Dr. Franz Lärmer
Microsystems Technologies, Microfluidics and Molecular Diagnostics - Key Enablers for the Revolution of future Healthcare Technologies
“We develop automation solutions for molecular diagnostics, based on microsystems and microfluidics technologies. To name examples, our novel Lab-on-Chip platform "Vivalytic" will help win the race against viral infections like the actual SARS-CoV-2-pandemic, as well as bacterial infections and antibiotic resistances, and improve the treatment of cancer patients with targeted therapies, following our slogan “Invented for life”.”
In 1990, I started as a physicist in microsystems technologies at Bosch Corporate Research. After more than 10 years of successful work on new MEMS sensors for automotive and consumer electronics, I stepped into the development of microfluidics solutions for molecular diagnostics in healthcare. Currently I am a research fellow/senior chief expert, identifying and developing new applications for our Lab-on-Chip platform "Vivalytic", together with our business unit BHCS.
- Start at Bosch Corporate Research in Microsystems Technologies, Robert Bosch GmbH
- PhD degree, Technical University of Munich
- Diploma in physics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
F. Lärmer (2018)MEMS at BOSCH – Invented for Life
- Invited Keynote Talk at IEEE MEMS 2018 / Belfast
F. Lärmer (2016)Microsensors in Automotive Applications - Invented for Life
- Invited Keynote Talk at EUROSENSORS XXX, Budapest
F. Lärmer (2011)Chapter 7 – Dry Etching for Micromachining Applications
- Handbook of MEMS Materials and Processes
- Eds. R. Ghodssi, P. Lin, S. Senturia
- Elsevier, Amsterdam
F. Lärmer (2011)Chapter 9 – Through-Silicon Vias Using Bosch DRIE Process Technology
- Ultrathin Chip Technology and Applications
- Ed. J. N. Burghartz
- Springer Science and Business Media, LLC
F. Lärmer (2011)DRIE: Impact on MEMS and Applications
- Invited Keynote Talk at ISPlasma 2011, 3rd International Symposium on Advanced Plasma Science and Applications, Nagoya, Japan
F. Lärmer (2011)Key Technologies towards New MEMS application fields
- Invited Plenary Lecture at Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (AMN5) Conference, Wellington, New Zealand
F. Lärmer (2010)Bosch DRIE shaping MEMS
- Invited Keynote at Hiltonhead Workshop, Hiltonhead Island (USA)
F. Lärmer (2010)Chapter 23 – Deep Reactive Ion Etching
- Handbook of Silicon Based MEMS Materials and Technologies
- Eds. V. Lindroos, M. Tilli, A. Lehto and T. Motooka
- William Andrew, Inc.
F. Lärmer (2008)Chapter 6.03 – Dry Etching
- Comprehensive Microsystems
- Eds. O. Tabata, H. Zappe
- Elsevier, Amsterdam
F. Lärmer (2006)Chapter 10 – Mechanical Microsensors
- MEMS – a practical guide to design, analysis and application
- Eds. J. Korvink, O. Paul
- William Andrew Inc.
F. Lärmer (2005)Milestones in Deep Reactive Ion Etching
- Invited Plenary Talk at Transducers '05, Seoul (KR)
F. Lärmer (2003)Chapter 5.3 – Surface Micromachining – Discrete
- Sensors for Automotive Applications Vol. 4
- Eds. J. Marek, H.-P. Trah, Y. Suzuki, I. Yokomori
- Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim
Robert Bosch GmbH (1992)Method for Anisotropic Etching of Silicon
- F. Lärmer
- German Patent DE4241045
Interview with Dr. Franz Lärmer
Research Fellow Microsystems Technologies, Microfluidics and Molecular Diagnostics
Please tell us what fascinates you most about research.
What fascinates me most about research is identifying new topics, learning about new discoveries and effects each and every day, understanding their relevance for the business of Bosch, and taking the right decisions on which directions to pursue to realize a successful innovation.
What makes research done at Bosch so special?
Research at Bosch is oriented to the long-term, we don’t look for short-lived profit but for sustainable developments and business models which improve other people’s lives. We grant sufficient time to developing great ideas into successful products, following our slogan “Invented for life”.
What research topics are you currently working on at Bosch?
I am working on microfluidic microsystems to revolutionize molecular diagnostics at the point of care for innovative healthcare solutions, fighting infectious diseases and improving future cancer treatments, amongst others.
What are the biggest scientific challenges in your field of research?
The biggest scientific challenge in my field of research is the extremely wide scope of competency domains involved: deep medical knowledge, molecular biology, chemistry, physics, microengineering, and microassembly technology as well as software and algorithms to integrate into smart system solutions. This requires a highly interdisciplinary, open-minded team approach, with a broad spectrum of competencies working together closely.
How do the results of your research become part of solutions "Invented for life"?
Our efforts do not stop at proof-of-concept, but we focus on the development of viable solutions, building up partner networks and business models, and thinking towards what is needed to reach maturity for transfer to our business unit BHCS for product development. Only if we manage to transform our ideas into a product can we speak of an innovation. Our solutions to improve future healthcare are truly “Invented for life” in its most direct sense.