Miniaturized magnetic biodevices feature high performance, while at the same time they have the potential to reduce costs associated with healthcare, opening the door to a multi-billion dollar market.

Professional Memberships

  •  IEEE Senior Member
  • Associate Editor of IEEE Sensors Journal
  • Associate Editor of IEEE International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems
  • AdCom Member IEEE Sensors Council
  • AdCom Member IEEE Magnetics Society Member
  • Sensors Council Meeting Committee Member
  • IEEE Magnetics Society Member
  • Member ASME
  • Member, Vienna Magnetics Group


Liquid Dielectric Electrostatic Mems Switch And Method Of Fabrication Thereof

Publication number: 20180174788

Magnetically controlled permeability membranes

Patent number: 9968549


Publication number: 20170336272


Publication number: 20170284966

Integrated passive and wireless sensor

Patent number: 9768888


Publication number: 20170038439

Education Profile

  • ​​​Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Stellenbosch, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Research Group, 2007 - 2009
  • Ph.D., Vienna University of Technology, 2006
  • M.SC., Vienna University of Technology, 2002

Dr. Jürgen Kosel is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Education and early career

Professor Kosel holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, where conducted research on electrical detection of bacteria and magnetoelastic sensors. After the Ph.D., he worked as Project Manager Mechatronics at MAGNA Powertrain in Austria. Then he continued as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, where he worked on Bio-MEMS for HIV detection, kinematics of knee joints, magnetic microwires for stress measurements in body tissues and physical effects of negative pressure wound therapy in plastic surgery.

Areas of expertise and current scientific interests

Professor Kosel’s research concerns the development of miniaturized transducers, driven by applications in different fields, ranging from biomedical sensors over energy harvesters and drug delivery to spintronic devices. A particular area of interest is magnetic transducers and materials.
Areas of expertise are sensors and actuator development, microfabrication, nanotechnology.

Career recognitions

  • Best poster award at the MMM/Intermag, Washington DC, USA, Jan. 2019, for “Orientation monitoring of flexible composite magnet for catheter tip localization”.
  • Best poster award at the International Conference on Magnetism, San Francisco, USA, July 2018, for “Magnetic Tracking of Cardiac Catheters Using Flexible Magnetic Tunnel Junction Sensors”.
  • Wearable Flexible Sensors: A Review,” published in IEEE Sensors Journal recognized as a top downloaded paper from June 2017 throughout to December 2018. Included in this count are all Sensors Journal papers published since the Journal's foundation, and about 500,000 Sensors Journal papers are downloaded from IEEE Xplore per year. 
  • 2017 IEEE Sensors Journal top performing editor award
  • Best paper award at the IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium, Catania, Italy, April 2016, for “A single magnetic nanocomposite cilia force sensor”.
  • Best paper award in Micro/Nanofluidics at the IEEE NEMS conference, Xi’an, China, April 2015, for “Electromagnetically powered electrolytic pump and thermo-responsive valve for drug delivery”.
  • 2015 Award for Ph.D. student Ahmed Alfadhel as Innovator under 35 by the MIT Technology Review magazine.
  • IEEE Senior Member (2015)

Editorial activities

Kosel is an Editor of the IEEE Sensors Journal, and Associate Editor of the IEEE International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems.

Why Transducers?

Transducers are the technological links connecting us with the world that we are surrounded by, whether this is a simple temperature sensor or a complex nanostructure for cancer treatment. They are complementing and extending our physical capabilities and therefore crucial for our continuous development.


At KAUST, we benefit from the excellent lab environment that allows us to apply the latest fabrication and characterization technologies to create new materials and structures for sensors and actuators.