ETH Zurich

Project Coordinator

Prof. Salvador Pané i Vidal​

Prof. Dr. Salvador Pané i Vidal (Barcelona, 1980) is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS) at ETH Zürich. He received a B.S. (2003), M.S (2004) and a PhD in Chemistry (2008) from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) in the field of the electrodeposition of magnetic composites and magnetoresistive alloys. He became a postdoctoral researcher at IRIS in August 2008 and Senior Research Scientist in 2012. He has authored or co-​authored more than 100 articles in international peer-​reviewed journals and books for education in science.

Prof. Pané is currently working on bridging chemistry and electrochemistry with robotics at small scales. In the field of micro-​ and nanororobotics, his major focus has been the miniaturization of magnetic materials and conductive polymers and hydrogels for targeted drug delivery. He is the head of the IRIS electrochemistry laboratory at ETH, which he established in 2010. At present, he teaches a course on nanorobotics and supervises several on-​going PhD theses. He has established successful international collaborations with several research groups (Autonomous University of Barcelona, University of Barcelona, University of Würzburg, Boğaziçi University, University of Orléans, Michigan State University, University of Hamburg) and companies and institutions (Hirtenberger AG, IGS Research, EMPA, Steiger AG).

Prof. Pané has been also the coordinator for the FET Open project (Magnetic Nanoactuators for Quantitative Analysis), funded by the EU commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-​2013). In June 2013, Prof. Pané was awarded the highly competitive Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The grant provides 1.5 million euros over five years to investigate composite nanomaterials with magnetoelectric properties for chemical and biomedical applications. From 2015 to 2019, he was the Chair of the COST Action “e-​MINDS: Electrochemical processing methodologies and corrosion protection for device and systems miniaturization”, which brings together more than 40 European academic and industrial participants related to the areas of electrochemical manufacturing and corrosion science. Since 2016, he has served on the board of editors in the journal Applied Materials Today (Elsevier). He represents Switzerland in the European Academy of Surface Technology. He is also co-​founder of the startup Magnes AG. He was awarded a Consolidator Grant (ERC) in November 2017. The Grant provides 2.0 million euros over five years to develop gated porous nanorobots that can be remotely instructed to produce electrical fields. In future, these nanorobots could be used in the spinal cord or the optical nerve.


Fabian Landers

Fabian was born and raised in the beautiful northern German city of Hamburg. Curious about the country of chocolate and mountains, he attended ETH Zurich, where he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical engineering. During this time, he did a six-month internship at Evonik in the field of semiconductors in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

During his studies, he developed a keen interest in scaling phenomena and small-scale robots. For his Master’s thesis, he joined the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory, where he developed electroadhesive devices that enable small-scale robots to walk and climb on inclined and vertical surfaces.

Trading the Boston clam chowder for Swiss Raclette, he joined MSRL as a doctoral student in August 2019. His research puts a spotlight on the development, fabrication, and manipulation of small-scale robots for minimally invasive surgery and drug delivery. Within ANGIE, Fabian co-coordinates the development and manufacture of the drug delivery platform.

Outside the lab, he enjoys road biking, exploring the Swiss mountains, and the occasional glass of wine.

Research Assistant

Vitaly Pustovalov

Programme Information


H2020-EU.1.2.2. – FET Proactive


FETPROACT-EIC-05-2019 – FET Proactive: emerging paradigms and communities

Call for proposal


Funding Scheme

RIA – Research and Innovation action


Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Salvador Pané Vidal

ETH Zurich
Multi-Scale Robotics Lab
Tannenstrasse 3, CLA H9
CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland