Ir.Jacobs, J.F. (Urjan)

Delft University of Technology

Section: Biotechnology
Faculty: Applied Sciences

Visiting address

Room P 1.010

Mail address

Julianalaan 67 2628 BC Delft The Netherlands


+31 (0)15 278 6626


+31 (0)15 278 2355

Urjan Jacobs is a biochemical engineer who has moved from research interests in design of bio-mimicry and environmental technology to social and ethical aspects of nanobiotechnology. He received his BSc in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and his MSc in Biochemical Engineering at Delft University of Technology. Subsequently, he worked as a researcher in the field of biotechnology focussing on process design of environmental nanotechnology. At present, he is PhD-student at Delft University of Technology working on communication and responsibility within nanobiotechnology within the Department of Biotechnology. The project is jointly supervised by Prof. Julian Kinderlerer, Prof. Jeroen van der Hoven, Dr. Ibo van der Poel en Dr. Patricia Osseweijer.

Scientific publications (selection)


  • Jacobs, J. F., I. Van de Poel, and P. Osseweijer. 2014. Clarifying the debate on selection methods for engineering: Arrow's impossibility theorem, design performances, and information basis. Research in Engineering Design 25: 3-10.


  • Zwart, Sjoerd D., Johannes Jacobs, and Ibo van de Poel. 2013. Values in engineering models: social ramifications of modeling in engineering design. Engineering Studies 5: 93-116.


  • Jacobs, Johannes. F., Ibo Van de Poel, and Patrica Osseweijer. 2010. Sunscreens with titanium dioxide (TiO2) nano-particles. A societal experiment. Nanoethics 4:103-113. available online