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Dr. Mathias Bonmarin

Dr. Mathias Bonmarin

Dr. Mathias Bonmarin
ZHAW School of Engineering
Forschungsschwerpunkt Multiphysics Modeling and Imaging
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

Swiss Biodesign Bootcamp 2019 - Design Thinking for Health Technology 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.

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 thermal imaging methods for the medicine and biology.


July 2018 – July 2019: Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar, Novel Devices Laboratory (NDL) & Skin Research and Technology Collaborative (S2TC), University of Cincinnati (UC), Cincinnati USA.

July 2018 – Present: Scientific Consultant, Procter & Gamble, Mason USA.

February 2014 – present: Senior Lecturer and Group Leader, Institute of Computational Physics (ICP), Zürich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Winterthur Switzerland.

April 2016 – December 2017: Associate Scientific Collaborator, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg (UniFr), Fribourg Switzerland.

November 2010 – February 2014: Research Associate, Institute of Computational Physics (ICP), Zürich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Winterthur Switzerland.

May 2006 – June 2010: Teaching Assistant and PhD student, Institute of Physical Chemistry (PCI), University of Zurich (UZH), Zurich Switzerland.

October 2003 – October 2004: Postgraduate Research Assistant, Fresnel Institute, Marseille University, Marseille France.

February 2002 – July 2002 & March 2003 – July 2003: Visiting Postgraduate Research Assistant, Applied Optics Group, School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent, Canterbury United Kingdom.

Membership of networks


Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed Book parts, peer-reviewed Other publications Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

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).

Other contributions


Heikenfeld, J; Bonmarin, M. Device to measure fluid exposure. US Patent Application No. 62.835.261 (2019).

Bonmarin, M; Bader, C; Reinke, N; Hauri, S; Lengweiler, O. Device and a method to characterize tissue. European Patent Application No. 18181201.7 (2018).

Bonmarin, M; Geers, C; Monnier, C; Fink, A. Method for characterizing particles producing heat when exposed to light and device for carrying out the method. U.S. Patent Application No. 62.512.300 (2017).

Fahrni, S; Von Schultess, P; Reinke, N; Bonmarin, M. Measurement system and method for characterizing tissue. International Patent Application No. 2016.00099 (2016).

Monnier, C; Geer, C; Crippa, F; Fink, A; Bonmarin, M. Sample holder and lock-in thermography system with such. US Patent Application No. 62.331.017 (2016).

Bonmarin, M; Fastrich, A; Reinke, N. Device and method for characterization of tissue. WO2014043822 A1 (2014).

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).


Bonmarin, M. Investigating the thermal properties of the human skin for the development of new diagnostic methods in dermatology, Progress in Biomedical Photonics, The yearly meeting of the Biomedical Photonics Network, 11 December 2017 Bern, Switzerland. (Talk).

Bonmarin, M; Fahrni, S; Von Schultess, P; Kirsch, C; Reinke, N. A small and connected device to measure human skin properties using transient temperature measurement, Forum Cosmeticum, 10-12 May 2017 Basel, Switzerland. (Keynote speaker).

Bonmarin, M; Holzer, L; Schmid, B. Aktive Thermographie für Hautkrebs Diagnose, 25. Deutscher Hautkrebskongress der Arbeitsgemeinnschaft Dermatologische Onkologie (ADO), 10-12 September 2015 Munich, Germany. (Poster).

Lanz, T; Bonmarin, M; Offermans, T; Ruhstaller, B. Failure modes in all-plastic encapsulated flexible organic solar modules: experimental and computational analysis. 6th International Conference on Hybrid Inorganic-Organic Photovoltaic, 11-14 May 2014 Lausanne, Switzerland. (Poster).

Bonmarin, M. Bildgebende Oberflächenprüfung mit Lock-In Thermographie, WOT-2011 Winterthur Oberflächen Tag, 15 Septembre 2011 Winterthur, Suisse. (Talk).

Bonmarin, M; Helbing, J. Transient vibrational circular dichroism spectrometer: technical development. API'09 - First NanoCharM Workshop on Advanced Polarimetric Instrumentation, 7-9 Decembre 2009 Palaiseau, France. (Poster).

Bonmarin, M; Helbing, J. Picosecond Time-Resolved Vibrational Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy. Ultrafast Phenomena XVI, 9-13 June 2008, Stresa, Italie. (Poster).


Development of Thermal Imaging Methods for the Medicine and Biology. Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund, University of Houston – Cullen College of Engineering, 13 May 2019, Houston, USA

Medical and biological applications of thermal imaging. Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund, Lorain County Community College, 5-6 April 2019, Cleveland, USA.

Blending research, education and entrepreneurship at ZHAW School of Engineering, Seminar at the ZHAW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 26 June 2018, Winterthur, Switzerland.

Thermal imaging for medical applications: an overview of the research performed at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZUAS). Physics Department Colloquium, 29 August 2016, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, USA.

On the potential of active thermal imaging for skin cancer diagnostic, Institute for Radiology Colloquium, 19 February 2016, Kantonsspital Aarau, Aarau, Switzerland.

Lock-in thermography, a new tool for the early-stage detection of cutaneous melanoma. Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory Colloquium, 11 October 2012, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

Media (including for the startups I co-founded):

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».
SWISS ENGINEERING, October 2013. «Dem Hautkrebs auf der Spur».
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».