Mission and profile

Nanosens develops and utilizes the latest developments and advancements of the just emerging and exciting nanotechnology to make smart, portable and inexpensive sensing systems for ultrasensitive and rapid detection of biological and chemical species.

Nanosens works to bring innovative ideas and concepts from the sensor laboratories to the application worlds (I2A). We focus on the sensor application areas that have a great impact on society and on industry, such as:

  • Nanobio and chemical sensors for life sciences and health care (medical), security (warfare), and water control.
  • Nano gas sensors for the automotive, pollution control, safety and health.

Besides active R&D on nanosensor technology, Nanosens also offers “ Micro and Nano Technology Foundry Services” (MEMS/NEMS) to customers.


Nanosens’s management team has extensive experience in the development, commercialization of innovative technologies in the pharmaceutical, research and diagnostic markets.

Dr.ir. Hien Duy Tong

Dr. Hien Duy Tong received his master degree from the International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Ha noi, Viet nam in 1997 on Materials Science. He then studied and received his Ph.D. in 2004 at the Transducers Science and Technology Group, MESA + Research Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, The Netherlands. He successfully developed new approaches to fabricate micro and nano membranes for gas and liquid separations. During this time, the nanofabrication technology, especially nanowire subject, was given his special attention and time. After finished his study, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the MESA + Research Institute for Nanotechnology on several nanodevices that developed by his own ideas, including fabrication and applications of nanowire-based devices, nanopore, nanoelectrodes etc.He is a co-founder of Nanosens and worked for Nanosens since April 2005. He is author and co-author of more than 15 scientific papers in the fields of micro/nanofabrication, materials science, and sensor technology.

Prof. Dr. Cees van Rijn

Dr. Cees van Rijn graduated from the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam in 1982 on Solid State Physics. He received Ph.D degree in 1989 on ‘Nuclear Magnetic Relaxation of Polyelectrolyte Solutions’ from the University of Leiden. He has worked at Philips Eindhoven and gained special expertise in semiconductor technology during the ‘Megachip’ project (1986-1991). In the early nineties he founded Aquamarijn Micro Filtration and initiated research on micro filtration membranes made with semiconductor technology at the MESA Research Institute. He is a cofounder of Medspray (www.medspray.com) established in 2000 and Nanomi (www.nanomi.com) established in 2004. He is author and co-author of several publications in Journal of MEMS, Nanotechnology and Nanoletters. Recently he published a book ‘Nano and Micro Engineered Membrane Technology’, Elsevier Amsterdam (2004) ISBN 0.444-51489-9. The book covers a broad spectrum of membrane science and technology, such as micro and nano filtration, gas separation, biosensors, photonics, catalysis, microbiology, controlled drug delivery, nanopatterning, micro contact printing, atomisation, and cross flow emulsification techniques.