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Prof. Dr. Mathias Bonmarin

Prof. Dr. Mathias Bonmarin

Prof. Dr. Mathias Bonmarin

ZHAW School of Engineering
Forschungsschwerpunkt Optical Measuring Systems
Technikumstrasse 9
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 75 16

Personal profile

Position at the ZHAW

Senior Lecturer, Institute of Computational Physics.

Professional development teaching

CAS Swiss Biodesign for MedTech Innovators

Expertise and research interests

Medical devices, thermal imaging, infrared sensors, dermatology, clinical trials.

Educational background

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in University Didactic, February 2015, University of Fribourg, Fribourg Switzerland.

Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, 4th of October 2010, Graduate School of Chemical Molecular Sciences CMSZH, Zurich University, Zurich Switzerland. Thesis: “Development of Ultrafast Time-Resolved Chiral Infrared Spectroscopy”. PhD advisor: Dr. Jan Helbing.

Master in Economics, July 2005 (summa cum laude), Catholic University of Louvain-La-Neuve, Louvain-La-Neuve Belgium.

Master in Optics, Optoelectronics and Microwaves, April 2004, Grenoble Institute of Technology, Grenoble France.

Master in Biomedical Engineering, October 2002, Aix-Marseilles University, Marseille France.

Professional milestones

Mathias Bonmarin was born in Bern, Switzerland in 1979. He studied at the graduate school of science and engineering POLYTECH Marseille part of Aix-Marseille University and obtained his master’s degree in biomedical engineering in 2002. His thesis was devoted to optical coherence tomography in dermatology and was performed in the group of Prof. Podoleanu at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He moved to the Grenoble Institute of Technology INP to gain an additional master in optics, optoelectronics and microwave. After a year at the Fresnel Institute in Marseille, he decided to broaden his perspective and studied economics at the University of Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium where he graduated “summa cum laude.” Mathias went back to Switzerland in 2006 to do his PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Zurich in the group of Prof. Hamm. He joined the Zurich University of Applied Science as research associate in 2010 before being appointed senior lecturer at the Institute of Computational Physics in 2014. Between 2016 and 2017 he served as scientific collaborator at the Adolphe Merkle Institute of the University of Fribourg. He was also invited lecturer in the Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering of the University of Bern between 2015 and 2016. Between July 2018 and July 2019, Mathias was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the University of Cincinnati in the US in the group of Prof. Jason Heikenfeld at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Since July 2019 he is leading the Sensors and Measurement Systems group and Professor ZFH.

Mathias is the co-founder of the startup companies Dermolockin, opus néoi and Nanolockin. He works as consultant for various companies. His research interests focus on the development of innovative sensors for the medicine and biology. He is particularly interested in promoting innovation in the medical field.

Membership of networks



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Book parts, peer-reviewed
Conference contributions, peer-reviewed
Other publications
Oral conference contributions and abstracts
Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Peer-reviewed scientific articles:

Helbing, J.; Bonmarin, M. Vibrational circular dichroism signal enhancement using self-heterodyning with elliptically polarized laser pulses. Journal of Chemical Physics, 131(17):174507 (2009).

Helbing, J; Bonmarin, M. Time-Resolved Chiral Vibrational Spectroscopy. CHIMIA International Journal for Chemistry, 63(3):128-133 (2009).

Bonmarin, M; Helbing, J. Polarization control of ultrashort mid-IR laser pulses for transient vibrational circular dichroism measurements. Chirality, 21:298-306 (2009).

Bonmarin, M; Helbing, J. A picosecond time-resolved vibrational circular dichroism spectrometer. Optics Letters, 33(18):2086–2088 (2008).

Bibas, A; Podoleanu, A; Cucu, R; Bonmarin, M; Dobre, G; Ward, V; Odell, E; Boxer, A; Gleeson, M; Jackson, D. 3-D optical coherence tomography of the laryngeal mucosa. Clinical Otolaryngology, 29(6):713–720 (2005).

Peer-reviewed conference proceedings:

Bonmarin, M; Helbing, J. Time-Resolved Vibrational Circular Dichroism and Optical Rotation with Femtosecond Laser Pulses. In Ultrafast Phenomena XVII, 862-864 (2010).

Bibas, A; Podoleanu, A; Cucu, R; Bonmarin, M; Dobre, G; Ward, V; Odell, E; Boxer, A; Gleeson, M; Jackson, D. OCT imaging of the larynx: a feasibility study. Coherence Domain Optical Methods and Optical Coherence Tomography in Biomedicine VII. Proceedings of the SPIE, 4956:95-100 (2003).

Patents and patent applications

Other contributions

ZHAW IMPACT Magazine, March 2019. «Der Unternehmer, der keiner ist».

DermatologyAdvisor, 05.02.2019. «Thermography Helps Diagnose Allergic vs Irritant Contact Dermatitis».

Agefi, 13.11.2018. «Nanolockin chasse les nanoparticules qui s’immiscent dans nos vies»., 08.11.2018. «NanoLockin and Cortexia awarded at the Fribourg Innovation Award».

Freiburger Nachrichten, 08.11.2018. «Kleinste Teilchen kommen gross heraus».

Der Landbote, 06.07.2018. «Hightech für Hautprobleme».

ZHAW News, 31.05.2018. «Kranke Haut mit Hightech-Verfahren aufspüren».

ZHAW News, 27.03.2018. «Studierende entwickeln Gerät gegen Leishmaniose».

ZHAW IMPACT Magazine, March 2018. «Studierende entwickeln Gerät gegen Leishmaniose».

UNIFR News, 07.03.2018. «NanoLockin - das Start-Up, das Nanopartikel stimuliert »., 05.03.2018. «NanoLockin receives coaching and cash boost».

La Liberté, 05.03.2018. «Un outil de mesure fait maison».

ZHAW IMPACT Magazine, June 2017. «Hautzustand per App prüfen».

Adolphe Merkle Institute Annual Report, 2016. «NanoLockin - Optimizing magnetic nanoparticles to beat cancer».

ZHAW News, 25.11.206. «Tumorzellen gezielt abtöten dank massgeschneiderten Nanopartikeln».

ZHAW IMPACT Magazine, November 2016. «Massgeschneiderte Nanopartikel gegen Krebs».

ZHAW IMPACT Magazine, December 2015. «Hautkrankheiten mit Hightech-Verfahren aufspüren».

SFR1 Tagesschau, 17.07.2013. «Hautkrebs check mit high-tech statt lupe».

RTS: Interview on RTS info, 19.07.2013. «Une camera infrarouge pour detecter les cancers de la peau».

20 Minuten, 17.07.2013. «Neues Gerät erkennt Hautkrebs innert Minuten».

RTS: Info, 17.07.2014. «Une camera infrarouge pour detecter les cancers de la peau».

Der Landbote, 18.09.2015. «Ein Apparat der ZHAW stellt in nur100 Sekunden eine Hautkrebsdiagnose»., 26.09.2013. «Venture Kick zweiter Meilensteine für Dermolockin und Linksert»., 27.09.2013. «Foundations new opportunities for startups»., 03.12.2014. «Pionierpreis 2015: die top 15 stehen fest»., 04.09.2015. «Finalisten für Heubergerwinterthur Jungunternehmerpreis bestimmt»., 10.11.2015. «Je 150’000 Franken für drei life sciences startups»., 17.12.2015. «Interest-free loans granted to four technology startups».

Blick am Abend, 17.07.2013. «Ein Apparat der ZHAW stellt in nur100 Sekunden eine Hautkrebsdiagnose».