluidic devices", The 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, June 13-17, 2015, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Hof, L.A.*, Escobedo, C., Abou Ziki, J.D., Wüthrich, R., "Additive Manufacturing (AM) through imprinting Gold nanoparticles on Glass Substrates by Spark Assisted Chemical Engraving (SACE)", The 227th ECS Meeting, May 24-28, 2015, Chicago, USA
  • Rahman, M.M., Hof, L.A.*, Johnston, B., Khanoki, S.A., Pasini, D., Wüthrich, R., "Electro-Polishing of Additive Manufactured Porous Titanium for Medical Implants", The 227th ECS Meeting, May 24-28, 2015, Chicago, USA
  • Hof, L.A.*, Charbonneau, F., Abou Ziki, D.J., "Glass micromachining by Spark Assisted Chemical Engraving (SACE)", Meeting Plasma-Quebec 2015, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Charbonneau, F., Hof, L.A., Abou Ziki, D.J., "Gas film stability during Spark Assisted Chemical Engraving (SACE)", Meeting Plasma-Quebec 2015, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Abou Ziki, D.J., Hof, L.A., Wüthrich, R., "The machining temperature during Spark Assisted Chemical Engraving of glass", Manufacturing Letters 3, 2015, 9 – 13
  • Hof, L.A.*, Rahman, M.M., Hosseiny, S., Wüthrich, R., "Novel nanoparticle coating technology – Method for applying metallic nanoparticle coatings on hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces", 2015 Materials Engineering Meeting ASM International – Montreal Chapter, February 11, 2015, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Wüthrich, R., Hof, L.A., “The gas film in Spark Assisted Chemical Engraving (SACE) - A key element for micro-machining applications”, International journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture 46, 2006, 828-835
  • Wüthrich, R., Fujisaki, K., Couthy, Ph., Hof, L.A., Bleuler, H., “Spark assisted chemical engraving (SACE) in microfactory”, Journal of Micro-organismes and Microengineering 15, 2005, 276-280 - Invited publication
  • Wüthrich, R., Hof, L.A., Lal, A., Fujisaki, K., Bleuler, H., Mandin, Ph., Picard, G., “Physical principles and miniaturization of Spark Assisted Chemical Engraving (SACE)”, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 15, 2005, 268-275 - Invited publication
  • Wüthrich, R., Fujisaki, K., Couthy, Ph., Hof, L.A., Bleuler, H., “Spark assisted chemical engraving (SACE) in microfactory”, Fusion Journal of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society, May 2007, 37-45 - Reprint
  • Wüthrich, R., Hof, L.A., Lal, A., Fujisaki, K., Bleuler, H., Mandin, Ph., Picard, G., “Physical principles and miniaturization of Spark Assisted Chemical Engraving (SACE)” Fusion Journal of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society, May 2007, 46-54 – Reprint
  • Wüthrich, R.*,  Abou Ziki, J.D., Hof, L.A., Matoorian, P, Cusanelli, G, Lüthi, D, "Glass Micro-Machining by Contact Glow Discharge Electrolysis" - Invited lecture, The 65th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Electrochemistry, august 31th - september 5th 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Fujisaki, K, Couthy, Ph, Wüthrich, R., Hof, L.A., Bleuler, H*., “Spark Assisted Chemical Engraving (SACE) in Microfactory”, Proceedings of the International Workshop on Microfactories, Shanghai, China, 2004, 226-231
  • Hof, L.A.*, Wüthrich, Rolf, Fujisaki, K., Bleuler, Hannes, Mandin, Ph., Picard, G., “Physical principles and miniaturization of Spark Assisted Chemical Engraving (SACE)”, Proceedings of the International Workshop on Microfactories, Shanghai, China, 2004, 338-343
  • Hof, L.A.*, Lal, A., Fujisaki, K, Wüthrich, R., Langen, H., Bleuler, H., “3D Micro structuring of glass with an AFM”, The 4th EUSPEN International Conference, may 30th – 3rd June 2004, SECC – Glasgow, UK, 98-99
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