MOKWA, Wilfried

MOKWA, Wilfried
Prof. Dr. rer. nat.



1976 – 1981         Research Scientist, Institute of Physics 1st, RWTH Aachen University, Prof. G. Heiland
1981 – 1985 Postdoc researcher, Institute of Physics 1, RWTH Aachen University, Prof. G. Heiland
1985 – 1987  Research Scientist, Fraunhofer Institute of Microelectronic Circuits and Systems, Duisburg, Germany
1987 – 1996 Group Manager “Micro Sensors”, Fraunhofer Institute of Microelectronic Circuits and Systems, Duisburg, Germany
1996 – 2018 Director of the Institute of Materials in Electrical Engineering I, RWTH University


Academic Qualification and Education

1976        Diploma in Solid State Physics, RWTH-Aachen University, Germany
1981 Doctor of natural sciences, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
1996 Full Professor at RWTH Aachen University


Teaching Experience

  • Basics of Electrical Engineering I (Winter Semester 1996-2014), B.Sc. Level.
  • Production processes for silicon based microsystems (Summer Semesters, since 2010), B.Sc. Level.
  • Silicon based sensors and actuators I (Winter Semesters, since 2010, follow up of Microsystems 1), M.Sc. Level.
  • Silicon based sensors and actuators II (Summer Semesters, 2010 – 2017, follow up of Microsystems 2), M.Sc. Level.
  • Biomedical sensors and microsystems (Winter Semesters, 2004 -2017), M.Sc. Level.


Honors, Awards, Scholarships and Other Appointments (Selection)

  • Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at RWTH Aachen University (9/2014 – 9/2018)
  • Elected member of the Review Board of the German Research Council for the field of Microsystems Technologies (2012 – 2019)
  • Vice president of the executive board of the Association for Microelectronics and Microsystems (GMM) in the German Society of Electrical Engineers (VDE) (2011 – 2016)
  • Member of the expert-group 6 "Measurement- and Information Systems of the AIF until 2012 (chairman 2002 -2007). The AIF is a project executing organization of the German Ministry for Economics and Technologies to support small and medium, enterprises.
  • Expert for the German Research Council, the German Ministry for Education and Research, the European Committee and other German and European Research organizations
  • Reviewer for different IEEE and other international scientific journals
  • Member in Program Committees of different national and international conferences like „EUROSENSORS“, Smart Systems Integration, „Mikrosystemtechnik-Kongress“
  • General Chairman of the “Mikrosystemtechnik-Kongress 2013” in Aachen
  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the Carinthian Tech Research AG, Villach.
  • Vice chairman of the scientific advisory board of the Fraunhofer-Institute Photonic Microsystems, Dresden.
  • Member of the North-Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Science, Humanities and Arts (since 2007)

Research Topics

Microelectronics and microsystems technologies with focus on intelligent medical implants and coupling of biological and technical systems.


Key Publications

  1. Mokwa W., “Artificial Retinas” in: Comprehensive Microsystems Vol. 3, Ed. Gianchandani, Tabata, Zappe, Elsevier (2007) ISBN 13: 978-0-444-52194-1
  2. Roessler G.; Laube T.; Brockmann C.; Kirschkamp T.; Mazinani B.; Goertz M.; Koch C.; Krisch I.; Sellhaus B.; Trieu H.K.; Weis J.; Bornfeld N.; Rothgen H.; Messner A.; Mokwa W., Walter P., “Implantation and Explantation of a Wireless Epiretinal Retina Implant Device: Observations during the EPIRET3 Prospective Clinical Trial”, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 50,6 (2009) 3003 – 3008.
  3. Ganske G., Slavcheva E., van Ooyen A., Mokwa W., Schnakenberg U.: ”Sputtered platinum-iridium layers as electrode material for functional electrostimulation”, Thin Solid Films, 519 (11), pp. 3965-3970, 2011
  4. Cleven N. J., Müntjes J. A., Fassbender H., Urban U., Goertz M., Vogt H., Graefe M., Goettsche T., Penzkofer T., Schmitz-Rode T., Mokwa W., “A Novel Fully Implantable Wireless Sensor System for Monitoring Hypertension Patients“, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 59,11, November 2012, 3124-3130.
  5. Watzlaw J., Glöggler S., Blümich B., Mokwa W., Schnakenberg., “Stacked planar micro coils for single-sided NMR applications”, Journal of Magnetic Resonance, Volume 230, May 2013, Pages 176–185
  6. Waschkowski F. Hesse S, Rieck AC, Lohmann T, Brockmann C, Laube T, Bornfeld N, Thumann G, Walter P1, Mokwa, W., Johnen S, Roessler G., “Development of very large electrode arrays for epiretinal stimulation (VLARS)”. Biomed Eng Online 13, 11 (2014).
  7. Gembaczka P.; Görtz M.; Celik Y.; Jupe A.; Stühlmeyer M.; Goehlich A.; Vogt H.; Mokwa W., Kraft M.: “Encapsulation of implantable integrated MEMS pressure sensors using polyimide epoxy composite and atomic layer deposition”, In: Journal of sensors and sensor systems : JSSS. - Göttingen : Copernicus Publ.. - ISSN: 2194-8771, 2194-878X. - 3 (2014), S./Art.: 335-347, DOI: 10.5194/jsss-3-335-2014
  8. Winkin N, Gierth U, Mokwa W, Schneider M, “Nanomaterial-modified Flexible Micro-electrode Array by Electrophoretic Deposition of Carbon Nanotubes”, Journal of Biochips & Tissue Chips 2016, 6:1;
  9. Fischer R., Weidenmüller J., Görtz M., Goettsche T., Mokwa W.,“DRUGAS: implantable telemetric system for measuring the portal venous pressure: assembly aspects”, Journal of Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering, ISSN 2364-5504¸ Online published: 07/09/2017
  10. Viviana Rincón Montes, Jana Gehlen, Stefan Lück, Wilfried Mokwa, Frank Müller, Peter Walter and Andreas Offenhäusser, “Toward a Bidirectional Communication Between Retinal Cells and a Prosthetic Device – A Proof of Concept”, Front. Neurosci., 30 April 2019 |